Banking on the Future (2008)

Student works with a simulation maniken

The past year was very good for education throughout the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC).

Medical students moved into a new building, which was designed to accommodate a new curriculum and which allowed for an immediate 15% increase in class size to help alleviate the U.S. physician shortage projected by decade's end. The Rollins School of Public Health broke ground for the Claudia Nance Rollins Building, which will double the school’s space, marking another milestone in the school’s trajectory since its creation in 1990. And the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, housed in its own relatively new facility, continued remarkable growth in its graduate and undergraduate programs, including a new program to offer simulated emergency training together with medical students.

Last year, the center invested almost $14 million from tuition revenue to provide financial aid to future doctors, nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants, and public health professionals.

Buildings and curricula are highly visible outpourings of an institution's investment in education, but the WHSC also continued to put money where it would help attract and support the best, brightest, and most compassionate students to become tomorrow's health professionals—no matter what their financial status. The WHSC invested almost $14 million—more than one-fourth of tuition revenue—to provide financial aid.