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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

School to open education center in Sacramento

 "" PHOTO — Helping to break ground for the new education and library building are, from left, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-CA; Michael Wilkes, associate dean, Medical Education; William Blaisdell, professor emeritus of surgery; and Tom Nesbitt, associate dean for Outreach, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education.
 
Helping to break ground for the new education and library building are, from left, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-CA; Michael Wilkes, associate dean, Medical Education; William Blaisdell, professor emeritus of surgery; and Tom Nesbitt, associate dean for Outreach, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education.
   

Before Sherry Nykiel entered medical school at UC Davis, she was an urban public school teacher with a lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. As a teacher, she had an opportunity to interact and build connections with her students — something she found personally rewarding. So, it's not surprising that she expected to build similar relationships with patients, senior students, residents and faculty early in her medical school career.

However, Nykiel's first year as a medical student did not afford the same level of direct contact that she had with her public school students. That's because first- and second-year students at UC Davis School of Medicine take their core science classes some 25 miles away from UC Davis Medical Center, where they complete clinical rotations in their third year.

"The first two years of medical school are already difficult because there is very little clinical exposure," she explains. "Being so far away from the hospital made the clinical connection even less tangible."

UC Davis School of Medicine will address this and other challenges when it opens the new 120,000-square-foot Center for Education and F. William Blaisdell, M.D., Medical Library in Sacramento. The $40 million facility — which is under construction in the heart of the medical center campus — will replace outdated classrooms, nearly double the space for library services, and provide a central location where students, faculty and research partners can collaborate and be immersed in the art and science of medicine.

"Students want — and need — to take advantage of opportunities for mentoring and learning in the dynamic, clinical-research and patient-care environment," says Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine.

Those benefits hit home with Nykiel, who graduates in June and enters her medical residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. "There is a wealth of educational opportunities at the medical center daily, from Grand Rounds to noon conferences to opportunities in clinics and on the wards to interact with faculty, residents and third- and fourth-year medical students," she says. "I think the new education center will give students a greater diversity of learning venues of which to take advantage."

PHOTO — The new $40 million education building will provide new classrooms, expanded library services and a gathering spot for faculty and students to discuss the art and science of medicine.  ""

The new $40 million education building will provide new classrooms, expanded library services and a gathering spot for faculty and students to discuss the art and science of medicine.
 
   

The education center will serve as a hub that celebrates life-long learning, fosters the development of new and innovative teaching techniques, and enhances interaction and communication among students, residents, faculty, researchers, technology partners and others in the medical field, Pomeroy says. It will offer an environment that attracts the most qualified students and faculty, allowing the school to achieve its mission of advancing the health of the community.

The school's current education buildings on the Davis campus were built in the mid-1970s. While many laboratories have been renovated, the space for teaching doesn't reflect current trends in medical education for small-group, interdisciplinary, active learning opportunities. The school will maintain its outstanding research programs on both the Davis and medical center campuses, but will consolidate most of its training programs into the new facility, enhancing a sense of community among students and faculty.

UC Davis campus and School of Medicine leaders, along with students, faculty and legislators, broke ground on the building in February. The target completion date is set for September 2006. Though she will have graduated by the time the center is complete, Nykiel says it will be a valuable resource for alumni. "I think that the center will benefit me by continuing to attract top-rated students who will make excellent colleagues in the future."

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