After about 30 months and close to $2.0 million spent, the Michigan State's Learning and Assessment Center will begin training students this week. The facility is a collaboration between the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
It includes exam rooms, critical care units, hospital rooms, and simulation mannequins, helping to mimic a true medical setting. Director Dr. Ruth Hoppe says center is a long time coming.
"Here we are in the 21st century. These learning centers probably should have populated schools several decades ago. People are too sick and concerned to really have students' first encounter be with them. Students have to be proficient before going out. The days of practicing on real patients are over."
The Learning and Assessment Center is just one of the projects the MSU Health Professions Colleges are planning. A second building is in the works. Dr. Hoppe says it's ready to be launched, but the location is still uncertain.