JOPLIN, Mo. - It may seem hard to imagine, but by this time next year, the Joplin campus of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences will be home to 150 medical school students. Don't expect to see much in the way of textbooks.
"The students will have iPads that will be supported through a number of different opportunities with the online library. They have Blackboard services where the professors load into their iPad, the lectures and the information that they need," said Dr. Paula Gregory D.O., Joplin Campus Dean.
Construction work is in high gear both inside and outside of what used to be Mercy's component hospital. You can easily see what will eventually be a large lecture hall on one corner of the 155,000 square foot campus.
"The skills lab is very technologically savvy. We have human patient simulators that can do different heart rates, different sounds so that we can train the students on what they need to know before they get out with real patients," said Dr. Paula Gregory D.O., Joplin Campus Dean.
Artist renderings of what the building will look like upon completion are located throughout the two story complex. Some portions suit the school's vision so well they will largely be left intact.
"There's about 24 patient rooms in here that we are able to convert with minimal effort to our standardized patient area, and this is an area where we will have patient actors come in for our student doctors can evaluate them," Timothy Saxe, Director, Capital Projects
Dr. Gregory estimates the school's annual economic impact on the area economy to be $110 million.