A $3 million gift from The Whiting-Tuner Contracting Company will allow the University of Maryland, Baltimore to turn a vacant building in West Baltimore into an educational facility that will be used by all seven schools at the institution.
The grant will provide a physical location for the university’s Interprofessional Education Center, established in 2013. The likely home for the 7,500 square-foot facility is the H.C. Walterhoefer Building, located at 121 North Greene Street, according to the university.
The building will include mock-clinical facilities, such as exam rooms, in which actors portraying patients will let students from the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work and other programs work together to develop their respective skills.
“The future of health care is reliant uppon effective interdisciplinary teamwork,” said university President Dr. Jay A. Perman in a statement. In addition to helping students from different schools train together, Whiting-Tuner’s gift “also will help to strengthen our West Baltimore neighborhood by replacing a vacant building with a vibrant center for learning and research,” he said.