McGill med school gets $21 million for exciting new upgrades
McGill's Faculty of Medicine facilities are getting a much needed face-lift, thanks to $21 million in new funding announced today by the Quebec government.
McGill's medical school facilities are getting a much needed face-lift, thanks to $21 million in new funding announced today by the Quebec government.
The lump sum funding will enable the University to build world-class, state-of-the-art surgical skills and clinical laboratories and upgrade its classrooms and its dissection and histology laboratories. The money will also be used to improve the McIntyre Medical Building's ventilation and sprinkler systems.
"This new money means that we will be able to upgrade our laboratories and provide more specialized laboratory training and better teaching facilities for our increasing numbers of students," said McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum at a news conference today held jointly by Quebec Education Minister Pierre Reid and Health Minister Philippe Couillard. In addition to the funds earmarked for McGill, ministers Reid and Couillard announced today that the Université de Montréal would receive $40.5 million.
The funds will help the universities make capital investments required for the teaching and training of increasing numbers of medical school students. McGill currently has 160 medical students, representing an increase of about 60 per cent in the last five years. Across Quebec, the number of medical school students has increased from 400 to 660 this year. Last November, the Quebec government announced $34 million for the medical school at the Université de Sherbrooke and $40 million for Université Laval.
McGill's Dean of Medicine, Abraham Fuks, said the new funds will enable McGill to do "exciting things."
A few examples:
- Design and construction of a new world-class, state-of-the-art surgical skills laboratory, where students will be able to practice their surgical and emergency skills on mannequins and in simulations.
- Construction of a new clinical skills laboratory, where students will work on their physical examination and interview skills.
- Improvements to the anatomy and dissection laboratory in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building.
- Upgrades to the histology laboratory in Strathcona.
- Major improvements to classrooms and teaching facilities, including the addition of high-tech teaching tools, in the McIntyre, Strathcona and Duff medical buildings.
- Upgrades to the Health Sciences Library in the McIntyre Building.
- Improvements to sprinkler and ventilation systems in the McIntyre, Strathcona and Duff buildings.