Message from the Interim Dean
Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
Welcome to The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at UT Tyler!
The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy was established to advance the public health and wellness of the citizens of East Texas through innovation and collaboration in pharmacy, education, scholarship, and advocacy. Our inaugural class enrolled in fall 2015 and graduated in spring 2019. Our graduates entered the pharmacy profession with the knowledge and skills needed to establish meaningful careers in healthcare.
The Fisch College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy degree program uses a variety of teaching methods, including Team-Based Learning, which emphasizes communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Our methods cultivate skills invaluable to solving real-world problems that face patients and healthcare practitioners every day. The Fisch College of Pharmacy incorporates direct patient care experiences throughout our four-year program. Student pharmacists complete nearly 2,000 hours of pharmacy practice experiences while working alongside pharmacists, nurses, and physicians to provide care for patients in the community and hospital settings. The Fisch College of Pharmacy is the only pharmacy program in Texas that actively engages students in direct patient care experiences during their very first semester in the program.
We value our faculty and staff at the Fisch College of Pharmacy as one of our strongest assets of our program. The college is home to two academic departments: the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Outcomes, and the Department of Clinical Sciences. The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences currently consists of ten faculty members whose research interests range from discovering new drugs used to treat cancer to the neurological basis of drug dependency. The Department of Clinical Sciences currently includes sixteen faculty pharmacists with a variety of specialty practice areas encompassing ambulatory care, infectious disease, critical care, oncology, and internal medicine. Faculty in both departments actively teach within the program, sharing their knowledge and expertise directly with the student pharmacists. Additionally, over 700 practicing pharmacists representing nearly 600 practice sites in Texas work with the Fisch College of Pharmacy to train our student pharmacists during their direct patient care experiences.
W.T. Brookshire Hall, the home of the Fisch College of Pharmacy, was built in 2015 and is specifically designed with collaborative classroom and study spaces throughout the building. W.T. Brookshire Hall also houses collaborative research space which greatly augments the ability of our faculty to advance drug discovery, drug knowledge, and the treatment and prevention of diseases through translational research.
Through its alignment with UT Tyler’s Health Science Center (HSC) and UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve East Texas with quality education, cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. The variety of healthcare programs and patient care opportunities through our programs provides student pharmacists the chance to learn and train alongside other health professionals and healthcare students.
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and student pharmacists of the Fisch College of Pharmacy, I welcome you to learn more about The University of Texas at Tyler, The UT Tyler Health Science Center, the Fisch College of Pharmacy, and the profession of pharmacy!
Emmanuel Elueze MD.PhD.MPA.FACP
Interim Dean, Fisch College of Pharmacy