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Governor Jay Inslee Celebrates WSU Medical School in Spokane

Jay Inslee with WSU Students

Jay Inslee with WSU Students

Governor Jay Inslee visited campus yesterday for an afternoon celebration of the start of WSU’s new medical school to be located in Spokane.

“We are all Cougs today,” he said shortly after taking the stage in front of a crowd of about 200.

Inslee signed legislation this week allowing WSU to operate a medical school. As the legislature continues its budget negotiations, we should soon learn the amount of funding WSU will receive. Both budget proposals have included money for WSU’s new medical school.

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Governor Jay Inslee Signs WSU Medical School Bill – What’s Next?

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation today that allows WSU to operate a medical school in Spokane. This is a great day for WSU, Spokane and the entire state. As the Governor was signing, the audience around him broke out into a nice rendition of the WSU fight song – a fitting way to celebrate.

The legislation – officially House Bill 1559 – changes a 1917 law that restricted medical education solely to the University of Washington.

It’s been a long road to this point. So what comes next?

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High School Students Explore the Health Sciences

GSI Health Care Week WSU Spokane

GSI Health Care Week WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane is a sponsor and host for Health Care Week, which is part of the Business After School program put on by Greater Spokane Incorporated.

More than 70 area high school students from multiple school districts visited our campus today to learn about the health sciences programs we offer.

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Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

Match Day for medical students is the day they find our where they will be conducting their residency training.

Medical residencies are the trainings students get after four years of medical school. Residencies can be any number of years long, depending on the student’s specialty.

WWAMI medical students on the WSU Spokane campus found out today where life moves next.

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Teaming Up With Our Neighbors to Help The Less Fortunate

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University

Our academic programs tout teamwork and an inter-professional approach to health care.

So it’s no wonder we’d want to walk the talk. We have a terrific track record of working with community organizations, and we continue to do so with Gonzaga University, The Center for Justice, Empire Health Foundation and Providence Health Care.

This team – which we are proud to be part of – is working to bring health and legal services to low-income families.

Studies show those in lower income environments are more prone to poor health because they don’t have access to the care they need. They also may lack access to the legal services that may be needed.

Law students and medical residents will use teamwork to pinpoint those that need health and legal services and address them.

Teamwork produces great results. There’s no need for us or Gonzaga to build a wall on our sides of the Spokane River. It’s better for the community for us to build bridges and become a team. This is exactly what we’re doing with this new medical-legal partnership

The University District Health Clinic is on the Horizon

University District Health Clinic

University District Health Clinic

Last week, the WSU Board of Regents met in Spokane and among the items it took action on was the approval of the design of the University District Health Clinic, which will be built on our campus. The clinic is part of the Spokane Teaching Health Center, a consortium of WSU Spokane, Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation.

The clinic will be a teaching site for medical residents.

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