WSU Spokane Chancellor Dr. Daryll DeWald hosted his first Chancellor’s Update to provide information on what’s happening at WSU Health Sciences Spokane.
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Hi, I’m Chancellor Daryll DeWald and this is my Chancellor’s update.
In my first months as Chancellor of Washington State University Health Sciences campus here in Spokane I’ve been reminded of the impact this campus has on health care.
My role is to assist in escalating our efforts in health sciences education and research so that we can continue improving lives through a better understanding of human health while also achieving national prominence.
The Spokane campus is home to Washington State University’s colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, and each is distinguished in its field.
The College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest colleges at WSU. Having been founded in 1891 it is currently ranked 33rd out of all the pharmacy schools across the country in terms of the grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. The college relocated from the Pullman campus to the Spokane campus in December of 2013 and it has been heavily involved in the Spokane healthcare community since the 1970s through internships, experiential rotations and pharmacy residency programs.
These opportunities are critical to expanding the role of pharmacists who now do so much more than just disperse medications.
The College of Nursing was named a center of excellence in 2017 by the National League for nursing, one of just 15 universities and health care centers to receive this honor.
Among many other unique programs the College of Nursing offers an RN to BSN program for working professionals to earn their bachelor’s degree.
The College of Nursing is the largest producer of BSN nurses in the state and is ranked 23rd in research funding from the National Institutes of Health among more than 800 colleges and universities that offer accredited baccalaureate degrees in nursing.
Our newest college on campus is the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine where Washington State University’s first class of future doctors started their studies in August of 2017.
It is the only public community-based medical school in the upper northwest part of the country.
Community-based education gives students the opportunity to spend the last two years of their four-year medical degree program in the communities near WSU campus locations including Spokane.
It also allows them to train in a variety of hospitals and healthcare settings in rural and underserved areas where they are needed the most.
I’m especially proud that our growing number of research scientists continues to be successful in attracting grants and contracts to support their world-class work and that we are doing research into important health problems such as cancer, chronic diseases, and addictions.
I’m also impressed with how WSU Spokane takes that research a step further. We have several programs to support entrepreneurs who want to commercialize their research for the benefit of society as well as Spokane’s and the state’s economy.
It’s a privilege to educate future healthcare providers and researchers who will take their knowledge and passion into their professions and help improve life for all of us.
WSU has a goal of being a top 25 research university. I look forward to helping WSU Spokane be integral to WSU reaching its goal to do so.
The University will need public and private opportunities and partnerships. Part of my job is finding and developing those opportunities for all of us. I look forward to meeting with many of you to reach that goal.
Thank you for joining us for this Chancellor’s update.