At UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine, we are constantly working to improve our services for patients, our research and the way we train physicians to best meet our mission. However, in one area we are lagging behind.
At the UNC School of Medicine, Berryhill Hall is where our students train. Built more than 50 years ago, it served the needs of its time. But its auditorium-style classroom is antiquated, and it can no longer accommodate our anticipated class size of 230.
In recent years, teaching styles have changed. Our students now learn through collaborative teaching, and advanced technology is integrated into the classroom, mirroring the way that modern doctors should practice. Class size is also increasing. A larger class size is necessary to help meet the growing demand for physicians to serve the needs of our state.
Since 1879, the UNC School of Medicine has had the distinct privilege of training the next generations of physicians, clinicians, scientists and health professionals to serve North Carolinians. In fact, the UNC School of Medicine serves North Carolinians in all 100 counties of the state, reaching rural communities and underserved populations. That is something we are very proud of, but it also is a challenge, given the rapidly growing and aging population.
On March 15, North Carolina voters will decide on a proposed $2 billion bond package that would go to higher education, safety and parks, among other things. If passed, the bond would allocate $68 million toward renovating Berryhill Hall.
An up-to-date facility with advanced technology would help us attract today’s brightest minds, accommodate a larger class size and continue developing groundbreaking research.
To remain a leader in medicine and to continue serving the needs of our growing population, we need to provide an environment where today’s brightest minds can expand what is possible in medicine.
Please vote on March 15.