Dean's Welcome

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Lane Bruner

Thank you for wanting to learn more about the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at UT Tyler!

This is a very exciting time as we build our pharmacy program with you at the center of our focus. From the design of our new student-friendly building to the development of our team-based learning curriculum, our emphasis is to create the kind of pharmacy program we know will help you succeed today and for the rest of your life.

Gone are the hours of endless lectures in cramped, worn-out theater seats. Our new classrooms are open and bright where you are engaged in learning by critically evaluating information and creatively solving problems; not just memorizing endless pharmaceutical trivia. Gone are the faculty who stand isolated behind the classroom lectern hastily reading slides or feverishly writing formulas.

Using team-based learning, our faculty will challenge you in class with real-world situations and work with you and your teams to help you understand problems and create solutions.

We facilitate, not dictate, your learning. You are put at the center of the learning environment, which means you are vested in what happens in the classroom, laboratory and practice site. Isn’t that what learning should be about?

Pharmacy is a profession that faces perpetual change. There are always new drugs, new treatments and new information sources. A focus of our faculty is to help you learn how to navigate these new territories and develop the skills required to practice pharmacy. In other words, we help you learn how to learn. Learning involves more than just remembering facts that are presented to you so that you can pass a test.

Truly effective learning involves unrestrained curiosity, deliberate investigation, careful analysis and critical inquiry. Our faculty embody these traits and our curriculum will hone them in you. When you graduate, you will have the knowledge and skills to think critically and communicate effectively as a contributing member of a health care team.

You will be an exceptional pharmacist!

Lane J. Brunner, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Founding Dean and Sam A. Lindsey Professor
Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

UT Tyler