The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, which opened its doors July 29, 2015, serves as a home for medical and physician assistant students at UF. As the UF College of Medicine adapted its curriculum to the way a new generation of students learn, it was imperative that we build a new facility strategically designed to support this shift in teaching and learning.
A curriculum revision process was implemented to better meet the demands of rapidly advancing technologies and the changing health care landscape.
- The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building, which opened July 2015, serves as a national model, providing a dynamic environment for training UF medical students and physician assistant students to practice safe, effective and compassionate clinical care.
- The previous learning space, built more than 35 years ago, was designed to accommodate a different model of education that does not reflect today’s needs.
- UF’s new medical education facility accommodates small group and collaborative team-based learning, expanded standardized and clinical simulation activities for both education and assessment and state-of-the-art information technology.
- The new building is vital to ongoing positive accreditation, as indicated by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education after the 2007 accreditation visit, which stated a need for expansion and modernization.
- The College of Medicine took a significant step forward in its plan for the future in late 2011 when Dr. Jim Free, a graduate from the inaugural class of 1960, and his wife, Carole, made a leadership gift for the new medical education building. This transformational gift was an important catalyst for a new, state-of-the-art facility and established a centerpiece of the building – the H. James Free Center for Primary Care Education and Innovation.
- The specially designed atrium of the Harrell Medical Education Building provides a welcoming and pleasant entrance to the facility and serves as a gathering space for students, staff and faculty.
- The Harrell Medical Education Building embodies the traditions of our past while responding to the needs of our changing world.
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A Sketch for the Future
- $45 million project
- 95,000 square feet
- Four floors
- Two large learning studios
- Small-group study
- Experiential learning center that provides a rich environment for training students to practice safe, effective and compassionate clinical care
- Student study areas
- Areas for special media use
- Hospital and clinical exam rooms for simulation and standardized patient teaching
- Student lounge/gathering space
- Quiet student study area
- Architect Selection: June 2012
- Contractor Selection: July 2012
- Design Completion: September 2013
- Groundbreaking: November 2013
- Construction Start: November 2013
- Topping Out: August 2014
- Construction Completion: Fall 2015
The Alumni Challenge
With 52 participants — including several alumni who supported the Challenge twice — and almost $1.2 million raised, the Alumni Challenge came to a close Dec. 31, 2013.
“Our Alumni Challenge participants created the groundswell and gathered the energy — and critical funding — that kept this dream alive in the medical school through several generations of leadership cycles,” said Michael L. Good, dean of the College of Medicine, during the groundbreaking ceremony for the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building Nov. 22, 2013.