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PGY-2 Pharmacy Residents in Critical Care

Clinical training

As a PGY-2 critical care resident, much of your time will be devoted to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. As a member of the Mayo Clinic health care team working with specialty pharmacist practitioners, you will design, recommend, monitor and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate principles of evidence-based medicine.

Through service commitment, the opportunity to refine skills to provide total pharmaceutical care for patients is achieved. Additionally, development of skills necessary to function as an independent, confident critical care practitioner will be refined.

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.

Pharmacokinetic monitoring is provided to eligible patients. You will serve as an information resource by providing recommendations for appropriate assay procedures, evaluation of serum drug concentrations and appropriate documentation in the medical record.

Required rotations

The PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency in Critical Care at Mayo Clinic in Florida is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. The following are required:

Area Length
Mayo Clinic and pharmacy orientation 6 weeks
Medical critical care 4 weeks
Nutrition support 12 weeks
Pharmaceutical investigation Longitudinal
Surgical critical care 4 weeks
Transplant acute care 4 weeks
Transplant critical care 4 weeks

Elective rotations

The elective rotations available allow the residents to tailor the learning experience to their needs. You may choose any of the following:

  • Cardiac critical care
  • Clinical toxicology and emergency medicine
  • Critical care infectious diseases
  • Critical care pharmacology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Investigational drug services
  • Liver transplantation
  • Neurology and neurosurgery critical care
  • Operating room and perioperative care
  • Pulmonary critical care
  • Renal transplantation

Teaching requirements and opportunities

Preceptor responsibilities

The PGY-2 critical care resident serves as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students and PGY-1 pharmacy residents. This learning opportunity further refines both clinical and didactic teaching skills necessary to ensure continual scholarly development.


You are required to provide multiple formal continuing education presentations throughout the academic year. Mayo 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

You will have the opportunity to participate on departmental and institutional committees to optimize the residency training experience. Through this experience, you will gain appreciation for consensus building and provide valuable input into practice decisions.

Research project and resources

You will be required to complete a research project. The project may be original research or development, enhancement or evaluation of some aspect of critical care pharmacy practice operation and delivery of services to patient care. A critical care faculty member will serve as your resident research associate to mentor and guide progress.

Research may be presented on national, regional and local levels during the residency year. Upon completion, the research project will be drafted in a manuscript of publishable quality. Submission for publication is highly encouraged.

Advanced life support, code participation and simulation center education

Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification are 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 your residency, you 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, is provided by the residency program.

The PGY-2 critical care resident typically attends the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Additional meetings are based on the discretion of the residency program director and available funds.

Practice coverage

You will provide staffing during your rotations at the direction of your preceptor and will be scheduled to provide practice coverage for the critical care units one evening a week.


Core standards for resident performance have been established by ASHP to provide clear expectations. The ResiTrak evaluation system is used to ensure that you will receive ongoing feedback that facilitates the development of your skills throughout the year. This feedback utilizes consistent assessment criteria and provides a mechanism to improve your skills. Goals and objectives for PGY-2 critical care 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 your residency, you will receive a certificate of completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences. To successfully complete a residency, you 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 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.

  • Oct 1, 2014
  • ART136164