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Curriculum

Clinical training

As a PGY-1 pharmacy resident, much of your time will be devoted to comprehensive training as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Learning experiences focus on acute and ambulatory patient care in addition to administration and practice leadership.

As a member of the Mayo Clinic health care team working with pharmacist practitioners in the acute care setting, you will design, recommend, monitor and evaluate patient-specific therapeutic regimens that incorporate principles of evidence-based medicine. Additional experiences in ambulatory care emphasize patient education and medication therapy review.

The administration and practice leadership experience focuses on understanding the departmental philosophy and mission, regulatory requirements, and developing skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. All of these experiences provide a well-rounded curriculum that fosters comprehensive development of a general pharmacist clinician.

Required rotations

The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic in Florida is designed to provide a diverse experience for the future clinician. These rotations are required:

Area Length
Mayo Clinic and pharmacy orientation 6 weeks
Administration and practice leadership 4 weeks
Ambulatory care 4 weeks
Critical care (general) 4 weeks
Medication use and drug information management 4 weeks
Medicine (inpatient) 4 weeks
Pharmacy informatics 4 weeks
Research Longitudinal

Elective rotations

The elective rotations allow the residents to tailor the learning experience to their needs. Elective rotations may include repeating a required rotation if an area of interest is expressed. Options may change depending on preceptor availability. You may choose any of the following:

  • Cardiology
  • Critical care (medical or surgical)
  • Education
  • Emergency medicine
  • Heart and lung transplantation
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Investigational drug services
  • Liver transplantation
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition support services
  • Perioperative services
  • Pharmacotherapy consults and service
  • Renal transplantation
  • Surgical services

Teaching requirements and opportunities

Preceptor responsibilities

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

Presentations

Throughout the year, development of presentation skills by attendance and presentation at the biweekly Pharmacotherapy Lecture Series is required. At the conclusion of this series, fundamental concepts in pharmacotherapy necessary for preparation for the board certification exam in pharmacotherapy (BCPS exam) are achieved.

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

PGY-1 pharmacy residents have the opportunity to participate on institutional committees. Through this experience, valuable input into practice decisions, participation in consensus building and discussion leadership occurs. A faculty member provides guidance and serves as your preceptor at committee meetings.

Research project and resources

You will be required to complete a research project. The project may be original research or a 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 mentor and guide progress.

Research may 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.

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, may be provided by the residency program.

The PGY-1 pharmacy resident typically attends the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and the Florida Residency Conference. Additional meetings are based on the discretion of the residency program director and available funds.

Practice coverage

Through practice coverage, development of practice skills to provide complete pharmaceutical care for patients is refined. Additionally, skills necessary to function as an independent confident practitioner are developed. Typically, you will be scheduled one evening a week and every fourth weekend for inpatient care and one day every month in community pharmacy.

Evaluation

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 the PGY-1 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.

  • Dec 6, 2013
  • ART637124