The Post-Graduate Year 1 Pharmacy Residency Program consists of comprehensive practice training utilizing the ASHP Residency Learning System to focus on learning and ensure goal achievement. Required areas of instruction are: Acute patient care, ambulatory patient care, administration and practice leadership, medication use policy management and drug information, pharmacy informatics, pharmaceutical investigation and practice coverage.
Acute patient care
As a member of the Mayo Clinic health-care team working with pharmacist specialists, you will design, recommend, monitor and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate the principles of evidence-based medicine. Areas of practice include internal medicine and critical care.
Ambulatory patient care
You will gain experience in the many facets of our ambulatory practice with an emphasis on patient education and the identification and resolution of patient specific medication-related problems. Development of therapeutic recommendations monitoring plans is integral to the care of our ambulatory patients. The primary areas of practice are Pharmacotherapy Consultations (Medication Therapy Management) and Family Medicine Clinic.
Administration and practice leadership
During this time, you will acquire a thorough understanding of departmental philosophy and mission, regulatory requirements and skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. You will learn leadership and project management skills and exercise these skills by working as a committee member.
Medication use and drug information management
The key focus of this experience will be learning how to utilize information to create a safe, high-quality medication use process. This will occur through participation in medication use evaluations, protocol and guideline development, and adverse drug reaction reporting programs. An understanding of formulary management activities are provided in addition to experiences gained by working in a formal Drug Information Center.
As a member of the Pharmacy Informatics team, you will gain a thorough understanding of medication database management and clinical decision support tools and their role in reducing medical errors in an inpatient and ambulatory setting. You will learn the regulatory requirements for an electronic medical record in multiple patient care settings.
You will be required to complete a research project. The project may be original research or development, enhancement or evaluation of some aspect of pharmacy operation and delivery of services for patient care. A faculty member will serve as your Resident Research Associate to guide you. Your research will 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.
Through practice coverage, you are given the opportunity to develop your practice skills in providing total pharmaceutical care for your patients. Additionally, you should develop the skills necessary to function as an independent confident practitioner. You will be scheduled one evening a week, and every fourth weekend for inpatient care and one day every month in community pharmacy.
Pharmacotherapy lecture series
Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to develop your presentation skills by attending and presenting at this bi-weekly lecture forum. At the conclusion of this series, you will have received fundamental concepts in pharmacotherapy needed in preparation to sit for the Board Certification exam in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS exam).
You will have the opportunity to participate on institutional committees. Through this experience, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable input into practice decisions, participate in consensus-building and possibly lead some discussions. A faculty member will serve as your preceptor and will attend all committee meetings and will provide guidance throughout the year.
The rotation schedule for the 12-month Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency will include:
|Mayo Clinic and Pharmacy Orientation||6 weeks|
|Six required rotations (4 weeks duration)||20 weeks|
|Four elective rotations (4 weeks duration)||20 weeks|
|Research Block ||2 weeks|
|Professional Conferences (10 business days)||2 weeks|
|Paid Time Off (10 business days)||2 weeks|
(plus 5 holidays)
The following are required rotations:
- Medicine - Inpatient
- Critical Care - General
- Ambulatory Care
- Administration and Practice Leadership
- Medication Use / Drug Information Management
- Pharmacy Informatics
For your elective rotations you may choose among the following list below. Electives may also include repeating a required rotation if an area of interest is expressed. Elective options may change depending on preceptor availability.
- Critical Care - specific to medical or surgical
- Emergency Medicine
- Heart/Lung Transplantation
- Investigational Drug Services
- Liver Transplantation
- Nutrition Support Services
- Peri-Operative Services
- Pharmacotherapy Consults & Service
- Renal Transplantation
- Surgical Services
Educational outcomes and goals for the Post-Graduate Year 1 pharmacy resident training have been established by ASHP and rotation activities have been to provide a support learning and performance expectations. The Residency Learning System is used to provide ongoing feedback to assist with the development of your skills to ensure you meet the goals established.
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.