The Lee Medicine Building on the Vermillion campus is where students in Pillar 1 spend the first 18 months of medical school learning the basic sciences and system blocks.
As one of the cornerstones of not only the University of South Dakota campus, but also of the regional health care industry, it is a critical component of enhancing research and improving health sciences and medical education in the state. State-of-the-art technology is deployed throughout the 156,000 square-foot building.
Funding for the $37 million project included $12.5 million from the Higher Education Facilities Fund, $12.5 million from Campaign South Dakota, $10.2 million from the federal government and $1.8 million from the state of South Dakota. Lead private gifts came from Avera Health, Monument Health and Sanford Health.
- The eye-catching, four-story atrium brings the building together, literally and figuratively.
- As a bridge between the building's two wings, the atrium serves as a gathering place.
- The space provides an inviting area to host speakers, receptions, meetings, conferences and symposia.
- This wing is defined by its flexibility and organization.
- More than 30 laboratory modules can be changed as necessary to accommodate evolving research needs for decades to come.
- Laboratories are clustered around faculty offices, enhancing interaction between faculty and students with similar research interests.
- The state-of-the-art lab.
- This wing includes a progressive learning environment, shifting from traditional lecture-style teaching to collaborative learning through small groups.
- Students in basic health sciences will learn as they problem-solve together with real-life human examples.
- The teaching style is patient-based and the most effective way to teach future health care providers.
- As medical and health science students learn side-by-side, they increase their appreciation for how different professionals serve each patient.
- The basement houses a state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory for the Body Donation Program as well as clinical exam rooms where students experience a real-world environment.
- On the basement and first-floor levels, space is included for classes, conferences, lectures and seminars.
- Two large, health science teaching laboratories are the focal point of the third floor; administrative offices are located in the northwest corner of the top three floors.
- Wireless networking.
- Audio and video recording capabilities in learning spaces improve feedback students receive from faculty.
- Computers in classrooms and study spaces are fully loaded with essential specialty software.
- Security is state-of-the-art with key card access for students, faculty and staff.
- Twenty-seven security cameras are monitored by USD's Department of Public Safety.
- Computers monitor the building's mechanical systems and generate an automatic alert if necessary.
Faculty & Staff
Anja Cucak, a rising third-year University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine student, with the help of Dr. Valeriy Kozmenko, director of the Parry Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation, created an interactive online interface that allows students to work with health care simulations remotely.
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Departments & Facilities
Housed in the state's only medical school, the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences creates an environment of innovative and interdisciplinary research aimed at examining human disease.