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Clinical training

PGY-1 pharmacy residents devote much of their time to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Learning experiences focus on acute and ambulatory patient care in addition to administration and practice leadership.

As a member of the Mayo Clinic health care team working with pharmacist practitioners in the acute care setting, residents design, recommend, monitor and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate principles of evidence-based medicine. Additional experiences in ambulatory care emphasize patient education and medication therapy management.

The administration and practice leadership experience focuses on understanding the departmental philosophy and mission, regulatory requirements, and developing skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. All of these experiences provide a well-rounded curriculum that fosters comprehensive development of a general pharmacist clinician.

Required rotations

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. These rotations are required:

Area Length
Mayo Clinic and pharmacy orientation 6 weeks
Administration and practice leadership 4 weeks
Ambulatory care 4 weeks
Critical care (general) 4 weeks
Medicine (inpatient) 4 weeks
Medication quality 4 weeks
Pharmacy informatics 4 weeks
Practice coverage Longitudinal
Administration and practice leadership Longitudinal
Education Longitudinal
Institutional practice Longitudinal
Research Longitudinal

Elective rotations

The elective rotations allow the residents to tailor the learning experience to their needs. Elective rotations may include repeating a required rotation if an area of interest is expressed. Options may change depending on preceptor availability.

Residents may choose any of the following:

  • Cardiology
  • Hematology/oncology (inpatient or ambulatory)
  • Infectious disease
  • International health
  • Investigational Drug Services
  • Neurology
  • Perioperative services
  • Transplant (inpatient or ambulatory)

Teaching requirements and opportunities

Preceptor responsibilities

The PGY-1 pharmacy resident serves as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students. This learning opportunity further refines both clinical and didactic teaching skills necessary to ensure continual scholarly development.


Throughout the year, development of presentation skills by attendance and presentation at the Pharmacotherapy Lecture Series is required. At the conclusion of this series, fundamental concepts in pharmacotherapy necessary for preparation for the board certification exam in pharmacotherapy (BCPS exam) are achieved.

Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development, in collaboration with the Department of Pharmacy, is a continuing education provider recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Practice committees

PGY-1 pharmacy residents have the opportunity to participate on institutional committees. Through this experience, valuable input into practice decisions, participation in consensus building and discussion leadership occurs. A faculty member provides guidance and serves as a preceptor for the resident at committee meetings.

Research project and resources

Residents are required to complete a research project. The project may be original research or a development, enhancement or evaluation of some aspect of pharmacy operation and delivery of services for patient care. Faculty members are assigned to serve as resident research associates to mentor and guide progress.

Research may be presented on national, regional and local levels during the residency year. A manuscript of publishable quality is required prior to program completion, and submission for publication is highly encouraged.

Basic life support, code participation and simulation center education

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is required prior to the start of the program. An additional pharmacy department orientation on code cart basics is required.

Required learning experiences may be augmented through training at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Simulation-based education provides a controlled or simulated environment created to imitate real-life patient care settings where learners can practice and master skills without putting patients at risk.

Professional travel

During the residency, trainees may have the opportunity to attend up to two weeks of professional meetings for the purpose of networking, professional development and service to the profession. Funding for travel-related expenses, such as airfare, hotel and registration fees, may be provided by the residency program.

The PGY-1 pharmacy resident typically attends the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Florida Residency Conference. Additional meetings are based on the discretion of the residency program director and available funds.

Practice coverage

Through practice coverage, development of practice skills to provide complete pharmaceutical care for patients is refined. Additionally, skills necessary to function as an independent, confident practitioner are developed. Typically, residents are scheduled one evening a week and every fourth weekend for inpatient care.


Core standards for resident performance have been established by ASHP to provide clear expectations. The PharmAcademic evaluation system is used to ensure that residents receive ongoing feedback that facilitates the development of their skills throughout the year. This feedback utilizes consistent assessment criteria and provides a mechanism to improve trainee skills. Goals and objectives for the PGY-1 Residency have been established and rotation activities selected to provide a clear understanding of learning and performance expectations.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the residency, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. To successfully complete a residency, trainees must:

  • Contribute to providing the best patient care and achieving the mission and goals of the pharmacy department
  • Obtain a minimum of 2,000 hours of training time during no fewer than 50 weeks
  • Complete all residency requirements and evaluations
  • Meet the behavioral objectives for each rotation and the program

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is 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.

Sept. 14, 2017