WSU Spokane opens new medical building Friday

WSU Spokane opens new medical building Friday

WSU Spokane opens new medical building Friday

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:08 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Washington State University's Spokane campus plans to soon dedicate its new pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences building. The building project costs nearly $80 million. The doors officially open on Friday.

“They always tell you that life as a medical student shouldn't be very glamorous, but this building is pretty fancy,” said medical student Emily Bulley.
 
Bulley is a first year medical student. She will begin her second semester in Washington State University’s brand new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building in January. She was able to take a tour before the building opened. 
 
“I think my jaw was on the floor the entire time. It’s stunning,” said Bulley.
 
A four story cascading staircase allows easy movement between floors. There is research lab after research lab on all of the floors. 
 
“They showed us the anatomy lab, and they have touch screen computers so you don't have to get your lab manuals all gross while you’re doing your dissections,” said Bulley.
 
Classrooms come designed to transform in size and use. A 150 seat auditorium accommodates large classes. 
 
“The walls in the classrooms are painted with whiteboard paint so we don't have to install whiteboards.  You can write on the wall,” said the Medical Education Program Associate Director George Novan.
 
Novan works as a clinical professor of medicine. 
 
“The amount of glass in this building is incredible,” said Novan.
 
One third of the building is dedicated to medical education. The remaining portion is dedicated to pharmacy teaching. 
 
The WSU Spokane campus has been the home of first year medical students in the past. Students can now complete all four years of their education at the campus. Enrollment numbers are rising dramatically.
 
WSU has also moved its entire program of pharmacology from Pullman to Spokane.
 
“It's really beneficial to have a place that's beautiful and just facilitates studying,” said Bulley.
 
A dedication ceremony followed by building tours is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.

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