Many people don't realize that the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy (SOP) has two sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex: the administrative and research center at 5920 Forest Park Road and the primary teaching center located at the North Texas Veterans Affairs campus at 4500 Lancaster Rd. The DFW Metroplex offers extensive, cutting edge pharmacy practice opportunities in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and managed care organizations.
Roughly one-third of the SOP student population historically comes from within a 100-mile radius of the Metroplex. The SOP began developing its DFW regional center in early 1997. We were encouraged to build our DFW program by Eckerd Drug Stores, Baylor University Medical Center (Baylor), the Texas Pharmacy Association, the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Texas Federation of Drug Stores. In 1998, we began advanced clinical placements for a few fourth-year students, and in 1999, we leased office space from Baylor and opened the DFW regional program to accommodate the clinical pharmacy education objectives critical to the evolving profession of pharmacy.
In 2002, Dr. Richard Leff was named regional dean for the DFW program. Later that year, we relocated to the North Texas Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) campus in Dallas, where a 4,800 square-foot building was renovated and dedicated for the SOP. During 2003, construction was completed to expand the SOP-VA campus facilities to approximately 8,000 square feet.
In 2004, the Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Center was founded and located in the Dallas Medical district adjacent to the UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). In 2008, TTUHSC leased approximately 9,300 square-feet of space in a physician office building across the street from UTSW to house the growing administrative, teaching and research programs. This campus would become known as the SW campus.
In 2013, Dr. Leff was named the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Sciences and a division head in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Roland A. Patry was named regional dean. An aggressive build-out program was undertaken to expand the DFW administrative support staff and further the expansion of the Clinical and Translational research program.
Today, approximately 150 third- and fourth-year SOP students are assigned to the DFW program and our staff manages approximately 1,000 clinical rotations across the Metroplex. Our major partners include — but are not limited to — the North Texas VAMC, Baylor, JPS, Cook Children’s Medical Center, CVS Health, Walgreen’s, Texas Health Resources (THR) Harris Methodist Hospital, THR Presbyterian Hospital, UTSW, Methodist Hospital Dallas, Children’s Medical Center and HCA Healthcare. The SOP also funds 13 post-graduate residency programs and teams up with several other institutions in the DFW area to enhance these residency offerings.
For more information, please contact TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Dallas/Fort Worth:
5920 Forest Park Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
4500 Lancaster Rd.
Dallas, TX 75216