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Thomas Jefferson University-Dorrance H. Hamilton Building Simulation Center

Learning together

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The United States is anticipating a shortage of physicians, and that means medical schools need to boost their enrollment over the next decade by 15 percent. Thomas Jefferson University wants to contribute to a more secure medical future—and they’ll do that by shaping a new paradigm for education in the health sciences.

Our challenge was to design a building that could accommodate a variety of user groups in a limited space. The new Dorrance H. Hamilton Building will deliver an integrated curriculum to students in medical, nursing, and both physical and occupational therapy studies. The new paradigm helps students work and succeed as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare delivery team.

The building includes clinical training areas, classroom space, and an audio-video studio. There are simulation trauma and intensive care unit settings, a mock apartment and splint land, and specialized nursing classrooms. With flexible teaching spaces and shared informal spaces, we were able to accommodate the medical college and the schools of pharmacy, nursing, and health.

When students learn together, they’re better prepared to work together. The future of healthcare is in integrated teams, and we used that as a driving force to design a building that would attract more students. 

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