The Center for Medical Education and Wellness
Central to any thriving community is accessible, high-quality healthcare. Many in our state, however, lack this essential element. Our central calling is to meet this deficit head-on. It is why we were founded in 1969. Since then, we have periodically grown the size of our medical school to meet the ever-increasing need for more healthcare providers—especially in North Louisiana. Walls have been torn down and instruction spaces consolidated to squeeze every possible seat into our existing physical plant, but we can stretch no more. A new building is needed on our existing campus footprint to accommodate the largest increase in class size in our history. Gifts in support of this capital project will be matched with state dollars to create a new educational home for student doctors and other healthcare professionals, a new Health and Wellness Center, and to expand our Simulation and Clinical Skills Centers.
- Increase our Medical School Class Size
According to medical school accreditation boards, each registered student must be guaranteed a physical seat. To expand our class size from 136 to 200 by 2023 we must construct a larger medical education building to accommodate our burgeoning class size.
- Build a Health and Wellness Center
Students demand and deserve a health and wellness center that suits their fitness and mental well-being needs. After all, Tigers don’t grow fierce in cages. Unfortunately, our campus lacks the appropriate space to house such a center.
- Relocate and expand our Simulation and Clinical Skills Centers
A hallmark of our medical school curriculum is an emphasis on clinical skills development interspersed throughout all four years. To date, our relatively small class size has been beneficial in this endeavor, as our current Simulation and Standardized Patient Centers are squeezed into subterranean and cramped areas respectively. In a new education building, these centers would be focal points of 21 century learning and Tiger pride.
The Center for Medical Education and Wellness is a $60 million public-private project. Funding from federal, state, and local governments will be combined with grants and private philanthropy to build the first new building on LSU Health's campus in 15 years.
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To make a donation, click here or call Kevin Flood or Jesse Gilmore at 318-861-0855.