Pharmacy Practice Residency in Primary Care at Mayo Clinic

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Organization Type: 
Not For Profit
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other Element(s): 
Medication-Use Evaluation and Research
Program Description: 

The Mayo Clinic Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency in Primary Care program is designed to provide students with high-quality didactic and clinical experiences in order to create well-rounded, fully competent clinical pharmacists who are able to serve a multitude of ambulatory care patient populations.  This residency provides opportunities for general training in many areas of ambulatory care and during each rotation, residents work closely with their preceptor, highly qualified pharmacists, physicians and other allied health care professionals.

During this program, residents 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 skills in conducting clinical research and a medication use evaluation
  • Strengthen 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

Established in 2011, this program is pending accreditation from the America Society of Health-System Pharmacists.  The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into primary care or ambulatory practice settings.  One candidate a year is selected on a competitive basis to participate in this residency program.

Targeted Professions
Ambulatory Care
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Team leadership
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Assessment of patient outcomes
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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