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Mayo Clinic solid organ transplant pharmacists discussing a case

Clinical training

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Solid Organ Transplant (SOT) devotes time to comprehensive practice training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. After instruction, modeling, and coaching by a preceptor, residents are assessed and constructively critiqued on how to further refine the delivery of evidence-based, individualized care, and recommendations.

As a member of the health care team working with pharmacist preceptors, residents design, recommend, monitor, and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine with individualized tailoring. Through practice coverage, residents have the opportunity to refine their skills in providing total pharmaceutical care for their patients — coupling the breadth of internal medicine issues with the depth of an immunocompromised host.

Required learning experiences

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

Area Length
Orientation 4 weeks (2 weeks)
Ambulatory care transplant 4 weeks
Heart transplant 4 weeks
Kidney and pancreas transplant 4 weeks
Liver transplant 4 weeks
Lung transplant 4 weeks
Pharmacy staffing Longitudinal, 12 months
Professional development Longitudinal, 12 months
Quality improvement Longitudinal, 12 months
Research Longitudinal, 12 months
Teaching/presentations series: Pharmacy Grand Rounds, Physician Assistant Transplant Pharmacology Module, Topic Discussions and Mentorship, Transplant Grand Rounds Longitudinal: Four ad hoc learning experiences, 4 weeks each

Elective learning experiences

Elective learning experiences are available in a variety of settings that allow residents to tailor the program to their needs. Approximately four months throughout the PGY-2 residency year are dedicated to elective experiences.

Medication use evaluation and quality improvement training

All residents are required to complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) and accompanying quality improvement (QI) project during the residency year. The goal of the MUE-QI project is to develop a systematic process designed to determine, improve and maintain the appropriate and effective use of medications. Residents are afforded a mentor and are required to complete QI education and training through the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy.

Staffing commitment

Staffing solid organ transplant experience — 16 hours every fourth weekend with two one-week staffing blocks (about 24 hours/month averaged for the year) with transplant services staffed during one-week blocks based on the resident’s interests and career aspirations.

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.