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How Genes to Society Curriculum Influenced Building Design

The medical school’s Genes to Society curriculum is based upon researchers’ ever-expanding understanding of the human genome. In an era where new genetic variations and their relationships to disease are being discovered every day, the new curriculum moves medicine into a realm where each patient’s disease becomes unique. Instead of studying “classic” cases in medicine, students will now learn how individual variation -- in biology, genetic inheritance, environmental factors and family life -- contributes to patients’ health.

Johns Hopkins has launched this bold vision of medical education in a state-of-the-art building specifically designed to support it. As the campus’s first new medical education center in 25 years, the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building offers innovative classrooms with projection capabilities 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.

 

Explore the Armstrong Building

The exterior of the Armstrong Medical Education Building.
The exterior of the Armstrong Medical Education Building.

The lecture hall of the Armstrong Building.
The lecture hall of the Armstrong Building.

The lecture hall holds 340 people.
The lecture hall holds 340 people.

The lobby of the Armstrong Building.
The lobby of the Armstrong Building.

A classroom in the Armstrong Building.
A classroom in the Armstrong Building.

The flat-floor learning studio was designed for team learning activities, including team-based learning and problem-based learning.
Learning Studio

The flat-floor learning studio was designed for team learning activities, including team-based learning and problem-based learning.

The teaching labs are set up in pods of six students, with two students to a computer. These are ideal rooms for virtual microscopy.
Teaching Labs

The teaching labs are set up in pods of six students, with two students to a computer. These are ideal rooms for virtual microscopy.

The four College suites are meant to be used as social space for medical students.
College Suites

The four College suites are meant to be used as social space for medical students.

The case study room provides a more intimate location for activities in which the lecture halls are too large.
Case Study Room

The case study room provides a more intimate location for activities in which the lecture halls are too large.

View of the open stair and College Commons.
View of the open stair and College Commons.

One of many places for quiet study in the Armstrong Building.
One of many places for quiet study in the Armstrong Building.

An anatomy lab on the eastern wing of the fourth floor.
An anatomy lab on the eastern wing of the fourth floor.

The annual Match Day ceremony is held in the Armstrong building.
The annual Match Day ceremony is held in the Armstrong building.

 Students and faculty share the excitement of Match Day
Students and faculty share the excitement of Match Day

Explore the Armstrong Building

The exterior of the Armstrong Medical Education Building.
The exterior of the Armstrong Medical Education Building.
The lecture hall of the Armstrong Building.
The lecture hall of the Armstrong Building.
The lecture hall holds 340 people.
The lecture hall holds 340 people.
The lobby of the Armstrong Building.
The lobby of the Armstrong Building.
A classroom in the Armstrong Building.
A classroom in the Armstrong Building.
The flat-floor learning studio was designed for team learning activities, including team-based learning and problem-based learning.
Learning Studio The flat-floor learning studio was designed for team learning activities, including team-based learning and problem-based learning.
The teaching labs are set up in pods of six students, with two students to a computer. These are ideal rooms for virtual microscopy.
Teaching Labs The teaching labs are set up in pods of six students, with two students to a computer. These are ideal rooms for virtual microscopy.
The four College suites are meant to be used as social space for medical students.
College Suites The four College suites are meant to be used as social space for medical students.
The case study room provides a more intimate location for activities in which the lecture halls are too large.
Case Study Room The case study room provides a more intimate location for activities in which the lecture halls are too large.
View of the open stair and College Commons.
View of the open stair and College Commons.
One of many places for quiet study in the Armstrong Building.
One of many places for quiet study in the Armstrong Building.
An anatomy lab on the eastern wing of the fourth floor.
An anatomy lab on the eastern wing of the fourth floor.
The annual Match Day ceremony is held in the Armstrong building.
The annual Match Day ceremony is held in the Armstrong building.
 Students and faculty share the excitement of Match Day
Students and faculty share the excitement of Match Day
 

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