Q&A:

UT Tyler Pharmacy Alumna Shares Her Story, Advice

Tyler Fowler of Nacogdoches graduated from the Fisch College of Pharmacy last May and currently is a postgraduate year one [PGY1] pharmacy resident at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances. In the following question and answer session, learn about the alumna and advice she offers current students.

Why did you choose pharmacy as a career path?

I chose pharmacy because it has a huge opportunity for growth and can make an impact on patient care. I can truly help people while being part of a health care team.

What made you decide to pursue a pharmacy residency? 

I pursued a pharmacy residency because I wanted to learn and experience that path to becoming a clinical pharmacist. Residency is a great way for a newly graduated pharmacy student to develop their skills as a new practitioner while also cultivating experiences that can shape their entire career. I can’t express how much I’ve learned in such a short time. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences and best decisions I’ve made regarding my career. 

How did UT Tyler prepare you for a career in pharmacy?

Throughout my four-year journey, I was given a solid clinical foundation and many opportunities to develop leadership skills. 

What are your ultimate career goals? 

I would like to be the PIC [Pharmacist in Charge] of an oncology pharmacy. I would also like to return to UT Tyler and teach at the College someday. 

What did you enjoy about UT Tyler’s pharmacy school?

I liked the large amount of support for career development the College offered. Whether it was poster presentations, clinical skills competitions or lobbying our legislatures, the College paved the way for many of those opportunities I may never have experienced otherwise. I didn't just feel like I received a good education during my time at UT Tyler, I felt like I made an impact.  

Who was your favorite professor, and why?

My favorite professor was Dr. [Rachel] Bratteli. She taught on some of my favorite subjects, and I had her as a preceptor for during my final year rotations. She pushes her students, but maintains a professional and approachable demeanor at all times. I always felt challenged when working with her, and I believe it made me a better pharmacist.

What advice would you give current UT Tyler pharmacy students?

Get involved! It is important that you get good grades in pharmacy school, but it’s also important for you to learn what your books and professors can’t teach you. Soft skills like communication and leadership are only going to develop if you seek out opportunities to get involved with your organizations, administrators or research faculty. Find something outside of straight As that will make you stand out.

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