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Groundbreaking for University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Posted on May 17, 2010 by kcarlson | No Comments

By Kathleen Carlson, MLGSCA Newsletter Co-Chair

The first shovels of dirt were thrown  for the new Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) on the Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC). A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 for the building, part of expansion of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, were among the dignitaries. “This one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary facility will provide greater access to medical education in Arizona and will have a tremendous economic impact on the state by creating new jobs and pumping revenue into the economy,” said Arizona Board of Regents President Ernest Calderón.

The $187 million, 268,000 square-foot LEED®certified education building will house the expansion of the medical school, as well as programs from UA College of Pharmacy, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Northern Arizona University College of Health and Human Services programs. This building will allow the College of Medicine-Phoenix to expand its class size to 120 students per year (from 48 per year). It also creates space for training other health sciences students, interdisciplinary education with classrooms, laboratories, pre-clinical training suites, a medical library/learning resource center (19,200 sq. ft.), study areas and faculty offices. The first class of first-year medical students was admitted in August 2007 and currently has 120 students training to be physicians.

The HSEB is part of the overall plan to create a major academic health center in Downtown Phoenix that includes health education facilities, research and clinical programs.  In addition to the medical school, the PBC is home to Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Posted 5/17/10

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