SOM prepares to embark on renovations

The School of Medicine recently moved its Office of Research Administration to the fourth floor in preparation for upcoming renovations that will include a new 37-seat computer testing and training lab on the first floor and a redesigned student docent unit on the third floor.

The renovations are part of a move to keep the School of Medicine moving forward as a state of the art medical school and to enhance the learning environment for students. The first step in the updates took place when the School renovated the lobby and theaters in 2008.

In order to make space for the new testing and training lab, the research administration office was moved to the fourth floor blue unit. The office moves include: Mark Hecker, director of clinical research, M4-325, ext. 6015; administrative assistants Sarah Mills, M4-307, ext. 6687; and Fannie Liu, M4-311, ext. 5682.

Construction on the testing and training lab is scheduled to begin in late November and be completed in early 2012 with computers and equipment to provide for computerized testing.

Three prototype docent units and a dedicated space for Purple Unit students will be constructed on the northeast quadrant of the third floor. These units will be located in space recently vacated, and will provide flexible space for study, rounds, etc. They will serve as a prototype for feedback prior to planning further remodeling of docent units.

Construction will begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2012.  Faculty, students and alumni provided input into the design of these units for support of the docent concept of teaching and team-based approach to patient care.

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