Western Michigan University School of Medicine welcomes inaugural class

Designed by SLAM 

Kalamazoo, MI– Western Michigan University’s new Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class on August 18.

The S/L/A/M Collaborative in association with Diekema Hamann was selected from a field of 25 nationally known architecture firms to program and design the $68 million renovation and addition, which opened in June.

The 350,000sf building, donated by MPI Research, is the new downtown Kalamazoo W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus.

The team developed the space program, and designed a facility to house the brand new school of medicine, which is a privately funded institution developed in partnership with the public Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo’s two teaching hospitals, Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare.

This first building for this developing school reflects a unique culture of education, clinical care, research, and service. It includes team-based, problem-based and simulation-based learning environments aligned with an innovative organ-centered curriculum.

A Clinical Skills Center allows medical students to experience “doctoring” with simulated patients before beginning clinical rotations.

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