News Release

REF NO.: 38

SUBJECT: Memorial University's Medical Education Centre officially opened

DATE: October 1, 2014

With a flourish of scissors, the ribbon was cut today to mark the official opening of Memorial University’s new Medical Education Centre. Lieutenant-Governor the Hon. Frank Fagan, Premier Paul Davis, Dr. Susan Dyer Knight, chancellor of Memorial, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president of Memorial, Dr. James Rourke, dean of medicine, and Janine Flaherty-Woodland, a first-year medical student, did the honours at the ceremony.

The Medical Education Centre is located on the first two floors of the Faculty of Medicine’s expansion building, located east of the Health Sciences Centre. The additional space has already allowed the Faculty of Medicine to increase the entering class size from 60 to 80, with all of the additional 20 seats reserved for students from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Premier Davis said the Medical Education Centre will provide more opportunities to train and develop top quality physicians right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Our government is proud to have contributed nearly $22 million for this project. The new learning tools offered at the centre, coupled with the expansion of the medical school class size, further builds on the Faculty of Medicine’s exceptional programming and success in educating students from our province and around the world.”

Dr. Kachanoski thanked the government for its support. “The Medical Education Centre is a milestone in the growth of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.

That growth began in 2013 so we now have two medical school classes with 80 students – many of whom, if recent history is any indication, will soon spread out to the far corners of the province to start their practice which is great news for rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”

At the heart of the Medical Education Centre is a state-of-the-art simulation lab known as the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre. The centre amalgamates three support units that include the standardized patient unit, the high-fidelity simulation unit and the surgical skills unit.

Through simulation in many forms, students develop preparedness and insight that can only come from practising real-life scenarios in a controlled environment. “Experience in the simulation lab will result in improved performance, quicker response time and increased confidence and competence,” said Dr. Rourke. “In the long run this will improve patient safety and promote the teamwork, communication and collaboration that is so critical to health-care delivery.”

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