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PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester

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Developing the future clinical pharmacist

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

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

  • Develop expertise, knowledge and skills in a broad range of 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, a medication use evaluation and quality improvement initiatives
  • Strengthen your communication skills by presenting formal and informal lectures, writing a professional manuscript, and leading interdisciplinary discussions
  • Participate as an active member in cardiopulmonary resuscitations
  • Develop pharmacy practice management skills by leading various committees, establishing policies and understanding the pharmacy practice philosophy
  • Network with fellow pharmacy residents and practicing clinicians through professional membership and conferences

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency provides opportunities for general training in all areas of practice. 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 Hospital — Rochester originated in 1971 and was accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in 1992. The program was recently reaccredited by ASHP for the maximum allowable term. Countless graduates practice across the U.S. as respected clinicians and specialists.

The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. Up to four candidates a year are selected on a competitive basis.

Dedicated preceptors

Core preceptors for the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency provide direct patient care in virtually every specialty area 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 campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is divided between outpatient and inpatient facilities. The extensive outpatient facilities are part of Mayo Clinic, while Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester includes the Saint Marys Campus (1,265 beds) and the Methodist Campus (794 beds). Together, these represent one of the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Training for this residency is primarily conducted at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, though you may have rotations at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital or Mayo Clinic's outpatient complex.

  • Sep 4, 2015
  • ART006249