Student Observership

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, attending meetings, and participating in 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)
  • Present information in multiple venues which may include staff meetings, hospital committees and small groups if time permits

Number of positions available:

Dates of Observership:
June 7- July 16, 2021

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:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have deferred the 2020 Summer Pharmacy Observership program to the summer of 2021.  At this time, we are not accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Pharmacy Observership Program, please continue to check this website for information for future programs.  

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

Program Coordinator


Kathryn Pidcock, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Specialist, Internal Medicine