Forest Baptist Medical Center today announced completion of the new medical
education building for its School of Medicine. The Bowman Gray Center for
Medical Education opened in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown
Winston-Salem after an 18-month renovation of a former Reynolds American
tobacco manufacturing plant.
The Bowman Gray Center qualified for historic tax credits
worth more than $23 million toward its estimated $60 million cost.
“Today marks the end of a well-executed vision to move a
significant portion of our School of Medicine and become part of a community of
innovation, discovery and collaboration in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter,”
said John D.
McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Wake Forest School of Medicine’s
growth is not defined by this new location, but by its great faculty, staff,
students and alumni. Its footprint now covers many education, research and
health care facilities including the new Bowman Gray Center.”
The facility is designed with the next generation of
physician-leaders in mind. Today’s medical learners are diverse, just like our
patients. They are technologically savvy. Team-based, interprofessional
learning for our students requires the flexible space - the new building
provides and includes a tiered classroom, large and small group classrooms, as
well as dedicated areas for quiet, individual study.
“We are preparing a collaborative, highly skilled health care
workforce that is better prepared to respond to our community’s health needs,”
said Edward Abraham,
M.D., dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Research shows patient
outcomes improve with interprofessional team-based care. Medical students who
learn alongside students from other health care professions report a better
understanding of collaborative care, and higher levels of overall satisfaction
with their medical training and practice.”
The timing of today’s opening of the new Bowman Gray
Center for Medical Education coincides with Wake Forest School of Medicine introducing
one of the most advanced medical school curricula in the country. It allows
medical students to prepare for real-life experiences in the most modern of
settings: from outpatient clinic to trauma center bay, complete with the new
informatics and technologies used in patient care today.
The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education consists of
five floors with spaces uniquely fitted for the medical student now and in the
Learning Spaces. The fifth floor is home to a setting that prepares students for a modern medical
career with expanded technology, new and different types of study spaces to
accommodate team-based learning, and more opportunities for educators from all aspects
of medicine to interact with students. It
consists of a tiered classroom that seats 165 and is designed to encourage
students to work together; two large flat, flexible space classrooms; a small
flat, flexible space classroom; teleconferencing capabilities in all
classrooms; and four small group study classrooms.
Learning Spaces. Our experiential curriculum focuses on safety
and quality throughout the medical school continuum and uses various learning
modalities and technologies appropriate for today’s learners. The fourth floor includes
a large clinical skills center with 20 simulated patient rooms (18 outpatient
clinic rooms and two inpatient hospital rooms). The Advanced Clinical Skills
area focuses on training in procedures and ultrasound skills. The Center for
Experiential Learning includes a resuscitation suite, an operating/procedures
suite and an intensive care suite. Cameras throughout the entire experiential
learning area allow faculty to watch and record from a control room as well as remotely
monitor performance from any location with a computer. This experiential training
will prepare our graduates to recognize system error, advocate for system
improvement, and be stewards of safe, high-quality, and high-value,
patient-centered care. Students will practice the unique skills needed to
deliver patient-centered care resulting in improved health outcomes for the
patients they will serve.
Anatomy. Medical students will learn the fundamentals of human
structure and development in an expanded laboratory on the fourth floor.
Anatomy is fully integrated with physiology and pathology in the first and
second years of the curriculum. A comprehensive ultrasound curriculum has been integrated
into programs in anatomy and physiology. The Advanced Clinical Skills lab on
the fourth floor will provide space for ultrasound training. While ultrasound
has become a fundamental part of modern medical practice, starting training in
this modality during medical school is relatively uncommon. Teaching this skill
is of major importance in enhancing student learning, applying anatomic and
physiologic knowledge in a comprehensive manner, and improving patient safety.
Houses. Student life is a very important aspect of the health and
well-being of medical students. Each year’s class is divided into collaborative
groups that will occupy four “houses” on the third floor. The houses are not areas
for residential living but rather spaces where students can gather for mentoring,
group study, conversation, meals, exercise and rest.
Gallery. Located on the first floor is a gallery to inspire
current and future medical students about the role Wake Forest School of
Medicine has played in advancing medical education, research and clinical care.
The gallery will rotate exhibits that inspire all who walk through it. The
Gallery will be completed at the end of August.
The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education connects via
a bridge on the fifth floor to 525@vine, home to Wake Forest Baptist’s
department of physician assistant studies and its nurse anesthesia program.
The renovated former 60 series R.J. Reynolds Tobacco
Company complex encompasses the new School of Medicine in 168,000 square feet
of space on the north side of the building. Next year, Wake Forest University
will introduce new undergraduate programs in biomedical sciences and
engineering in 115,000 square feet on the south side of the building.
“Dr. McConnell and Dean Abraham’s vision for the future
of medical education is complemented by the intersection of tradition and
innovation that defines the school’s new location,” said Wake Forest University
President Nathan O. Hatch. “This building, which will literally and figuratively
bring medical and liberal arts education together under one roof, greatly
enhances opportunities for closer collaboration among our students and deeper
engagement within our community.”
The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education was
developed in partnership with Wake Forest Baptist’s Innovation Quarter partner,
Wexford Science + Technology, LLC. The other principals involved in the project
are Gaudreau Architects which designed the project and general contractor Whiting-Turner
which constructed the building seeking LEED certification, as determined by the
U.S. Green Building Council.
“Wake Forest Baptist has been an excellent partner in
this project to bring the vision for a knowledge-based community to life in
downtown Winston-Salem,” said Daniel C. Cramer, senior vice president of
development, Wexford. “Together we’ve shared a single vision in developing
these communities – from Biotech Place to 525@vine to now the Bowman Gray
Center for Medical Education.”
Wake Forest’s first year medical
students, the Class of 2020, will arrive next week for orientation and begin
classes in the new building.
information, visit: http://school.wakehealth.edu
Wake Forest Baptist Medical
Center (www.wakehealth.edu) is
a nationally recognized academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, with an integrated enterprise including educational and research
facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers and other primary and
specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and
southwest Virginia. Its divisions are Wake
Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital and
has close to 175 locations, 900 physicians and 1,000 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of
Medicine, an established leader in medical education and
research; and Wake
Forest Innovations, which accelerates the commercialization of
research discoveries and specialized research capabilities of Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center and operates Wake Forest Innovation
Quarter, an urban district for research, business and education.
Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are annually
ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
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