Pharmacy Student Rotations

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (LPCH) Pharmacy Department serves as a resource for practicing pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students, residents and other health professionals. As an academic medical center, pharmacy students have the unique opportunity to complete specialty rotations in the areas of general pediatrics, neonatal/pediatric intensive care, hospital operations, home infusion and outpatient pharmacy.

Learning objectives

APPE pharmacy students at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford will spend 4-6 weeks on rotation and will gain an understanding of the role of a clinical, inpatient and/or outpatient pharmacist in a pediatric setting. Specific activities include but are not limited to:

  • Identifying those patients at greatest risk for medication therapy problems
  • Building a patient-specific data base via chart review and interdisciplinary rounds
  • Designing or modifying therapeutic regimens
  • Designing monitoring plans and identifying therapeutic goals
  • Recommending or communicating a therapeutic plan to team members
  • Following up on the effects of a therapeutic plan or regimen
  • Providing drug information and in-service education to team members
  • Providing pharmacokinetic consults
  • Presenting a minimum of two formal presentations (one journal club and one case presentation)
  • Completing a formal pharmacy drug information question
  • Attend and may present a formal drug monograph to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting
  • Understanding and developing the unique pharmacy skills that are necessary in a pediatric setting

Daily responsibilities

Pharmacy students on pediatric rotations are expected to pre-round on patients before interdisciplinary rounds. In addition, students are required to contact the order verification pharmacists before and after rounds to provide them with updates on medication issues and therapeutic plans.

In the afternoons, students meet with their preceptors to discuss readings, projects, or patient cases. In addition to keeping up with assigned readings and clinical rounds, students are evaluated on their formal presentations and inpatient pharmacy performance.

Pharmacy locations

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Lucile Packard Children's Home Pharmacy
4600 Bohannon Drive, Suite 105
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Students are required to obtain a name badge at the security desk located at the front entrance of the hospital. On your first day your preceptor will meet you in the Main hospital lobby. To reach the main inpatient pharmacy, take the Redwood elevators from the main hospital lobby to the 3rd floor.  Upon exiting the elevators, turn left.  Follow the hallway to the dinosaur at the end of the hallway. Go through the double doors on the left, turn left at the corner, and the inpatient pharmacy front desk will be the fourth door on the left.


Please see the Stanford University Parking & Transportation Services website at for more information about parking/transportation options at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

Dress code

The pharmacy dress code is professional/business casual. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory. Students may wear a white coat but are not required.

Attendance policy

Attendance is mandatory Monday through Friday. All absences must be approved by the student program coordinators. Make up work may be assigned at the discretion of the preceptor.

What to bring / How to prepare

Please arrive at 08:30 a.m. at the main hospital lobby  for the first day. Students must provide a valid driver's license on the first day to obtain a security badge. In order to prepare for this rotation, it is highly recommended that students familiarize themselves with the pediatrics chapter in the Applied Therapeutics textbook, Koda Kimble et al. 
For further instructions and for prospective students who are interested in completing a rotation at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, please contact the student program coordinator.

Kim Lee, PharmD, BCPPS
Student Program Coordinator
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Inpatient Pharmacy, MC 5921
725 Welch Road
Palo Alto, California 94304
Phone: (650) 725-9765