Designed for Silver LEED certification, the Learning Center features large expanses of glass and prominent entrances on Research Drive and from the Duke medical campus. Anchored by a large fountain, the terraced garden walkway and medical arcade lead from Research Drive up to the main Duke medical campus. A covered walkway leads to the Duke Medicine Pavilion and a large oval courtyard connecting the new Duke Cancer Center, Duke Clinic, and the Duke University School of Nursing.
With a prominent entrance on Research Drive, this floor features Education Hall, a multi-purpose event venue with moveable interior walls and flexible seating for 400. The large Atrium offers an attractive lobby and additional event space. Education Hall is equipped with state-of-the-art wireless and audiovisual technology. A monumental staircase begins on this floor and extends 30-feet to the second floor.
With a generous balcony overlooking Education Hall, this floor serves as a gallery viewing area and informal gathering space for students. It also houses a medium-sized conference room and men’s and women’s restrooms with showers.
With a welcoming entrance just off the Duke Hospital-Duke Clinic walkway, this floor has convenient access to Research Drive and Duke Medicine Pavilion. It offers a café and ample informal seating areas. A 144-seat Team-Based Learning (TBL) Center features extra-wide stadium-style tiers to accommodate tables and chairs. TBL students complete assigned reading and come to class prepared to work in teams to solve clinical problems. They are tested before, during, and after each session, both individually and as a group, and teams stay together throughout the first year of medical school.
An open staircase leads from the second to the third floor, which is home to central teaching, with 2 shared conference rooms, 6 teaching laboratories, 6 small group work rooms, and 1 large classroom. All rooms are completely flexible with moveable tables and chairs and room-dividing walls. The third floor also houses an office suite for the vice dean for medical education.
The hub of medical school community life, this floor features a Student Life area complete with a kitchen, TV area, lockers, meeting space, and quiet areas. A generous rooftop terrace offers outdoor social space for students and faculty. Prospective students will receive their first impression of Duke in the Medical School Admissions Office Suite. Throughout their time at DukeMed they will access the Advisory Deans’ suite for group educational and social activities, as well as one-on-one academic counseling.
High-tech simulation facilities on this floor will be used by medical and other health professions students, as well as medical residents and faculty who need to learn and practice new procedures. This floor also houses the standardized patient program, where actors provide students with realistic clinical skills practice. The floor is designed with separate entrances, training, and assessment areas so that actors and students encounter each other only in the exam room.