Learning and Development Centre Opens at UHNBC
Prince George, B C. – Dignitaries, doctors and members of the health care community gathered today for the opening of the $10.5 million Learning and Development Centre at UHNBC.
Delivered on time and on budget, the provincially funded 14,693 square foot facility provides additional space for Northern Medical Program students pursuing specialty training.
It includes a library, seminar rooms, a simulation centre, video conferencing sites and group study areas.
Dr. David Snadden, senior executive dean of education for UBC’S Faculty of Medicine called it the best facility in the province.
“If you look at what we’ve built in the other hospitals, they’ve been more traditional, so typical auditoriums, ” he said. “What we have here is much more flexible, it allows more collaboration between groups of learners. “
Snadden said a good example of that flexibility is what one sees in the newly built seminar rooms.
“If you go into the big auditorium here, you’ll see there are tables. Those tables all fold and they turn into group learning collaboration areas. So it’s the flexibility that makes the difference.”
So what’s next on the wish list?
“I don’t know what’s next. I think the next pieces are probably more about how we begin to develop the hospital as a regional centre in northern, B.C.,” he said. “Certainly I would want to see more health professional training coming to the North, so on the educational side, that’s what I’d be more interested in.”
Dr. Robert Tower, a recent graduate of the Northern Medical Program, added the new building will help attract future doctors to Prince George.
“Medical students have to be attracted to come to a program and they have the choice of excellent programs all across North America. So when you come and visit, it’s often that first impression that informs the decision you are going to make,” he said.
“So when you see facilities like this, you think first of all that you’re going to have a good experience, but you also know the administrative people behind these kinds of buildings are interested in your program and so it makes you want to become a part of it.”
Classes are expected to begin in the new facility during the current summer semester.