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Pharmacist working in emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

PGY-2 emergency medicine residents devote much of their time to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. A breadth of learning experiences has been designed to increase and refine clinical competency, provide direct bedside care as part of the emergency department multidisciplinary team, and develop confidence as an independent practitioner.

Direct bedside patient care services allow a resident to provide patient-specific pharmaceutical care services. Responsibilities include development of individualized care and monitoring plans for various patient populations. After coaching, instruction, and modeling by a preceptor, residents are assessed and constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based recommendations.

Drug information is provided to patients, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals. Feedback is provided to enhance drug information-retrieval skills using a variety of resources and modalities.

Required learning experiences

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. Required learning experiences include:

Area Length
Orientation 3-4 weeks
Emergency medicine 6 blocks, 4 weeks each (24)
Clinical toxicology 4 weeks
Intensive care unit (specialty of choice) 4 weeks
Surgical and trauma intensive care unit 4 weeks
Emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency preparedness Longitudinal, 12 months
Practice management, administration, and medication safety Longitudinal, 12 months
Quality improvement Longitudinal, 12 months
Research Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching and presentations Longitudinal, 12 months
Staffing Longitudinal, 12 months

Elective learning experiences

Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of settings that allow residents to tailor the program to their needs. The list below includes popular elective learning experiences that past PGY-2 emergency medicine residents completed.

  • Cardiology intensive care unit
  • Cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit
  • Emergency department: community practice
  • Emergency department: overnight
  • Medical intensive care unit
  • Neuroscience intensive care unit

Additional elective learning experiences may be available upon request.

Staffing commitment

All PGY-2 residents provide up to 20 hours of staffing every four weeks. Staffing may include a combination of weekend and evening experiences to maintain operational and clinical pharmacy competency and knowledge. No formal on-call program exists.

Curriculum enhancements

The Department of Pharmacy and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences are committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.