LSU opens medical education center in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU medical students training in Baton Rouge have a new, high-tech education site that university officials say will help expand graduate medical education in the city.

The new LSU Health Medical Education and Innovation Center is housed on the campus of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, which took over as the main site for LSU's medical training programs in Baton Rouge when the university's hospital was closed in April.

A ribbon cutting for the new facility was held Monday, with both Gov. Bobby Jindal and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne touting the center as the future of LSU's physician training.

The four-story building includes simulation rooms that allow students to practice surgery and other medical procedures on high-tech mannequins. Operating room procedures can be streamed live into classrooms.

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