The University of Missouri School of Medicine celebrated the “topping off” of its Patient-Centered Care Learning Center on July 29, marking the completion of the $42.5 million medical education building’s vertical construction. At the event, MU students, faculty and staff signed the ceremonial last beam to be placed atop the building before it was hoisted into place by a crane.
The new education building represents an expansion of the MU School of Medicine. The expansion was made possible through an innovative partnership with the University of Missouri, the MU School of Medicine, CoxHealth, Mercy Springfield and the state of Missouri. The initiative is designed to address a critical shortage of doctors in the state and nation by expanding the class size of the MU School of Medicine and adding an MU clinical campus in Springfield.
“The opening of the Springfield Clinical Campus in June was the first major milestone in our endeavor to expand our medical school,” said Patrick Delafontaine, MD, Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the MU School of Medicine. “Today, we celebrate and say thank you to those who helped us achieve yet another major milestone: the ‘topping off’ of our new Patient-Centered Care Learning Center.”
The expansion will allow the medical school to increase its class size each year from 104 to 128 students, beginning in August 2017.
“When the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center opens in August 2017, we will be increasing MU’s medical student class by more than 30 percent,” said Linda Headrick, MD, senior associate dean for education at the MU School of Medicine. “This building, and our Springfield clinical campus, will allow more students the opportunity to remain in our state or come to our state to study and practice medicine.”
The 97,088-square-foot building, uniquely designed to meet the needs of students, will house classrooms, an anatomy lab, a simulation center, patient-based learning labs, and education services for medical students.
Learn more about the Patient-Centered Care Learning Center at medicine.missouri.edu/morephysicians.