By | October 1, 2010 12:00 am

College of Medicine sponsors, the Tavistock Group, whose generous donations have included scholarship money and land for the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, toured the college’s new medical education facility recently. As part of the tour, company employees had the opportunity to meet second-year student Elona Rrapo, recipient of the Tavistock full four-year scholarship.

“I want to thank everyone here because you are really part of the reason we are here,” Dr. Deborah German, UCF vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, told the Tavistock team. “We are determined to be a medical city that will be a global destination for medical education, research and patient care.”

Dr. German hosted the tour, telling the college’s benefactors that the upstart medical school offered UCF the opportunity “to do it right” with technology that “surpasses the technology of any medical school in the country.”

The Tavistock Group saw plenty of that technology, including digital slides in the Microscopy Lab, touch-screen computers above dissection tables in the Anatomy Lab and the Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, which is 98 percent digital.

“Students want instant access to information,” explained College of Medicine Professor Andrew Payer as he welcomed the visitors to “the anatomy lab of my dreams.”

Rasesh “Sesh” Thakkar, CEO of the Tavistock Group, talked about the company’s commitment to the College of Medicine and the emerging medical city at Lake Nona. Medical city will strengthen the area’s economy and supply needed jobs and other opportunities, he said. “The region will never be the same again.”

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