UNM Regents unanimously named Phase II of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education the Leonard W. Napolitano Ph.D. Anatomical Education Center at a Regents meeting Tuesday, January 12. Napolitano, who spoke at the meeting, became a founding member of the SOM faculty in 1964 and was SOM Dean from 1972 to 1993. He is largely credited with developing many of the school’s unique medical educational programs, including its nationally renowned Primary Care Curriculum. Incoming Health Sciences Center students will have more than 53,000 square feet of state-of-the-art standardized patient space, mock exam rooms, computerized simulation rooms, anatomy labs and classrooms in the $20 million facility. The Anatomical Education Center carrying Napolitano’s name will be used by medical, physical therapy, nursing and pharmacy students, as well as for a variety of continuing medical education courses. A clinical performance center is housed on the first floor of the building, while the anatomy lab, learning center and classrooms fill the second floor. The anatomy lab can accommodate up to 136 students, and provides ceiling and wall-mounted monitors for viewing instructor-led demonstrations or instructional videos. "This advanced anatomical-instruction facility is likely the newest in the country, designed with custom-made technologies to enhance multidisciplinary learning in a progressive, safe environment for our students and faculty," remarks Paul McGuire, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. For more information on the Leonard W. Napolitano Ph.D. Anatomical Education Center call 505/272-3322. Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322
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