UBC MedIT Faculty of Medicine at St. Paul's Hospital

Applied Electronics and UBC MedIT Enables Interactive Learning Experiences for Faculty of Medicine Students at St Paul’s Hospital


The University of British Columbia (UBC) is home to the only Faculty of Medicine in British Columbia. UBC provides innovative educational and research programs in the areas of health and life sciences through an integrated and province-wide delivery model.

MedIT provides the UBC Faculty of Medicine with IT services in support of medical  education, research, and administration. From videoconferencing to e-learning to desktop support, MedIT services are available throughout the province wherever its programs are found. UBC MedIT partners with learners, educators, researchers and administrators, and it strives for excellent customer interactions with all faculty, staff and learners across the Faculty of Medicine. It works in strategic partnership with the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia and the six health authorities.

UBC MedIT contracted Applied Electronics in 2019 to upgrade the audio visual systems in an large auditorium, two lecture theatres, and two small meeting rooms at the St Paul’s Hospital located in Vancouver.

Applied Electronics conducted all cables runs, upgraded the projection system, and integrated new digital signal processing, cameras and video switching equipment into the educational facility to enhance the learning experience. Applied Electronics also performed all Crestron programming, testing and commissioning of the AV systems, and completed the project on time and on budget.

The Hurlburt Auditorium received a major refresh of the video and cotnrol system. Applied Electronics integrated two massive 130” Da-Lite Cineman Contour HDTV projection screens into the large space, complimented by two Sony 5,100 lumens WUXGA laser projectors, two Panasonic HD PTZ cameras, and a Cisco codec. The audio system includes wireless mic receivers and Listen Technologies speakers tied into a Biamp TesiraFORTÉ AVB VT digital audio server with acoustic echo cancellation. A Crestron 16x16 DigitalMedia matrix switcher, offering ultra-fast digital video and audio switching and lossless HD multiroom signal distribution for all types of AV sources, manages all of the video signal routing.

To provision impacful learning opportunities for UBC medical students, Applied Electronics refreshed the 185-seat and 68-seat lecture theatres with new audio and video systems boasting a Panasonic full HD PTZ camera, Audio-Technica lectern microphones, Sharp 43” confidence monitor displays, Biamp Tesira integrated, networked AV processing and distribution platforms for fixed audio DSP, Extron FOXBOX fiber optic transmitters and receivers, and 62 & 37 upgraded microphones for each lecture theatre, respectively.

One small meeting room is equipped with two Sharp 70” 4K LED display monitors, while the other small meeting room offers two Sharp 49” LCD monitors, and tied into Crestron DM Lite HD scaling auto-switchers.

All of the upgraded audio visual systems, which are all automated and controlled by a Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system via Crestron HD touch screens in each space, facilitate increased engagement and interactivity amongst students and teaching physicians. It enables medical students and residents to direct questions to instructors located remotely within the hosiptal, perhaps from an operating room, or externally from another medical facility.



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