Creating a technology-rich home for health sciences

Miami Dade College
Medical Campus Center for Learning, Innovation & Simulation

Miami, Florida

To accommodate current and future growth of academic and research programs, provide easier access and provide a visible identity for Health Sciences education on campus and within their system, Miami Dade College is expanding its Medical Campus to include a new home for their health sciences and nursing programs. The Center for Learning, Innovation and Simulation will include state-of-the-art classrooms and labs to simulate a real-world hospital environment. Key goals for the project will be not only to enable the College to expand offerings to students, but to increase the number of health care partnerships in the community in order to better serve the Miami area. Kahler Slater is serving as the health sciences education architect to provide programming, planning and design expertise in partnership with local firm, Harvard Jolly.

The new building will mainly be used for the medical school’s nursing and physician assistant programs. The center will also be available for health care organizations and companies to use for training and research. An enclosed walkway will connect to existing academic buildings in order to foster a sense of a medical campus. Active learning classrooms, lecture classrooms and an auditorium will provide the college a wide offering of space to accommodate various teaching styles. The Simulation Center includes high-fidelity simulation hospital/patient rooms, a 5-side cave, virtual reality space, standardized patient exam spaces, debrief rooms, and partner/sponsor space. Wet labs, PT/OT/PA labs, radiology suite and student study break out spaces are also included.

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“When you make a difference in the lives of students, staff and faculty, it provides a natural connection to making a difference in the health of the community.”

Dr. Mark Everett, Former President, Miami Dade College