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Official opening of the new student reception area today – News from the Faculty of Medicine

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Student Senate and Dean’s Office will celebrate the grand opening of a new student lounge with a reception scheduled for October 17.

The new space, located at 6E of the University Health Center, is the result of a one-year collaboration between the Student Senate and the Deanship.

The reception, open to students, teachers and staff, will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 5,400 square foot facility, designed by students and the administration, is reserved for students of the WSU School of Medicine. It is available to students seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

“I would like to thank the students who dedicated their time and effort to developing this facility, which will provide much-needed study and relaxation space for our busy doctors-in-training,” said Wael Sakr, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine. . “This is the kind of tangible improvement that happens when our key stakeholders work together. My goal is to encourage other such partnerships.

The new space includes 18 small group study rooms, a large group study room, individual study desks, a conference room, three duty rooms for rotating medical students, lockers, a rest room with refrigerators and food preparation area, a lactation equipped with a microwave and a mini-fridge, a relaxation/meditation/prayer room and toilets.

Additionally, the space will have WSU internet access, sofas and chairs for relaxing, prayer and meditation mats, a water filtration fountain with a water bottle refill station , as well as coffee and tea provided by the Student Senate.
The new facility, along with the Scott Hall room 1328 student lounge that opened in January, significantly expands student-only facilities on the School of Medicine campus. This space, adjacent to the cafeteria, is open only to medical students and is available seven days a week.

“With such a large student body, there has been a substantial need for increased student study areas, particularly for a space that is 100% dedicated for student use and accessible to students 24/7. 7,” said Cullen Hudson, executive chairman, and Jenna Carter, ex-officio executive student senate president. “This space offers just that with plenty of small group study rooms, offices and rooms for solo study, and multiple rooms for large group meetings.”

The collaboration between the Student Senate and the administration was paramount to the overall success of the space, Hudson and Carter said. “This allowed our representatives to highlight and accommodate student needs in the design of the UHC 6E study space. Senators were able to survey the student body on the ideal use of space and incorporate work done previously by the Senate into the conceptualization of space design.

They also said the Senate spent time cleaning up the space and worked with other student organizations to collaborate on a collective vision and use of part of the space.

“With input from the student body and student leadership, we were able to include a dedicated locker area, a meditation and prayer room, custodial rooms, a lactation support room, and a water filtration system. ‘water in space,’ Hudson and Carter said. . “Finally, the collaboration with the Student Senate and student organizations like Art in Medicine helped to embellish the space with works of art and student creations. Overall, student and administration contributions have resulted in a new space that meets many student needs and expands student support. »

Besides Hudson and Carter, students involved in the project included Mirna Kaafarani, executive vice president; Joseph Files, representing the Class of 2024; Jonah Yousif, Executive Secretary; Ashley Kramer, Executive MD/Ph.D. representing; Arya Gaddam, Vice President Class of 2025; Andrew Abdallah, Class of 2024 representative; Lauren Robb, Executive Treasurer; and Koushik Tupil, representing the Class of 2025.