Update on the Design Committee for the new Medical Education Building , especially as it relates to the 1st and 2nd year curriculum.
The plan is for a building with 55,000 gross sq ft; this may result in as little as 40,000 net sq feet usable space. The building is estimated to cost $ 25 million; thus far, the Claude Moore Foundation has donated $12.5 million, an anonymous donor has provided an additional $1 million and the Dean’s Office has committed $3 million. The rest must be raised through development efforts. The plan is for the building to be located in the garden between MR5 and the Nursing School
and to be a gateway/entrance for the School of Medicine
. One of the major goals of this building is to house a major Simulation Center
(mock OR, ER, ICU with patient simulators.
A Building Committee Retreat was held on September 25, 2004
, with consultants Shirley Dugdale and Claire Anspach. The planning is based on the assumption that the medical class will grow to 160. An important conclusion from the initial studies is that there will not be sufficient space in the new building for all the medical education needs and tough decisions will have to be made. A few of the decisions that will have to be made:
A. Will there be a space consuming Atrium?
B. Will the building include services peripheral to medical education such as a Café, food court, social areas, exercise facility, student health satellite facility, etc.
C. Will the Dean’s Office be relocated to this building?
D. Should small group rooms be used for both small group discussion sessions and as examination rooms or should separate facilities be designed?
E. Should the same spaces be used for lab teaching and clinical small group and examination purposes? (unlikely to be workable)
F. Should one or two auditoriums (for 1st
year medical student lectures) be built into this building? Could 1st
year classes share one auditorium and what would be the impact on the curriculum?
G. Do we need a 300 seat auditorium in order to bring the two medical classes together for events?
H. Should auditorium space be tiered or flat. The architects like the TEAL space concept (one space for multiple uses as auditorium, small group instruction space and study space).
I. Should any of the teaching lab spaces in Jordan Hall (Gross Anatomy labs; 2nd
floor medical student teaching labs) be relocated to the new medical education building?