Paging Doogie Howser | National Apartment Association

Paging Doogie Howser

I know a lot about doctors. 

For example, I know that they really struggle to maintain a work-life balance. When Dr. Grey and Dr. McDreamy had their baby, Meredith took a step back from her surgeries to focus on their daughter. That of course then caused tension between her and Dr. Yang, who accused Meredith of being a better mother than doctor. Of course Dr. Yang was still kind of bitter after her break-up with Hunt, and her anger was misdirected at her BFF for life.

Apologies—I’ve just been informed “Grey’s Anatomy” isn’t real.

But I do know this for sure—in order to become a doctor, medical students need a lot of quiet time to study. I knew this one up-and-comer, Dr. Doogie Howser. He used to always complain about getting a little quiet time, but his best friend Vinnie kept climbing through his bedroom window and bothering him about girls and school and stuff. He barely had any time to reflect on his professional goals via 1989 blog posts.

Mmm-kay. Was just told “Doogie Howser, M.D.” is also fictitious. That’s a hard pill to swallow.

I guess I don’t know that much about the medical field after all. Fortunately, Corvias Campus Living does.

The company recently partnered with the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) to design and manage a student housing community catered to medical students. Think less dorm, more home.

“From the very first design meeting through the planning and construction process, the medical student experience was always central in the decision making process,” says Kurt Ehlers, Managing Director of Corvias Campus Living.

Ehlers says the company continually discussed ACOM’s student population with the college as it was forming its inaugural class of medical students. Corvias began interacting directly with these students. Employees also began binge watching “ER.”

As a result of its partnership with ACOM, Corvias was able to include infrastructure specifically compatible with the ACOM intranet. Ehlers says students living in Summerfield Square have unlimited access to school resources that may otherwise only have been available to students in the library or in an academic building.

But it isn’t all work and no play. Doogie could have told you that much.

Summerfield Square includes a variety of study spaces, as well as social and recreational areas that allow students to unwind after carrying the heavy academic workload of a medical degree while in the comforts of their own community. Amenities include an open, communal kitchen to encourage social interaction and a “flex room” that allows for small studying groups, fitness classes, a meditation area or a playroom for families with children. Ehlers says residents are able to create the space that fits their particular needs.

We’ve come such a long way from those rustic abodes in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”

For more, check out “House M.D.” in the February issue of units Magazine, which mails Feb. 8.