Student Observership

Summer Pharmacy Observership Program

The Summer Pharmacy Observership Program at Houston Methodist Hospital is a six week, hands-on experience designed to provide an introduction to hospital-based pharmacy for students enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program who have completed their first or second year.

Objectives of Observership: 
The primary objective for this program is to provide students with the opportunity to understand and experience the various aspects of institutional pharmacy.  Under the guidance and/or supervision of certified pharmacy technicians and/or registered pharmacists, the observers shall:

  • Observe preparation of sterile parenteral admixtures and learn about medication distribution
  • Spend time with staff pharmacists in both centralized and decentralized pharmacy settings to understand their roles and duties
  • Observe pharmacy residents, clinical pharmacists, and clinical specialists in their various daily activities, which may include rounding, attend meetings, and student presentations/journal clubs
  • Attend meetings with pharmacy managers and spend time learning about their daily activities
  • Participate in various departmental research projects (quality improvement initiatives and process improvements projects)
  • Have opportunities to present information in multiple venues which may include staff meetings, hospital committees and small groups, time permitting

Number of positions available: 

Dates of Observership: 
June 6 – July 15, 2016 
Note:  Candidates should be available in the local area one to two weeks prior to start date to complete necessary  paperwork and drug/tobacco screening.

Paperwork required once selected: 
The Houston Methodist Hospital Education Institute application, Department of Pharmacy application and tobacco screening.


Credit Hours Earned for Pharmacy College or Texas State Board of Pharmacy Hours:

Application Process:
We will accept the first 25 applications received  January 18 through February 26, 2016.

To apply for the Pharmacy Summer Observership Program:
Submit the following via email to Kathryn N. Pidcock, PharmD, BCPS at
  1. Letter of Intent – including your reasons to pursue the Observership program and career goals
  2. Curriculum Vitae (or resume)
Applicants may be offered a phone interview with the selection committee.  The phone interview will last approximately 20 minutes.  No onsite interview is required.

For further information, see our FAQ page or please contact:
Kathryn N. Pidcock, PharmD, BCPS at