Monday, October 10, 2011

New Health Sciences Building features grand opening during Homecoming Week

The Health Sciences Building grand opening was amazing. It was great to share the new home to the nursing, medical, physician assistant and medical laboratory programs with the community.

Chancellor Tom Case welcomed friends and supporters

Scene from inside a simulation lab in the new building.
The highlight of the event may have been the tours of simulation labs where human mannequins can have heart attacks and other medical emergencies. Medical, nursing and physician assistant students demonstrated the next wave of education in these cutting edge labs. This technology allows students to learn to think on their feet and work 
with others in crisis situations.

Also great were the medical lab tours where we learned about the medical tests which are mysteriously run in us at the doctor’s office and the heart sounds demonstration in the physician assistant classroom. Among other things, I learned that our third PA cohort just started this year and has 22 students.

Of course, this building is the first phase in a two phase project. We hope to double the size of the building by adding on a new wing which will allow UAA to further expand the WWAMI School of Biomedical Education, simulation and to bring more of the health programs into the Health Science Building. Of course, parking is a part of the plan!

If you were among the lucky ones who actually got the meet and talk with SimMan, well, we documented that moment. Come visit our Flickr slideshow and find yourself, shaking hands with the (SIM)man!

Thanks to President Gamble, Regent Wickersham, Senator Johnny Ellis and Senator Kevin Meyer for joining us for this special event.

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