Curriculum

  • Department orientation: Six weeks
  • Critical Care: Six weeks
  • Internal Medicine: Six weeks
  • Ambulatory Care: Four weeks
  • Infectious Disease: Four weeks
  • Research and medication use evaluation: Four weeks
  • Elective rotations*: Four weeks
  • Administration and medication safety: Longitudinal

* Elective rotations in numerous areas are available within Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic in Rochester. 

Presentations

You are required to provide multiple formal continuing education presentations throughout the academic year at Pharmacy Grand Rounds. Required presentations typically include a patient case with review of the literature, a journal club and a controversial pharmacy topic, though these may be tailored to optimize the learning experience. 

Formal evaluations on presentation skills are provided for continual development. Residents may have additional presentation requests by the interdisciplinary team while on rotation. 

Teaching certificate and precepting opportunities

An elective teaching certificate workshop is available to gain firsthand knowledge and development of teaching skills. The workshop highlights principles of pedagogy, matching teaching goals to classroom and testing activities, assessment of educational outcomes, and practice pearls for clinical teaching. Submission of a teaching philosophy and example learning experiences with evaluations are required for a certificate. 

Residents will have the opportunity to precept advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) and introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPE) students from regional colleges of pharmacy and medical students from the University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program. 

Practice committees

You will have the opportunity to participate in institutional committees to optimize the residency training experience. Core committee involvement will include Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Medication Safety. 

Research project and resources

As a collaborative effort with an experienced mentor, trainees conduct at least one clinical research project to develop skills to ask and answer practice questions unexplored by the literature. In addition, research training is gained through the pharmacy research curriculum. The research curriculum includes live and online modules designed to complement the application of learned skills via the research project. 

You will be required to present the results of your research at the Midwest Pharmacy Residents Conference. You will have time devoted specifically to your research project during the academic year. 

Medication use evaluation

All residents are required to complete a medication use evaluation (MUE) during the residency year. The goal of the MUE is to develop a systematic process designed to determine and maintain the appropriate and effective use of medications. A mentor will be assigned to help you with the MUE project. 

Staffing

Residents will staff every third weekend (day and evening rotations) along with two holidays. No overnight or on-call staffing is required. 

Evaluation

Core standards for resident performance have been established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) to provide clear expectations. The PharmAcademic 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.