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Medical school accreditation a great day in WSU’s history

WSU Medical School

WSU Medical School

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Dean John Tomkowiak, center, celebrates with Sen. Michael Baumgartner (left) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (right)

(This story appears in the latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine)

By Doug Nadvornick

In the short history of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, there have been several momentous events.

The most important and the one that prompted high fives and whoops and hollers heard all the way across the state was the October 19 decision by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME – the allopathic medical school accrediting agency in the U.S. and Canada – to grant preliminary accreditation to the college so that it may accept medical students.

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Q&A with new Diversity Center Coordinator, Dion Crommarty

Dion Crommarty

Dion CrommartyAt the request of the student body, WSU Spokane has created a new Student Diversity Center.

Dion Crommarty (pictured) was recently hired as the Diversity Center Coordinator. Crommarty has experience in higher education at Bloomsburg University, Penn State University, the University of Alaska-Anchorage and the University of Montana.

We sat down with Crommarty to learn about his path to WSU Spokane and his vision for the Diversity Center.

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Robbie Paul to receive YWCA Women of Achievement award

Robbie Paul

Robbie PaulRobbie Paul, the Director of WSU Spokane’s Native American Health Sciences Institute, will be honored in October with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award.

Paul, an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, is one of seven honorees.

Paul has been instrumental in showcasing the health sciences programs offered through WSU to Native American populations.

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A potpourri of WSU Spokane news and notes

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The fall semester begins in 20 days here at WSU Spokane.

We felt it was a good time to review some recent news headlines concerning our campus, including a new clinic, recognition for our vice chancellor, a visit from the Air National Guard and more.

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TEAM Conference focuses on Trauma-Informed Care

TEAM Conference WSU Spokane

TEAM Conference WSU Spokane

For the second year in a row, our campus hosted the TEAM Conference for first responders and mental health professionals.

The conference – put on through a collaboration among WSU Spokane, the Spokane Police and Fire departments, and Frontier Behavior Health – explored Trauma-Informed Care, and focused on response, resiliency and recovery.

The goal was for those from all of the professions present to understand how to deal with trauma, and some of the reasons why our bodies react to certain traumatic situations.

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Meet Jim Mohr, WSU Spokane’s new student affairs leader

Jim Mohr

Jim MohrWSU Spokane recently hired Jim Mohr as its vice chancellor of student affairs. Mohr began in this role on July 1.

He was most recently the dean of student development at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash. Before that, he was the director of student success at the Community Colleges of Spokane. Mohr holds a Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University. We sat down with Mohr to talk about his return to Spokane, his role on campus, his favorite TV show and more.

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Na-ha-shnee introduces Native American high school students to health sciences programs

WSU Spokane Na-ha-shnee

WSU Spokane Na-ha-shnee

“That was awesome. That was so much fun.”

Those words came from a high school student immediately after her group finished their session with Sim Man, the mannequin used by the College of Nursing in its simulation lab.

She is one of 20 Native American high school students on campus through June 30 for the 21st Annual Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute.

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