The Northern Health Learning and Development Centre will be located at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia (UHNBC) in Prince George, B.C. The project is an important partnership between the Province of B.C., Northern Health, the University of British Columbia , and the University of Northern British Columbia.
The Province of B.C. is providing $9.86 million in funding for the project. Construction is expected to get underway shortly after the contract was awarded in December 2013.
The 1,365-square-metre centre will foster inter-disciplinary learning, clinical research and innovation, and will include a library, seminar rooms with a combined capacity of 140, a simulation lab, video conferencing suites, and collaboration areas. It will be built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards. The centre will be avaluable resource for students and residents in the Northern Medical Program, visiting residents from other locations, and other health professional students in the region.
The project is an important partnership between Northern Health, UBC, and UNBC to enhance training and learning opportunities. The 128 undergraduate medical students in UBC’s Northern Medical program spend most of their time in Prince George, at both UNBC and UHNBC. In addition, 30 residents in various specialties are based at the hospital year-round, along with several visiting residents. Students in the Northern and Rural Cohort of the UBC Master of Physical Therapy program also receive clinical training at the hospital. Through UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, the Province has more than doubled the number of first-year undergraduate medical school spaces in B.C., from 128 in 2003 to 288 today, while also expanding residency spaces to keep pace with undergraduate program growth.
The 1,365-square-metre centre will foster inter-disciplinary learning, clinical research and innovation, and will include:
- A library;
- Seminar rooms with a combined capacity of 140;
- A simulation lab;
- Video conferencing suites; and
- Collaboration areas.