The Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, located on the Upjohn Campus in downtown Kalamazoo, is a result of $68 million in renovations to a building donated by William U. Parfet, chairman and CEO of MPI Research in Mattawan, Michigan for the purpose of being used by the School of Medicine. Parfet is a great-grandson of W.E. Upjohn, whom the campus is named after.
The renovations were completed in June 2014, with the 54-student inaugural Class of 2018 beginning in Fall 2014. The building is the primary site for education during the Foundations of Medicine part of a medical degree.
Highlights of the campus design
The campus includes spaces for instruction, student support and administrative offices. The instructional space is designed for classes of 100 students, though classes of 84 are planned. The campus was designed to include outdoor areas for medical students, and landscaping involves a large amount of green space. The learning environment includes:
- Two 90-seat team-based learning halls.
- 14 classrooms.
- A gross anatomy and multipurpose lab.
- An auditorium.
- Four student learning communities.
- A learning commons and library.
- Ample student study space.
- A fitness center.
- Research and administrative space.
The lower level of the building is the Simulation Center, which includes:
- Eight simulation rooms.
- Procedure labs.
- Task trainer rooms.
- 12 standardized patient exam rooms.
- Two classrooms.