Medical School gest $12.5 million
for high-tech education building
The Claude Moore Charitable
Foundation of Fairfax has made a $12.5 million challenge gift
to U.Va.’s School of Medicine for a state-of-the-art medical
education building. The commitment — the largest private
gift ever for a Medical School building project — requires
the University to raise the other half of the facility’s
$25 million cost.
“This facility will enable us to impart the increasingly
complex skills our medical students need to become effective and
compassionate physicians and to pursue new advances in patient
care,” said University President
John T. Casteen III. “We owe the Claude Moore Charitable
Foundation and its trustees a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
The 85,000-square-foot structure will provide flexible teaching
spaces and new technologies to support innovative medical instruction.
It will offer specialized multimedia classrooms with Internet
connections and other technological tools. It also will contain
video-equipped exam rooms that will allow students to review and
analyze their interactions with their patients.
The building’s Medical Simulation Training Center will offer
a safe, cost-effective way for medical students, residents and
emergency medical technicians to hone essential skills. In addition
to the challenge gift, the foundation has provided $180,000 to
purchase patient simulators — lifelike, computerized mannequins
that can be programmed to exhibit standard medical symptoms and
to respond appropriately to treatment — and provide specialized
training in their use.
“Human patient simulation is a computer-driven model that
provides hands-on experience for students to learn in a true-to-life
setting,” said Dr. Marcus Martin, chairman of the Department
of Emergency Medicine. “It provides opportunities for interdisciplinary
team training and helps decrease medical errors in the way that
aviation training reduces pilot errors.”
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation continues a tradition of
philanthropy established by its namesake, a longtime Washington
radiologist and a 1916 graduate of the U.Va. School of Medicine
who died in 1991 at the age of 98.
Foundation trustee Leigh Middleditch, who holds undergraduate
and law degrees from the University, noted: “Dr. Moore was
a man of firm opinions, and he understood the importance of education
in the practice of medicine. We believe this superb, high-tech
medical education facility will continue to attract the best and
brightest students and faculty to the School of Medicine.”
Previously, Moore gave $300,000 to the University for its health
sciences library, which bears his name.
Later, in 1992, with grants totaling $400,000 from the Claude
Moore Charitable Foundation, the Board of Visitors established
the Claude Moore Professorship in his memory. Dr. Diane Snustad,
professor of gerontology, currently holds this chair.