The new Phoenix Biomedical Campus represents a unique partnership between NAU and the University of Arizona
that is helping to fill critical workforce shortages in the health professions. Photo by Keven Siegert, University of Arizona.
The lobby of the Health Sciences Education Building at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus swarms with visitors
during the facility's grand opening celebration on Oct. 5. Photo by Sun Czar Belous
About 500 people gathered on a sunny Friday morning to hear about the high-tech center that is NAU’s Phoenix home of two high-demand and highly competitive health care fields,
physician assistant and physical therapy. It also houses the Phoenix campus for the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. Photo by Sun Czar Belous
NAU President John Haeger has said the public may see yet another modern-looking structure amid a block of high-tech pursuits in downtown Phoenix.
"But the groundbreaking changes to course delivery and their implications for Arizona’s future are sure to be felt," he said. Photo by Sun Czar Belous
Eileen Klein, Gov. Jan Brewer’s chief of staff, told guests, “This new method of teaching and clinical experience
will certainly improve health care outcomes in areas that are desperately in need of care.” Photo by Sun Czar Belous
"This is what true collaboration looks like," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said of the NAU and UA partnership.
Rick Myers, chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, told the crowd, "These state-of-the-art educational and laboratory facilities
are absolutely the premier training ground for the future of health care."
Inside the new facility, visitors found social gathering spaces that allow students from various health professions
to gather for forming connections and studying.
Learning studios allow for small-group instruction that may include video streaming
for interactions with experts around the nation.
Clinical exam rooms feature cameras that allow physician assistant faculty
to view interactions of students and patients without influencing the environment.
Faculty monitor physician assistants from this room,
in which video is streamed from clinical exam rooms.
A large learning studio allows students to monitor simulations of patient care.
The physical therapy lab features cameras and displays
that enhance instruction and facilitate demonstrations.
Student interaction with patients is filmed and monitored by faculty
to allow for review and discussion after the patient's visit.