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.
MEDICAL SCIENCES NEWS
NEW: The Washington state Senate Ways and Means Committee has voted to change state law to allow WSU to create its own medical school. The bills now move closer to consideration by the full House and Senate.
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.