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A New Era of Medical Education

Jordan-BuildingConstruction is under way on the Henry A. Jordan, M ’62, Medical Education Center, creating a new era of medical education for students at the Perelman School of Medicine.  With its location atop the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and connected to the Smilow Center for Translational Research and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, the Henry Jordan Center is one of the few medical educational facilities in the nation to be fully integrated with research and clinical practice facilities.

“More than a collection of classrooms and study areas, the new Henry Jordan Center will play a prominent role in advancing innovation in every aspect of medicine,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive VP of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.

The Center will have a flexible, adaptable and state-of-the-art environment to support the School of Medicine’s small-group learning model. It will also strengthen the collaborative and team-based relationships that define medicine today. High-tech recording and simulcast technology will allow faculty members to more easily create online courses and lectures available to millions across the globe. Students will be able to quickly call up EKG results, tissue samples, 3D videos of organs, and the latest journal articles while they discuss classroom work or clinical rotations. Telemedicine meetings or consultations will facilitate constant collaboration among Penn Medicine laboratories and other schools, centers, foundations, and institutes.

The Center was named to honor the late Henry A. Jordan, MD, thanks to a major gift from his wife, Barrie.  “Henry loved this institution, the vision that it embraced and, in particular, its extraordinary medical students,” she said. “Our family is honored to have his name associated with this stunning new educational facility.”

Photo caption: Ralph Muller; Gail Morrison, vice dead for Education; University president Amy Gutmann; and J. Larry Jameson all participated in the beam signing for the Henry A. Jordan, M '62 Medical Education Building.


Girder-photoFearless of the height, members of the construction team working on the Henry A. Jordan, M ’62, Medical Education Center recreated Lunch atop a Skyscraper, a famous black-and-white photo taken in 1932 during construction of the RCA Building in NY. 


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