IU President Adam Herbert, IU Northwest Chancellor Bruce Bergland, IU School of Medicine Dean Craig Brater and members of the IU Board of Trustees will preside over the dedication of the new Professional Education/Medical Education Building June 22 at IU Northwest.
The campus' newest facility brings together the IU School of Medicine-Northwest, the Division of Social Work, the School of Business and Economics, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Nursing, Radiologic Sciences and the Dental Education programs. The 136,600 square-foot building provides students with at state-of-the-art learning environment and expands health programs that serve the needs of the community.
The new building was constructed in two phases and opened its doors to the IU School of Medicine-Northwest in August of 2004. It includes special observable examination rooms, which are vital for teaching and evaluating students’ clinical skills. It houses the cytogenetics clinic and laboratory, which offers prenatal counseling, diagnostic evaluation, and laboratory services to the community so that local physicians don’t have to refer patients to Indianapolis or Chicago. The medical Library, which is used by hospitals in Lake and Porter Counties, now has room to grow and will provide greater research opportunities for post-doctoral and graduate students.
As part of IU Northwest’s effort to expand learning opportunities and narrow its academic focus, the building will serve as the foundation of IU Northwest’s commitment to excellence in health and human services. “This is a facility that will bring together, under one roof, many disciplines which will also enable us to pursue the leadership role befitting IU Northwest in professional and medical education and health and human services”, says Chancellor Bergland. The building greatly expands services for students and faculty in the Division of Social Work, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It includes specialized teaching rooms, student lounges, and work space, and a management training conference room. It will also house the future site of the School of Business and Economics Simulated Stock Trading Floor.