2016 / December

Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center

A Vibrant New Home at P&S for Future Leaders of Medicine and Science

December, 2016

As the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) celebrates its 250th anniversary, the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center heralds a new campus era for our school. This state-of-the-art building provides advanced learning resources for our medical and graduate students to achieve their potential as tomorrow’s top clinicians and biomedical scientists. Nurturing our students’ growth into leaders of academic medicine, the Vagelos Education Center will help ensure the lasting strength of P&S in patient care, research, and medical education for the next quarter-millennium.

The innovative, environmentally sustainable Vagelos Education Center was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the minds behind the stunning update of Lincoln Center. Overlooking the Hudson River, the 14-story building incorporates 100,000 square feet of high-tech, flexible learning space. This includes a world-class simulation center (18,000 square feet), which will support training in clinical and surgical skills through simulation-based medical education.

Combining these resources with social spaces and student services, the Vagelos Education Center is a bustling second home for students on campus. It fosters a dynamic culture of learning through its unique, multi-floor study cascade, which melds social and study spaces. This layout facilitates the small-group collaboration integral to our curricula, helping students hone the teamwork skills essential for the practice of modern medicine and its advancement through research. The cross-pollination of ideas between medical and graduate students will help Columbia continue graduating true physician-scientists, who will lead the field and improve patient care.

The Vagelos Education Center was championed by P. Roy Vagelos, MD’54, chair of the Medical Center’s Board of Advisors. Designed to be an adaptable part of our campus for many years to come, the Vagelos Education Center has year-round climate control for energy efficiency and sustainable features targeting LEED Gold certification.

With its iconic design and beautiful green spaces for students to relax and recharge, the Vagelos Education Center kicks off a larger campus revitalization effort by Columbia University Medical Center. As we celebrate the 250th anniversary of P&S, we thank everyone who contributed to this vitally important project. Your generosity supports the future achievements of our graduates and our institution’s ongoing leadership of clinical care, research, and medical education—for the ultimate benefit of patients around the world.

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