Dr. Kate Kuhlman-Wood is an orthopedic surgeon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and a former nurse. She recently sat down with us to talk about her support for a WSU medical school.

Dr. Kuhlman-Wood grew up in a rural area and was not able to get into the University of Washington School of Medicine for medical school due to the limited number of available spots. She ended up studying medicine in Tennessee and eventually became an orthopedic surgeon.

The impact of a medical school on the surrounding community is something Dr. Kuhlman-Wood greatly understands.

“It will bring highly educated people to the region that will bring new blood in for the medical school,” she says in the video. “Then there’s all the service that comes off of that. There are people that can have living wage jobs for building maintenance, construction, it just goes on and on and on from there.”

Dr. Kuhlman-Wood also says the area won’t have trouble attracting students for the medical school.

“In Spokane and North Idaho and Coeur d’Alene, we have so much to offer, and we need to be proud of that, and we need to build it up,” she says.

Watch the longer version of her video: