|Center for Experiential Learning Reinvigorated via Renovation: Grand Opening Nov. 6|
|Sunday, November 03 2013|
Do you remember how different the days were, as a kid, when your teacher rounded up the class and, as part of your studies, took you outdoors?
URMC's Center for Experiential Learning (CEL) firmly grasps that basic lesson of our environment's undeniable affect on our learning. CEL, in case you're new to it, is URMC's educational delivery hub that's busy enhancing educational services—such as curriculum design, assessment, educational research, and faculty development—for health care providers.
Half a year's renovation has introduced several relevant (not to mention slick) changes to the CEL educational space—and that's just Phase One of the construction. Why not nose around for yourself? Grand Opening festivities run from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Head to the School of Medicine and Dentistry (415 Elmwood Ave., Rochester) and take the Yellow elevators to the second floor (7500 wing). A spread of food and beverages will be available to keep you fueled up as you tour the space.
This open house promises a wonderfully orchestrated experience; the whole space will be abuzz with demos. Standardized patients—trained actors in the role of patients—will be acting out skits. Are you a physician considering working with CEL’s standardized patients? (Or we should say—these and their standardized families: Which health care professional on the patient’s team, for example, is responsible for consoling the patient’s wife upon delivery of bad news? Students need to know.) This is the chance to see it all in motion. The simulation labs also will be in use, as CEL staff narrate just what’s happening there, and explain ways you might leverage the labs.
From its inception in March 2012 to May of that year, more than 8,590 activities passed through the CEL. These inter-professional programs yielded over 29,628 hours of education.
New facilities are just the start
Why the renovations when CEL’s in the thick of so many other exciting changes?
CEL’s mavens constantly investigate not only what’s being learned, but also how and where. They quickly saw that today’s learners need something different than traditional lecture halls and labs. As Sarah E. Peyre, Ph.D., director of CEL, put it, “We need space that meets the needs of educational programs, rather than the other way around.”
One’s $3 million accommodations for interprofessional learning and new
· 5,800 square feet of modernized educational space
· Renovation of current 2-7500 labs
· Four 40-person flexible classrooms (expandable to two 80-person flexible classrooms)
· Two high-definition projectors in each room
· Video conferencing and digital recording capabilities
· Flexible work rooms in back of classrooms
· Sinks and gas hook-ups
· EPSON interactive white boards
On the horizon for CEL, as part of the renovation, are a mock operating room, clinical exam rooms, updated debriefing rooms, and a surgical arcade. Phase Two of the renovation will begin in the near future.
Want more on CEL’s event planning capabilities, its organization of CME opportunities, the Standardized Patient Program, or just plain curious about the place? This Grand Opening is for you.
Registration is not required—just duck in.
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