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Developing the future ambulatory care pharmacist

After completing the 12-month PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Ambulatory Care at Mayo Clinic, you will be a proficient independent practitioner capable of providing advanced pharmacotherapy knowledge to a multitude of ambulatory care patient populations.

The purpose of the PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Ambulatory Care at Mayo Clinic is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and PGY-1 pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY-2 residencies provide you with opportunities to function independently as a practitioner by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care or other advanced practice settings.

Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY-2 pharmacy residency are prepared for advanced patient care, academic, or other specialized positions, along with board certification, if available.

The program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacist. As a PGY-2 ambulatory care pharmacy resident, you will:

  • Provide both comprehensive and targeted medication therapy management services to a variety of patient populations including transitions of care
  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in a broad range of ambulatory care therapeutics through consultative and collaborative practice agreement roles
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary health care team offering patient-specific interventions to optimize drug therapy outcomes
  • Develop education for a variety of health care professionals, including pharmacy students, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical students and residents, and physicians
  • Provide drug information to the interdisciplinary team in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect
  • Counsel and educate patients and health care providers on medication use, monitoring parameters, and cost-effectiveness
  • Enhance your skills in conducting clinical research and medication use evaluations
  • Strengthen communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing a professional manuscript, and leading interdisciplinary discussions
  • Develop pharmacy practice management skills by leading various committees, establishing policies, and understanding the pharmacy practice philosophy

The PGY-2 ambulatory care residency provides opportunities for training in many of the ambulatory care practice sites. During each learning experience, you will work closely with preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians, and other allied health care professionals.

Program history

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Ambulatory Care at Mayo Clinic has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2016. The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into ambulatory practice settings. One candidate a year is selected on a competitive basis.

Dedicated preceptors

Preceptors for the PGY-2 ambulatory care residency provide direct patient care in various outpatient settings and are actively involved in resident teaching and other scholarly activities. The preceptors come from diverse backgrounds and share numerous years of experience, clinical knowledge, and research interests. Residents have direct access to these and many more preceptors and mentors to optimize the learning experience.

More than 100 pharmacists at Mayo Clinic are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in various practice areas. All residency program preceptors meet the qualifications outlined by the ASHP.

Facilities

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, where more than 1.3 million patients are seen annually, includes extensive outpatient facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world. The campus consists of approximately 30 buildings. The Mayo Building and Gonda Building serve as the central area for physician offices, examination rooms, and procedure rooms.

Education for this residency primarily takes place in the ambulatory care clinics located throughout the city of Rochester. The Baldwin BuildingMayo Family Clinic Northeast, and Mayo Family Clinic Northwest serve as the primary care centers for local community residents. Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, which is located 15 miles from Rochester, also is a primary care clinic practice site for this residency. Some learning experiences may be located at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, at either the Saint Marys campus (1,265 beds) or the Methodist campus (794 beds).

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