Marshall B. Ketchum University’s newest interprofessional health care center.

MBKU is the first health care university in Southern California to bring three primary care disciplines together to learn and work collaboratively to provide effective patient care. Under the leadership of the century-old optometric college — the Southern California College of Optometry — and together with MBKU’s College of Health Sciences and the planned College of Pharmacy, MBKU’s optometry students will be able to connect first-hand in an interprofessional environment with PA students (the first class was admitted in Fall 2014) as well as pharmacy students (inaugural class to be admitted as early as Fall 2016).

Interprofessional collaboration is the future of health care, and MBKU is excited to be leading the way with a new 80,000-square-foot clinical center as well as renovated didactic center on campus. Known as Ketchum Health, the new clinical center will deliver expanded, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment facilities to Anaheim, California, and the surrounding communities, including specialty eye care, primary health care for families and pharmacy services. Ketchum Health promises to expand on the exceptional clinical experience offered at MBKU and to provide the patients of Ketchum Health with a strategically integrated, comprehensive, team approach to care.

The renovated didactic learning center on the MBKU campus in Fullerton, California, just seven miles from Ketchum Health, will be known as the Health Professions Building. It will provide modified classroom, laboratory, exam room and learning space for all three disciplines to complement the Richard L. Hopping Academic Center and lecture hall. The campus expansion will include the addition of a simulation center, complete with high-fidelity mannequins and case-specific technology to offer realistic health care simulation experiences for student learning and confidence building in a safe and effective teaching environment.

Ketchum University couldn’t be more excited to head off on this bold new adventure.

The future of health care depends on successful interprofessional medical education. As a leader in the effort, MBKU is creating the best clinical and educational environment to prepare tomorrow’s health care leaders.

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