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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

Developing the future ambulatory care pharmacist

After the 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic, you will be a proficient independent general practitioner capable of providing broad pharmacotherapy knowledge to a multitude of ambulatory care patient populations.

The program provides the high-quality didactic and clinical experiences needed to create a well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacist. As an ambulatory care resident, you will:

  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in a broad range of ambulatory care therapeutics through direct patient care
  • Contribute to an interdisciplinary health care team offering patient-specific interventions to optimize drug therapy outcomes
  • Provide drug information to the interdisciplinary team in an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect
  • Enhance your skills in conducting clinical research and a medication use evaluation
  • Strengthen your communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing a professional manuscript, and leading interdisciplinary discussions
  • Develop pharmacy practice management skills by leading various committees, establishing policies and understanding the pharmacy practice philosophy
  • Counsel and educate patients and health care providers on medication use, monitoring parameters and cost effectiveness
  • Provide comprehensive medication therapy management services to a variety of specialty areas

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic provides opportunities for general training in many areas of ambulatory care. During each rotation, you will work closely with your preceptor, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians and other allied health care professionals.

Program history

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic was established in 2011 and is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into ambulatory practice settings. One candidate a year is selected on a competitive basis.

Dedicated preceptors

Preceptors for the PGY-1 ambulatory care residency provide direct patient care in various outpatient settings and are actively involved in resident teaching and other scholarly activities. The preceptors come from diverse backgrounds and share numerous years of experience, clinical knowledge and research interests. You will have direct access to these and many more preceptors and mentors to optimize the learning experience.

More than 70 pharmacists at Mayo Clinic are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in various practice areas. All residency program preceptors meet the qualifications outlined by the ASHP.


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., where more than 1 million patients are seen annually, includes extensive outpatient facilities. This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world. The campus consists of approximately 30 buildings. The Mayo Building and Gonda Building serve as the central area for physician's offices, examination rooms and procedure rooms.

Education for this residency primarily takes place in the ambulatory care clinics located throughout the city of Rochester. The Baldwin Building, Mayo Family Clinic Northeast and Mayo Family Clinic Northwest serve as the primary care centers for local community residents. Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, which is located 15 miles from Rochester, also is a primary care clinic practice site for this residency.

  • Oct 1, 2014
  • ART493065