UT Tyler

Interview Day Information for Applicants

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Pre-Interview Open House

 The Pre-Interview Open House is held the Friday evening immediately before the on-site interview. The pre-interview open house is held at The University of Texas at Tyler. The evening is designed for candidates and their families to meet College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, and pharmacists from the community in an informal setting. The recommended dress for is business casual.

The Open House is also a great time to see the university, become familiar with parking, and the location for interviews the next morning. The Open House is open to invited guests only– i.e. applicants interviewing and their registered guests. Additional open house events are held each fall and spring (Patriot Preview Days, College Showcase Week) for candidates wanting general information about the College or are visiting campus.

On-Campus Interviews

 The College of Pharmacy on-site interviews include Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs), a team-based learning session, a math and writing assignment, campus tour, and question/answer sessions with Dean Brunner and the Office of Student Affairs. On interview day candidates are expected to dress business professional (recommended to wear comfortable, professional shoes) and arrive on-time. Water and snacks will be available during the day, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Applicants are required to bring a photo ID on Saturday (such as a driver's license or university ID) for registration purposes.

Guests are welcome to come and will have a separate schedule from interviewers.

Interview Day Activities

Example interview schedules for applicants and their guests are located on the Interview Day Information for Applicants web page. The interview day’s activities include:

    • Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs): Candidates will be asked a series of interview questions using the MMI format. In general, candidates will receive a question, such as an ethical dilemma or a hypothetical healthcare scenario. After reading the question or scenario, they are asked to discuss that specific scenario with the interviewer. Each MMI station is timed so that each candidate has 2 minutes to read the question and 8 minutes to interact with the interviewer.

      The MMI stations may be individual (one candidate-one interviewer) or collaborative (two candidates-one interviewer). At one additional station, candidates will meet with a faculty or staff member to clarify any information regarding the application/admissions process, application file, and to answer any questions about the Pharm.D. program, UT Tyler, the College of Pharmacy, or Tyler, TX. The biggest advantage of using the MMI interview format is that each candidate gets to meet 7-8 different interviewers and have opportunities to make a good first impression.

    • Example Team-Based Learning (TBL) session: This TBL session will give candidates an opportunity to actively participate in a mock classroom TBL session. The TBL session includes background reading (provided during the session), an individual readiness assurance test (iRAT), a team readiness assurance test (tRAT), and team application exercises.

      The goal of this session is to provide candidates with insight into how the day-to-day classroom activities will be conducted during the Pharm.D. program.

    • Math and Writing Assessments: The math and writing assignments are included in the interview to simulate questions that pharmacists may encounter in the workplace. The writing assignment is to assess the applicant's ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner. The math assignment is also designed to simulate math skills used within the profession of pharmacy. The assignment may ask applicants to calculate proportions, concentrations, and applicable subtraction/addition/multiplication/division. No prior pharmacy-specific knowledge is needed for the math and writing assignments. Calculators are provided.

    • UT Tyler Campus Tour: The campus tour will give candidates an opportunity to explore WT Brookshire Hall, UT Tyler and to speak informally with current UT Tyler students.

    • Question and Answer Session with Dean Brunner and the Office of Student Affairs: Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with Dean Brunner, learn more about the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy and to ask questions about pharmacy, the Pharm.D. program, the College of Pharmacy, UT Tyler, and Tyler, TX. 

       

  • Example Schedule for Candidates:*

Day

Time

Event

Location

Friday

5:30-7 p.m.

Pre-Interview Open House

WT Brookshire Hall

Saturday

7:15-7:45 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

(All candidates and guests should arrive by 7:45 am)

WT Brookshire Hall

8-8:20 a.m.

Orientation

WT Brookshire Hall

8:30-10:10 a.m.

Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs)

WT Brookshire Hall

10:10-10:40 a.m.

Discussion Panel with Current Pharmacy Students

WT Brookshire Hall

10:50-11:30 a.m.

Math & Writing Assessments

WT Brookshire Hall

11:40-12:30 p.m.

Tour of W.T. Brookshire Hall and the UT Tyler Campus

UT Tyler

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

WT Brookshire Hall

1:30-3 p.m.

Team-Based Learning Session (TBL)

WT Brookshire Hall

3-3:30 p.m.

Closing/Question and Answer Session

WT Brookshire Hall

 

Description of the On-Site Interviews - Guest Activities

Guests are invited to the Pre-Interview Open House and the On-Site Interviews for special guest programing.

Pre-Interview Open House: Guests are invited to attend the Pre-Interview Open House. Candidates can register their guests names by completing the survey sent with the interview invitation. Guests are asked to dress business casual for both the Open House and the Interview Day.
On-Site Interviews – Guest Activities: Guests are invited to join us during the on-site interviews. Guests will be involved in separate activities that will provide everyone with an opportunity to explore the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy and UT Tyler.

Activities include a question and answer session with Dean Brunner and the Office of Student Affairs, a campus tour, and active participation in the example team-based learning (TBL) session. The College of Pharmacy welcomes all guests to join the TBL session so they may experience the mock classroom setting and understand how students accepted into the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy will learn throughout the curriculum. Guests will also have free time during the day to explore Tyler, TX and to visit one of our many restaurants for lunch.

 

Example Schedule for Guests:*

Day

Time

Event

Location

Friday

5:30-7 p.m.

Pre-Interview Open House

WT Brookshire Hall

Saturday

7:15-7:45 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

WT Brookshire Hall

 

8-8:20 a.m.

Orientation

WT Brookshire Hall

 

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Campus Tour

UT Tyler

 

9:40-10:40 a.m.

Q&A with Dean Brunner

WT Brookshire Hall

 

10:40-1:30 pm

Free Time

 

 

1:30-3 p.m.

Team-Based Learning Session (TBL)

WT Brookshire Hall

 

3-3:30 p.m.

Closing/Question and Answer Session

WT Brookshire Hall

 

 

Traveling to The University of Texas at Tyler (3900 University Boulevard, Tyler, TX 75799)

Directions and Campus Map: Directions to The University of Texas at Tyler and a campus map can be found here. W.T. Brookshire Hall, home of the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, is located at #33 (WTB) on the campus map. We suggest that you park in section of parking lot #10 located the closest to the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy.

Where to stay and things to do in the Tyler area: For lodging,dining,and activity information, please visit http://www.visittyler.com/. Some lodging options offer a special UT Tyler rate, so ask about this rate when making reservations. 

About UT Tyler: The University of Texas at Tyler is part of the prestigious University of Texas System that includes nine university and six health institutions located throughout the state. Founded in 1971, UT Tyler today enrolls more than 8,000 students and consists of seven colleges. More information about UT Tyler.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs if you have any questions regarding your interview day.

Phone: 903.565.5777
E-mail: pharmacy@uttyler.edu

UT Tyler