The UWS School of Medicine has come a long way in a short space of time
LIVERPOOL resident Zenith Lal is one of 200 University of Western Sydney medical students who is celebrating the first year of classes in the School of Medicine’s new $47.5million medical training and research centre.
The new building, which was opened late last year by the Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, is the home base for the UWS School of Medicine’s 200 medical students, as well as 60 academics, researchers and support staff.
The UWS School of Medicine is helping solve Australia’s critical medical workforce shortages and strengthening the state’s health systems by training extra doctors to work across greater western Sydney’s hospitals, health services and general practices, to keep pace with a rapidly growing population.
“The UWS School of Medicine has come a long way in a short space of time,” sa
id Zenith, 21, of Wattle Grove. “It’s been exciting to watch as the School of Medicine building was being constructed. To study on a daily basis in such high-tech and beautiful surrounds is a privilege.
“The architecture is amazing and the all of the students have been made to feel completely comfortable in their surrounds. The academics, researchers, support staff and students who comprise the UWS School of Medicine moved into their impressive state-of-the-art home in 2008.”
Professor Neville Yeomans, foundation Dean of the School of Medicine, said the School of Medicine building was purpose-built to meet the needs of the school’s innovative curriculum and modern teaching methods.
“On the outside, the four-storey building’s striking 21st-century design is befitting a progressive medical school,” he said. “On the inside, the students and academic staff have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including simulated learning spaces for clinical skills, an anatomy laboratory, problem-based tutorial rooms and state-of-the-art research equipment.”
The School of Medicine had its first intake of 100 students in 2007. About two-thirds of the university’s medical students are from greater western Sydney.
The building is one of the most advanced medical training centres in Australia..
The Commonwealth Government contributed $25million to the School of Medicine capital project.
14/01/2009 4:00:00 AM