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Health Sciences Labyrinth

Any tips or tricks for finding my way around the gigantic Health Services/Medical building? It’s been the hardest part of school so far. — Anonymous

Ha! Yes, the Health Sciences Building is infamous for swallowing up unsuspecting students. A couple of tips are to stick to the third floor to navigate horizontally until you get close, and then to navigate vertically. If all else fails, sometimes it’s easier to just go outside and orient yourself and come back in through a different entrance.

The Guru also reached out to Lucas Calderón, the building services supervisor. He said, “You are indeed correct that the Health Sciences Building (HSB) can be a bit of a maze. Here are a few suggestions that I think would help students who are not familiar with our building:

  • HSB is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed weekends and holidays)
  • Many of the School of Medicine classrooms are located on the 5th floor of T-Wing (one floor up from the 4th floor T-Wing overpass entrance)
  • The Health Sciences Lobby enters into C-Wing
  • Floors 3, 4 and 5 provide access to all wings in HSB, as well as the UW Medical Center
  • HSB is accessible from the interior to the UW Medical Center between 6 .m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday (not accessible weekends and holidays)
  • The Health Sciences Library has two T-Wing entrances (one each on the 2nd and 3rd floor)
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