Unity, Hope and Healing in the hour
the help of a Medical School employee, two elderly sisters from New
students safe after time in Superdome
day in the life of the GRB relief effort
road: An evacuation story
Then and Now
Then and Now
By Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H.
In 1971, Dr. Robert Tuttle, then associate dean for
academic affairs at the new UT Medical School at Houston was given a
challenge by Dean Cheves Smythe – go find a classroom to teach
medical students. At the time, our school had no building, so Dr. Tuttle
searched the Medical Center and found rented facilities at the old Center
Pavilion Hospital, which is no longer in existence, at Holcombe and South
Braeswood. Renovations were needed to have useable seating and functional
blackboards with chalk. Students had to walk across the entire campus
to attend a lecture where videotapes on a small color television that
projected mostly green images was considered high tech.
Fast forward to August 2005. Recent renovations to the Medical School’s
large auditoriums and classrooms are providing a state-of-the-art learning environment
few dreamed possible even a decade ago. With wireless networking, students can
go online and access a wealth of images and medical information as they attend
lectures. The latest data projectors provide five times brighter images than
in the past, and faculty can project digital images simultaneous with video images
at a resolution impressive by all standards.
While lectures continue to be videotaped for student use, live streaming video
of lectures allows students to pick up lectures at home or anywhere they have
network access. The latest Cardionics technology allows students to listen as
a group to heart and pulmonary sounds in the auditorium setting with acoustic
quality not possible in years past.
In short, the digital revolution has been embraced by the school and is changing
our learning environment for the better – preparing our students to be
better equipped as they enter the world as practicing physicians.