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UT System OKs new Academic Learning and Teaching Center

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 18

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The Academic Learning and Teaching Center will feature a state-of-the-art gross anatomy teaching facility to train medical, dental, nursing and health professions students. It also will provide additional space for classrooms and lecture halls.
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The Academic Learning and Teaching Center will feature a state-of-the-art gross anatomy teaching facility to train medical, dental, nursing and health professions students. It also will provide additional space for classrooms and lecture halls.clear graphic

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Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579

AUSTIN (Aug. 24, 2012) — The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Aug. 23 authorized a $45 million Academic Learning and Teaching Center to be constructed at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

New gross anatomy lab
The 125,000-square-foot center will include a state-of-the-art gross anatomy teaching facility that is needed to train medical, dental, nursing and health professions students. It will also help relieve the Health Science Center’s nearly half-million-square-foot space deficit by providing additional classroom space and lecture halls.

The $45 million will come from Permanent University Fund bond proceeds. “We are grateful to the board of regents for their support of this project, which will enhance interprofessional education at the Health Science Center and allow us to educate more students,” said Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, D.D.S., M.S., president ad interim of the Health Science Center.

New South Texas regional medical school students to benefit
Medical students to be enrolled in a future independent, freestanding, comprehensive and research-intensive regional medical school in South Texas will benefit from the Academic Learning and Teaching Center. Fifteen additional medical students will matriculate at the Health Science Center beginning in 2014 under a separate medical student admissions track for South Texas, with this number growing to 50 by 2018. For these students, the first and second year of medical school will be at the Health Science Center, with their third and fourth year of medical school education at the Regional Academic Health Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

The new Center for Oral Health Care & Research will be built next to the Medical Arts & Research Center. The new building will promote educational and clinical interactions between clinical specialties in the School of Medicine and Dental School.
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The new Center for Oral Health Care & Research will be built next to the Medical Arts & Research Center. The new building will promote educational and clinical interactions between clinical specialties in the School of Medicine and Dental School.clear graphic

 

Building plans approved for Center for Oral Health Care & Research
The board of regents also approved design plans for the new Center for Oral Health Care & Research, a $95 million clinical building for the Dental School that the board authorized in February. The 198,000-square-foot building will be constructed next to the Medical Arts & Research Center, the flagship patient care facility of UT Medicine San Antonio. UT Medicine San Antonio is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the Health Science Center.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $231 million in fiscal year 2011. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 28,000 graduates. The $739.6 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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