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In October 2005, C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of The Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, made his most generous contribution to date: a $20 million pledge to the School of Medicine for a new medical education building on the East Baltimore campus.
The four-story building, which is located between the Outpatient Center and the Cooley Center, houses state-of-the-art medical educational facilities, including an anatomy lab. The dedication of the building was held Saturday, October 24, 2009. View photos from the dedication.
David Nichols, former vice dean for education at the School of Medicine, said the need for the new building is "extraordinary" as the changes in medical education and technology have been revolutionary since the last academic building, the Preclinical Teaching Building, was constructed.
"The design of the new building comes at the same time we are designing a new medical curriculum," said Nichols at the early stages of planning. "The new building will augment the opportunity of our faculty to teach 21st century medicine. One of the goals of any medical education building is to bring faculty from all disciplines together in a space where a fertile exchange of ideas can occur outside the classroom — and that will be our intent with this new facility."
The 2013 graduating class of medical students at Johns Hopkins is the first class to have completed their 4 years of medical school in the Armstrong Medical Education Building with the new curriculum, called Genes to Society. The curriculum includes courses that traditionally have not been taught in medical school, including health care disparities, patient safety and quality and palliative care. It offers students earlier exposure to patients, longitudinal ambulatory experience, and structured avenues to explore interests.
The Armstrong Building offers innovative classrooms with projection capabilities on all four walls and mobile podiums for instructors. There are large lecture halls, intimate learning studios, and private study areas. The building also features the latest digital communications technology, including virtual-reality simulations, MRI images, CT scans, surgical videos, and other 21st century reference tools.
Articles about the Armstrong Medical Education Building
- Read "Designed for the Needs of the Next Generation", Hopkins Medicine, Summer 2009
- Read "Reunion Class Gift Honors Daniel Nathans", Hopkins Medicine, Winter 2009