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PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester


The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Hospital

Developing the future critical care specialist

After completing the 12-month PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, you will be a proficient independent practitioner capable of providing advanced pharmaceutical care to critically ill patients.

The purpose of the PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester 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.

This PGY-2 residency is intended to create an intimate understanding of how to manage a critical care practice effectively and efficiently while demonstrating professional maturity and sound ethical character. The program prioritizes delivery of high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent acute care pharmacist. PGY-2 critical care pharmacy residents:

  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in multiple areas of critical care through a challenging curriculum
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary health care team by participating in cardiopulmonary resuscitations
  • Recommend drug information to the interdisciplinary critical care teams for diverse patient populations
  • Provide drug information to the interdisciplinary team in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect
  • Help provide seamless transitions from acute care settings to inpatient wards
  • Enhance skills in conducting clinical research and quality improvement
  • Strengthen communication skills to health care professionals, residents, students, patients and their caregivers to optimize drug therapy outcomes
  • Identify and promulgate medication use policies in cooperation with medical staff and administration

The PGY-2 critical care residency provides opportunities for training in a variety of critical care settings. During each learning experience, residents work closely with their preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians and other allied health professionals.

Program history

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester was accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1996 and has produced respected clinicians who practice across the U.S. The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. One candidate a year is selected on a competitive basis.

Dedicated preceptors

Preceptors for the PGY-2 critical care residency provide direct patient care in virtually every specialty area 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.

Nearly 20 preceptors for the PGY-2 critical care residency at Mayo Clinic are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in one or more areas, including Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP). All residency program preceptors meet the qualifications outlined by the ASHP.


Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world. Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester has 200 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in nine different specialty areas:

  • Cardiothoracic surgical ICU
  • Coronary ICU
  • General surgical and trauma ICU
  • Immunocompromised ICU
  • Medical ICU
  • Multispecialty surgical ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Neurology ICU
  • Pediatric ICU

This wide variety of ICU beds optimizes the learning experience for residents and provides diverse exposure to critical care populations.

More than 15,000 critical care patients are admitted to Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester annually, with an average length of stay of 3.2 days. Additionally, the institution has approximately 100 operating rooms and an emergency department that is a fully verified Level I Trauma Center and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.