The Center for the Future of Surgery is situated in the new Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building. The building, constructed at a cost of $65 million, has 45,000 square feet, including:
- A research suite where physicians and scientists work together across disciplines and collaborate to deliver new discoveries.
- Surgical suites where students gain hands-on experience with the latest surgical, robotic, laparoscopic and microscopic techniques.
- A simulation center with an operating room, an intensive care unit, an emergency room and a medical/surgical hospital room.
- A Telemedicine Training and Consultation Center where doctors and students collaborate and provide care to communities in remote areas
- A tiered 350-seat auditorium, the largest on the medical school campus, equipped with advanced technology.
The Medical Education Building is a multipurpose, multitasking facility that serves as the focal point for medical education at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Architecturally and technologically, it is configured for the utmost versatility to ensure that it meets the needs of students, faculty, physicians, and the community for decades to come.
All classrooms are structured to accommodate distance learning, allowing the medical school to share curriculum with other University of California campuses, particularly in connection with the PRIME program.
The Medical Education Building offers medical students the opportunity to learn in an environment planned from the ground up to ensure close coordination of clinical, research and educational endeavors. The class of medical students that began in September 2011 was the first to learn in this new, exciting environment.