The sixth class of medical students studying at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix have begun in the newly opened Health Sciences Education Building on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
The newest and largest class -- 80 students – at the medical school will be trained in the sparkling new education building that will house other health profession training from the UA and Northern Arizona University. The 265,000-square-foot education building includes lecture halls, classrooms, learning studios, a simulation center, anatomy labs and offices.
The building will be used by the College of Medicine - Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. In addition, Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services will play host to students in two programs in the building. The college will expand its physical therapy program from Flagstaff to Phoenix and is starting a new physician’s assistant program as well.
The building’s layout facilitates a trend in medical education to teach interdisciplinary curricula to small groups of students.
With the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix having graduated its second class in May, the school hits another milestone with the new building and a larger class. For the last four years, the medical school has admitted 48 students per year. An incoming larger class of 80 could only be accommodated with the new facilities.
The newest class is made up of 44 men and 36 women, who were selected from 2,669 applications received and more than 500 interviewed. More than 50 students are from Arizona and collectively, the class has studied at 34 different institutions in 14 states. But almost half have a degree from either UA, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University or Embry-Riddle Aero University in Prescott.
The students come from 12 states, including California, Colorado and Utah and nearly 40 fields of study are presented. More than 200 students are now studying on the downtown campus now five years since Phoenix lost the distinction of being the largest city in the nation without an allopathic medical school. The UA College of Medicine – Tucson is nearly 45 years old.