Permission given to pursue a new WSU medical school

The WSU Board of Regents has voted to allow the university to pursue a fully-accredited medical school. The vote was unanimous and several Regents praised the university’s consultant, MGT of America, for the feasibility report it presented yesterday. That report laid out the challenges and costs of creating a medical school and the steps the university would have to take.

The report said, that at this stage, WSU is ahead of other universities that recently began planning or operating medical schools. He cited the brand new facilities on the Spokane campus and WSU’s long history teaching students in the WWAMI program. He implied that if WSU was to begin seeking accreditation for a new medical school today that it would already have much of the groundwork done.

In their remarks before the vote, several regents talked about the clear need to train more doctors to work in Washington. At least one regent expressed surprise that the projected cost of building and running the school (about $47 million per year) is much less than she had expected it would be. The student representative on the board said several friends of his told them they had to leave the state in order to go to medical school.

You can read the full report and the executive summary. 

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