USciences Opens the Integrated Professional Education Complex

Written by Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis
Published on October 15, 2014

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Upholding USciences’ commitment to prepare graduates for careers in the life sciences and health sciences professions, President HELEN GILES-GEE, PhD, was joined by the University community, local and state lawmakers, and Philadelphia residents and organizations at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marking the completion of USciences’ Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) on September 18, 2014.

“The IPEX is the culmination of strong visionary planning, as well as the efforts of countless people,” said Dr. Giles-Gee. “Our IPEX will serve as one of Pennsylvania’s premier academic facilities designed to educate our future healthcare and science professionals.”

The 57,000-square-foot, three-story building showcases an interprofessional education model that permits students from several disciplines— including physician assistant studies, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, psychology, and healthcare business and policy—to obtain traditional and hands-on experience.

This interprofessional education model gives students an opportunity to fully understand its value in their everyday practice and learn the benefits of respectful communication, the application of knowledge and skills, and how collaborative teams augment healthcare delivery to improve patient outcomes.

A sleek, modern, and bright facility, the $26 million building combines innovative learning spaces and student lounge space with two simulation labs, a clinical lab, five mock patient exam rooms, and conference rooms. IPEX also houses the new provisionally accredited physician assistant studies graduate professional program and serves as a hub for students to study, interact, and learn with and from one another.

“By learning together, each of our students in their respective disciplines will gain a greater appreciation for human health as a whole,” said USciences board chairman MARVIN SAMSON Hon- Alm’96. “They will be trained to work in teams to assist individuals in creating, restoring, and maintaining wellness; that is the healthcare paradigm of the future, and this Integrated Professional Education Complex is leading the way.”

A green-roof system that emphasizes the University’s commitment to the environment and sustainability, in addition to other features, helped USciences earn three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative.

Financial assistance toward the construction of the IPEX was provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

To learn more about the IPEX and see photos and video from the ribbon cutting, click here.


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