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Ambulatory care

Mayo Clinic Pharmacy provides care to a diverse patient population with a wide range of medical conditions and drug therapies. Approximately 1,000 patients visit Mayo Clinic per day and approximately 3,500 prescriptions are filled at the six outpatient pharmacies located on the Mayo campus. This rotation is based in the Mayo building at a unique pharmacy where the prescriptions are filled at another offsite pharmacy. Student activities will focus on counseling patients, with additional emphasis on reviewing patient medical and medication histories, consulting with health care professionals, and preparing educational materials for pharmacy or clinic staff. The student will also have the opportunity to shadow pharmacists who provide medication therapy management (MTM) as well as pharmacists providing outpatient care to transplant patients. Other learning experiences, such as didactic learning sessions with the preceptor, medical grand rounds, and a session in Mayo's Multidisciplinary Simulation Center, are also incorporated into each individual's schedule.


The rotation will expose the student to the roles and functions of a pharmacist working in an outpatient pharmacy setting.


  • Enhance communication skills to provide effective drug information counseling to patients
  • Display appropriate professional communication when interacting with pharmacists and other health care providers
  • Broaden clinical knowledge of various disease states and their medication therapy
  • Participate in activities and projects that allow for professional growth and creativity

Pharmacy management

The pharmacy management rotation is designed to give the student exposure to issues affecting pharmacy operations. Throughout the rotation, the student will meet with members of the management team to discuss pharmacy administration theories, financial management, technology advancements, inventory control, quality assurance and improvement, personnel management and interdisciplinary issues. During the rotation, students will also learn about the role of each manager within the department. The student will also attend various meetings, including pharmacy operations meetings and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee meeting, throughout the rotation.


The rotation will enhance the student's understanding of the roles and functions of the pharmacy management team in an integrated health care facility.


  • Describe basic principles of personnel management with emphasis on hiring, dismissal, training, promotion, salary structure, etc.
  • Illustrate management of risk involved in outpatient pharmacy
  • Describe marketing principles as they relate to business promotion and advertising
  • Manage third party-program decisions
  • Describe methods of inventory purchase and control
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret monthly and yearly financial statements for financial analysis and control
  • List the purpose and activities of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Describe the process of formulary development and the problems related to its management and enforcement


The evaluation tool required by the student's college of pharmacy will be used by the rotation preceptors.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the very best education programs. Changes may be made to the curriculum and other aspects of this program as necessary to assure the highest-quality training.

  • Nov 2, 2012
  • ART158449