By | December 3, 2010 12:00 am

UCF College of Medicine partners continue to tour the new medical education facility to see how the next generations of doctors will be taught in Orlando. Recently, leaders from Florida Hospital visited the college, marveling at the life-giving building, open spaces, high-tech labs – and even the new café, which the hospital helps run.

“We’ve heard great things about your café,” one official remarked as the visit began.

In leading the tour, Dr. Deborah German, vice president of medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, thanked Florida Hospital because “you are one of our major partners and major donors. You helped make this happen.”

Hospital officials were very interested in how medical students will be trained because some of the UCF doctors-in-training will do their third- and fourth-year clerkships at Florida Hospital locations.

In the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, Dr. Juan Cendan, associate dean for simulation and the center’s director, explained that the old paradigm of medical education was “see one, do one, teach one.” M.D. students saw a procedure, did the procedure on a patient and then taught the procedure to a classmate. Today, at the UCF College of Medicine, students “see one, practice many,” by treating standardized patients, mannequins and virtual patients before they enter the real world. “We give them a chance to work on their skills before we send them out into the wild blue yonder,” he said.

Dr. German told the Florida Hospital team that the college’s Piazza will be a gathering place at Lake Nona’s emerging medical city and that one day the Tavistock Green will be lined with other educational and research buildings, including the UCF College of Nursing. “This will be a campus all of Florida can be proud of,” she said.

Ken Bradley runs Florida Hospital’s Winter Park Memorial Hospital and is also Winter Park’s mayor. He remembered talking about a medical school for Orlando in 2003 with UCF President John C. Hitt. “From that discussion to what the college is today is amazing,” he said.

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