Looming over New York City's Upper East Side and Central Park is the new Annenberg tower of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. The building is the largest single structure in the world combining hospital and community health service, and medical school and research facilities. The thirty-one story, $152 million (privately raised) building opened in May, 1974. 45% of the structure, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, contains hospital facilities providing health care for 165,000 residents of East Harlem. The rest of the building is occupied by the six-year-old School of Medicine, which transforms the 122-year-old Mt. Sinai from a teaching hospital into a complete medical center. The school has affiliated wit City University of New York, and includes a Graduate School of Biological Science. The medical school currently has 224 enrolled students, with 65 in the first-year class; this number will rise to 100. The photogrpahic essay which follows describes some of the learning facilities on one of the two floors for first and second-year students, which include 128 individual work-study units, laboratory equipment, and advanced audio-visual teaching equipment for each class. The essay was written by Dr. Edra L. Spilman, associate dean and professor of medical eduation at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
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