The medical school’s vision is to be the nation’s premier 21st century college of medicine – a national leader in education, research and patient care. The school’s innovative curriculum takes advantage of the building’s cutting-edge technology. Much of the technology is a first for a medical school in Florida, and in one case it is the first-of-its kind in the nation.
“As the academic center of the emerging ‘medical city’ at Lake Nona, we had a unique opportunity and responsibility to create a building and a campus that reflects our role as Central Florida’s Medical School,” said Dr. Deborah German, UCF vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “We designed our building to be iconic, to be a welcoming, life-giving magnet for the Central Florida community we serve.”
The $65 million, 170,000-square foot building was constructed within budget and on time. It includes:
The college also announced Wednesday that UCF has been designated an official site where community members can will their bodies to train local medical students. Until now, people who wanted to will their bodies to medical science had to have their remains sent to the University of Florida in Gainesville or the University of Miami.
The UCF College of Medicine’s education building is the first to start from scratch in the United States in more than 30 years. The medical school has planned the new campus, achieved preliminary accreditation, obtained full scholarships for its inaugural class of 41 students and received donated funds and land from the community to help construct the first two buildings on the Health Sciences campus in just four years.
Monday, Aug. 2, marks the first official event at the new medical education building when the college holds its “White Coat Ceremony” for its second class of 60 students. The ceremony is a tradition in which a medical school welcomes first-year students as colleagues dedicated to patient care. The event will be held in the college’s new 356-seat main auditorium, a learning environment that also will be used for upcoming community events such as guest lectures by leading scientists, Nobel laureates and physicians.
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