Washington Governor Jay Inslee signs into law the bill that allows WSU to create its own medical school. The bill changes a 1917 law and allows WSU to offer medical education and forestry.
WSU College of Medical Sciences faculty (such as Weimin Li, pictured above) 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 lab has a microscopy core facility for use by campus and community researchers, and is home to the nationally recognized Sleep and Performance Research Center, the WWAMI Medical Education program in Spokane and WSU's Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. 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.
Acting dean Ken Roberts was a recent guest on the cable TV program "WSU Health Sciences," where he talked about medical education in Spokane and WSU's decision to pursue a new medical school.
WSU is a partner in the Spokane Teaching Health Center consortium.
The consortium, including partners Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation, has secured federal money to create six new medical residencies in Spokane. Spokane's Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Transitional Year and new Psychiatry residencies will move to WSU's downtown Spokane campus in 2016 when the new University District Health Clinic will open.
Read the latest news about WSU's medical school proposal.
MEDICAL SCIENCES NEWS
Washington State University has been given the statutory authority to create its own medical school. President Elson Floyd says the move gives the new WSU College of Medicine a chance to serve the state and fulfill the university's land grant mission.
Coeur d'Alene, ID orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kate Kuhlman-Wood expresses her support for a WSU medical school. Click here to see a larger picture.
Retired Spokane physician Dr. Tom Laselle and his son, Dr. Brooks Laselle, talk about the need for a WSU medical school. Click here to see a larger picture.