Queen’s celebrates government support for School of Medicine building
With fresh paint still gleaming in its elegant new School of Medicine building, Queen’s University held a celebration today to recognize the generous support of federal and provincial governments in funding the $77-million state-of-the-art facility.
Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy, with Kingston and The Islands MPP John Gerretsen, helped Principal Daniel Woolf, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Richard Reznick, President of the medical student government “TJ” Thurarshen Jeyalingam, former dean David Walker and former principal Tom Williams symbolically lay the cornerstone of the new building at the corner of Arch and Stuart Streets.
“We are extremely grateful to our partners from the federal and provincial governments for their magnificent investment in medical education at Queen’s,” said Principal Woolf. “This new building is much more than just modern facilities. With it comes a spirit of renewal and revitalization. We look towards positive change in the way we educate our health professionals, and we expect Queen’s to be at the leading edge of emerging novel educational processes.”
“Having one of the premier teaching facilities in North America will help Queen’s continue to attract the best medical students, faculty and staff, and provide an unparalleled educational experience for our doctors of tomorrow,” said Dean Reznick, noting that more than 40 per cent of doctors working in Southeastern Ontario received their education at Queen’s. “Our beautiful new facility aligns with the government’s priority to increase the number of well-trained and well-educated health care professionals in our region, in the province and in the country.”
Following the ceremony, medical students led guided tours of the 5-storey building, including a hands-on demonstration in the surgical skills and simulation lab, equipped with high-tech mannequins, observation rooms and recording facilities.
The new School of Medicine building received a Government of Canada investment of $28.8 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and $28.8 million from the Ontario government through the 2009 Budget. The balance of $19.4 million will be provided by gifts from alumni, friends, faculty and students, of which 98 per cent has been secured including $500,000 pledged by current and future students and $1.5 million from Queen’s Clinical Teachers Association.
Work will continue over the summer to complete the finishing touches on the facility, which will be fully functional for the start of the academic year. A grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 22.