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Teaching and Learning

If not previously completed, a longitudinal teaching and learning certificate (TLC) is recommended. The TLC curriculum was specifically designed to train residents on the expectations, roles, and responsibilities associated with teaching learners in didactic and experiential settings. Completion of the certificate program prepares residents for a future role as preceptor, mentor, and/or faculty member. The resident is assigned a TLC mentor and the curriculum consists of the following:

TLC workshop 

At the beginning of the academic year, residents attend an eight-hour workshop to learn the foundational principles of pedagogy, course creation, philosophies of learning, writing measureable objectives, and creating evaluation questions. The latter portion of the workshop includes case-based vignettes that focus on difficult or challenging scenarios that young preceptors may encounter. 

Formal presentations

Pharmacy residents are required to provide continuing education presentations at various venues throughout the academic year. One such venue is Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds, where residents showcase pharmacology expertise to an interdisciplinary audience comprised of pharmacists, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse specialists, and nurses. Mayo Clinic Pharmacy Grand Rounds is accredited for ACPE, AMA, ANCC, and AAPA continuing education credit and broadcast to all Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System sites across the United States. Regardless of location, learners can actively participate in assessment questions using state-of-the-art polling software on mobile devices. A more focused opportunity to present is at Mayo Clinic Health System - Northwest Wisconsin Primary Care Grand Rounds. The audience includes all members of the primary care team and is similarly accredited for continuing education credit. Formal evaluations on presentation skills are provided to the resident for continued public speaking development.

Informal presentations

Given the role of pharmacists serving as a medication expert, residents are required to deliver informal presentations to the interdisciplinary team that provide timely practice updates or clinical pearls. Residents may have additional presentation requests by the interdisciplinary team while on specific learning experiences.

Precepting and classroom teaching

Pharmacy residents will receive training, opportunities, and support to refine precepting skills in order to transition to independent preceptor. By learning and working alongside an experienced preceptor, residents are guided through precepting of an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) student and/or Post Graduate Year One Pharmacy Residents.