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Welcome new regional dean
Dr. Darryl Potyk is the University of Washington School of Medicine's new assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane. Potyk has been working as the assistant director at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane; he will continue in that role part-time.
He replaces longtime Spokane physician Dr. Deb Harper, who continues to work with medical students in clinical settings.
Potyk joins fellow assistant dean Dr. John McCarthy at WSU Spokane in developing and maintaining relationships with eastern and central Washington clinics and hospitals where medical students learn and practice their skills. McCarthy says Potyk is responsible for the third- and fourth-year medical students within the Spokane area. They work exclusively in clinical settings. He will work closely with the “TRACK” students (those who spend most or all of their year in Spokane) as well as with the students who rotate in and out of town for selected clerkships.
Second-year pilot program under way
WSU Spokane is teaching its first class of second-year medical students in the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) program. They are the first second-year students to study in Spokane as part of a two-year pilot project that will test a new small-group, case-based curriculum. Fifteen of the 19 started their medical education in Spokane and chose to stay, rather than go back to Seattle for the traditional second-year program. Two join us from the Pullman WWAMI program, two from Montana.
The second-year curriculum in Spokane offers the same courses as in Seattle, but are taught in a small group format. The courses are led by practicing clinicians that we call clinical guides. The guides teach in small groups using case studies and active learning modalities.
About Medical Sciences
The Medical Sciences faculty are engaged in teaching graduate students, post doctoral faculty and medical students, and in biomedical research in a number of different fields including neuroscience, molecular biology, biochemical genetics and more. The Medical Sciences has a microscopy core facility for use by campus and community researchers, and is home to the nationally recognized Sleep and Performance Research Center and to the WWAMI Medical Education program in Spokane. WWAMI is a partnership between WSU and the University of Washington School of Medicine that educates new physicians and offers a specialty education track for those interested in working in the rural and underserved areas.
MEDICAL SCIENCES NEWS
The Faculty Senate has unanimously voted to create the College of Medical Sciences, making our program one of three official 'colleges' on the Spokane health sciences campus. The proposal now goes to the Board of Regents for final approval.
WSU sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received an NIH grant to study chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep.
Medical Sciences’ first-year education program will grow in fall of 2014. Read more
Interested in donating your body for anatomical study by medical students? Please consider the Willed Body program.
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