After completing the 12-month PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse, Wisconsin, you will be a proficient independent general practitioner capable of providing broad pharmacotherapy knowledge to a multitude of patient populations.
The purpose of the PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse is to build on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists who are responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions and eligible for board certification and postgraduate, year-two (PGY-2) pharmacy residency training.
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:
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, medication use evaluations 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 numerous areas of practice. During each learning experience, you work closely with preceptors, highly qualified pharmacists, providers and other allied health care professionals.
The PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency at Mayo Clinic Health System — La Crosse has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) since 2015. The residency program is continuously evaluated for improvement opportunities to ensure graduates make a seamless transition into clinical practice. Two candidates are selected on a competitive basis each year.
As a resident, you have direct access to skilled and dedicated preceptors and mentors to optimize your learning experience. All preceptors meet qualifications outlined by ASHP, and many are certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Mayo Clinic Health System — Franciscan Healthcare is a licensed, 331-bed, community hospital located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and is part of the Southwest Wisconsin Region of Mayo Clinic Health System. Training for this residency program is conducted in La Crosse.
Eligible candidates for PGY-1 pharmacy residencies must have:
A Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from a college of pharmacy accredited (or in the process of pursuing accreditation) by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
A pharmacist license or be eligible for licensure in the state where the residency is conducted
U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
Eligible candidates for PGY-2 pharmacy residencies must have completed an accredited PGY-1 pharmacy residency (or have equivalent experience) before starting the program.
Today's allied health education requires that the accumulation of scientific knowledge be accompanied by the simultaneous acquisition of essential skills and professional attitudes and behavior. The goal of Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs is to graduate the best health care practitioners. Further, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences must also ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy by residents with impaired intellectual, physical or emotional functions.
Therefore, admission to educational programs is offered only to those applicants who meet qualifications for education and training in the art and science of the respective allied health profession. Applicants should possess the following general qualities at all times:
Excellent communication skills
Emotional stability and maturity
Professional and ethical conduct
Physical and mental stamina
Ability to learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings
You must be able to perform the essential functions of the profession and meet the standards of the curriculum. Residents seeking exceptions to these standards or reasonable accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in the program and to ensure patient safety. Applicants must demonstrate objective competency in English through the admission interview and may be required to submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or equivalent examination.
Applicants are judged not only on scholastic accomplishments but also on physical and emotional capacities to meet the requirements of the program's curriculum and to graduate as skilled and effective practitioners, with reasonable accommodations, if applicable. To preserve the welfare of residents and patients, each Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program will establish minimum standards deemed essential for safety in practicing that respective profession. Applicants seeking accommodations should initiate their request with the program director.
Admissions committees for each program may require additional specific admission standards. Documentation of these program-specific standards is available from the program director.
Additional admission requirements
Applicants offered admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences programs must comply with prevailing institutional policies and procedures regarding:
Occupational health review, a physical exam or both
Background study and immediate disclosure of any criminal convictions
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), confidentiality, and other training deemed necessary by Mayo Clinic or the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences program
Questions about these requirements can be directed to the school. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for rescinding an admission offer or terminating admission.
Residents are required to exhibit professional and ethical conduct at all times.
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences upholds all federal and state laws that preclude discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities or veteran status.
About Mayo Clinic Health System - La Crosse, WI
Starting as Western Wisconsin's first hospital in 1883, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare continues to put the needs of our patients first as we deliver safe, high-quality patient care to the 7 Rivers Region.
As part of a respected network of community-focused hospitals and clinics that serve Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, nearly 16,500 staff in all collaborate to bring quality healthcare to our patients. Our affiliation with Mayo Clinic brings world renowned medical expertise into our local community — extending the trust and hope that is achievable when our team of more than 65,000 are focused on meeting our patients healthcare needs.
As part of one of the largest, most advanced integrated health care organizations in the world, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System offer exceptional pharmacy residency programs. Residents work side-by-side with world-class pharmacists and providers who have a single, unified vision: the needs of the patient come first. With state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled resources, and mentorship from highly regarded clinicians in the profession, graduates can transform pharmacy practice.