Description: A projected shortage in the number of physicians threatens to reduce access to medical care as Virginia’s population ages. This new facility for education and training will include a 300-seat lecture hall that will allow the medical school to increase the current 200-student class size to 250 students, increasing the total medical student body to 1,000.<br />With a new 12-story building, class size would not be the only thing to see growth. Educational offerings will be broadened across the spectrum, not only for students in the M.D. program and our housestaff officers, but also for life-long learners among our alumni body.<br />The new building is a vital element in the medical school’s plans to update its curriculum to incorporate active learning, casebased lectures and small group study. Just as importantly as increasing class size, the building will also include space for small group learning and classroom labs.<br />The facility also will provide expanded space for clinical skills training. The growing use of simulation and standardized patients has the potential to increase the quality of patient care as students and residents spend time honing their skills in a controlled setting. Advances in simulation also provide new opportunities for the School of Medicine to partner with the School of Engineering and the Biotech Park in developing new biomedical devices and medical treatments.<br />In addition, about 50,000 gross square feet of the building will be dedicated to cancer research – one of the School’s top areas of interest.
Construction Start: October 2010
Construction End: Spring 2013
Demolition of A.D. Williams Clinic has begun June 2010