The Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to support the bond at their Thursday meeting. North Carolina residents can vote on the bond on March 15.
“We’re really hoping that we can get the support because it will allow us to continue to train more doctors for this state. There is a critical need for more doctors; they need to be outstanding doctors. We’ve got the capacity to do it, and we really need to improve the facility,” Chancellor Carol Folt said.
Faculty Chairperson Bruce Cairns, his daughter Ashley Cairns and Julie Byerley, the medical school’s vice dean for education, gave a presentation about the school to explain why the board should support the bond.
“What I’m hoping to do is give you more content as you talk to your friends and neighbors about this bond issue,” she said.
Byerley told the board 97 percent of graduates are satisfied with their education once they leave the medical school.
Byerley said there is an expected shortage of physicians by 2020, and they hope the new building will attract more top students.
Ashley Cairns, a first-year medical student, said the building also needs to adapt to the school’s new style of medical teaching, which emphasizes clinical practice.
Bruce Cairns said the current building, Berryhill Hall, reflects the time in which it was built, and times have changed. He said teaching is no longer isolated, passive and competitive, but the building still forces that atmosphere.