TWENTY-FOUR UBC MEDICAL
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
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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