UVic Torch -- Fall 2004
Autumn 2004,
Volume 25, Number 2

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Train here, Practise here - Photography by JO-ANN RICHARDS Train here, Practise here
Doctor training comes to campus: Dr. Oscar Casiro at the new Medical Sciences Building (inset).
Photography by JO-ANN RICHARDS

TWENTY-FOUR UBC MEDICAL STUDENTS—including five UVic alumni—will arrive on campus in January in the first phase of a plan to decentralize and expand doctor training across the province. Their classroom headquarters will be the new Medical Sciences Building—a $12-million, 3,900-square-metre complex near the Cunningham Building.

Training based in Victoria and Vancouver Island is expected to encourage more new doctors to practise in the region. “We want them to learn in communities where physicians are needed,” says Dr. Oscar Casiro, the head of the Island Medical Program at UVic.

President David Turpin says the IMP will help to meet “a very pressing societal need—the shortage of doctors in this province.” Along with similar programs at the University of Northern BC and expanded training at UBC, the IMP is part of a provincial government initiative to double the number of medical students admitted by UBC, to an annual total of 256 students by 2010.

The new campus facility includes an anatomy lab, lecture theatre and video links with UNBC and UBC. UVic’s strengths—including nursing, gerontology and addictions research—will form part of the curriculum for the IMP students.

The Medical Sciences Building is also the first campus facility designed to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation. That means it has been built to meet “green” standards of energy efficiency (a 30 to 50 per cent improvement over older buildings). It has a state-of-the art storm water management system, the interior maximizes natural light and recycled construction materials have been used wherever possible.

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