Will I receive college credit or internship hours for completing this program?
No, this experience cannot be used for college credit or internship hours.

I am a foreign pharmacy student/graduate. Can I apply?
No, at this time, the program is only open to students from U.S. pharmacy schools that can obtain a Texas State Board Pharmacist Intern license.

I am a foreign pharmacy graduate. Will this program help me obtain hours in order to practice in the United States?
No, this experience cannot be used to gain practice hours for licensure.

Can I change the dates of the observership?
The dates of the observership program cannot be modified or changed. While it is understandable that participants may miss a day or two, we are unable to accommodate participants who will not be available for a week or more during the program time frame.

What hours would I be expected to work?
Observers are expected to be onsite for at least eight hours a day. Most often, the activities will be scheduled from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; however, some activities may require observers to come in earlier or leave later.

What is the required attire?
Professional dress is the standard attire at Houston Methodist. Some experiences may require that participants wear scrubs (i.e., when observing in a clean room or in an operating room).

Where will I be able to park?
Parking is available in several garages and parking lots, all of which have a daily fee.

If I do not reside in Houston, is lodging provided?
No, room and board is the responsibility of the applicant.

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, a certificate of completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.

How much pharmacotherapy knowledge am I expected to know?
This program is designed for students who have completed their first or second year in a Doctor of Pharmacy Program. The main focus is to allow you to learn and experience working in a hospital setting. You will have the opportunity to engage in many tasks and it is expected that you ask questions and use drug references to assist you, but you are not expected to be an expert.

I have not worked in a hospital before. Can I still apply?
Yes, consideration will be given to all applicants regardless of experience.

Will I get to round on a team to see patients and present cases to the medical team?
As part of the program, you will be given the opportunity to spend time with clinical specialists who work in a variety of settings (e.g., internal medicine, cardiology, critical care, etc.). You may be able to observe patient work-up by various preceptors, but you will not present to a medical team.

I want to volunteer at Houston Methodist. Whom do I contact?
Contact Volunteer Services.

To find out more information, visit our Observership Program.