Harrell Medical Education Building
The George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building – UF’s home for medical and physician assistant students – opened its doors July 2015.
“The building is designed with the students foremost in mind,” said then-UF President Bernie Machen. “We intend for this inspirational building to become a model for the College of Medicine and for the University of Florida.”
George Harrell, M.D., was the UF College of Medicine’s founding dean. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harrell Medical Education Building on Nov. 22, 2013, Harrell’s granddaughter, Heather Harrell, M.D., reflected on her grandfather’s vision for UF’s medical school more than 50 years ago.
“My grandfather passionately believed that educating medical students was the only unique mission of a medical school, and that medical students must feel valued not just by the faculty, but that their physical surrounding should also affirm their value,” said Heather Harrell, a graduate of the UF College of Medicine.
It is a historical first that the medical and PA school are exclusively housed together, thanks to the vision and support of the Dean of the College of Medicine, Michael L. Good, M.D.
“In order to deliver exceptional medical training to the next generation of physicians and physician assistants, we must transform how and where our students learn,” Good said. “The Harrell Building is strategically designed to support this shift in teaching and learning.”
“The strategic plan for UF Health has been focused on creating an integrated academic health center with the goal of improving the health of our patients,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health.
The new medical education facility was designed and customized with a forward-looking curriculum in mind. The 95,000-square-foot, four-story facility enabled the college to expand its space for simulation education on the top two floors. The fourth floor houses a state-of-the-art experiential learning theater that can easily be transformed into a variety of settings, creating real-life scenarios to help teach students and professionals complicated, high-risk skills.
The location of the Harrell Medical Education Building is on the north edge of the UF Health Science Center, on Newell Drive across from the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute.