Eighty medical students, the largest class to date of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, began their studies in July in the new Health Sciences Education building, a six-story, 268,000-square-foot facility on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
The $135 million building enables the medical school’s class size to grow from 48 students and houses additional UA health programs plus Northern Arizona University physical therapy and physician’s assistant programs.
“More importantly, it’s not about the building, it’s about the programs that we’re putting together,” COM-Phoenix Dean Stuart Flynn told KJZZ. “The next big step from the physician workforce will be to grow and improve graduate medical education, so we can train our MDs in the state, and then keep them in the state to do their residencies, rather than being an exporter of very well-trained individuals.”
For more information:
“Behind the scenes of University of Arizona’s new Health Sciences building in Phoenix,” Phoenix Business Journal, 08/06/2012
“New U of A medical school building promotes collaboration,” KJZZ, 07/30/2012
“UA medical school in Phoenix a hub of growth,” Arizona Republic, 07/21/2012