The University of Virginia School of Medicine has received a $12.5 million challenge gift from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation in Fairfax, Virginia, to help fund the construction of a new medical education building.
The gift is contingent upon the university raising matching funds to build the $25 million facility, which will have a total of eighty-five thousand square feet of space, specialized multimedia classrooms, and video-equipped exam rooms that allow students to review their interactions with patients. In addition to the challenge gift, the foundation has provided $180,000 to purchase patient simulators and provide specialized training on their use.
Established in 1987, the foundation continues the philanthropy of the late Dr. Claude Moore, a longtime radiologist in Washington, D.C., and a 1916 graduate of the University of Virginia medical school. He previously gave $300,000 to the university for its health sciences library, which bears his name, and the school has established a professorship in his memory.
"The Claude Moore Foundation's magnificent gift will create a learning environment that supports the most advanced, 21st-century medical training available for future physicians," said Arthur Garson Jr., vice president and dean of the medical school. "This building and the programs it houses will truly be models for the U.S. Now, more than ever, we are relying on private philanthropy to help finance large capital projects. This gift sets a wonderful example."