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WSU Spokane supports off-campus partners

Lisa donating blood

Lisa donating blood

Chancellor Lisa Brown participates in campus blood drive. The Inland Northwest Blood Center visits the WSU Spokane campus quarterly.

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

By Heather Byrd

WSU Health Sciences Spokane believes community involvement is an integral part of how we give back to the community that surrounds and supports us.

As a result, WSU Spokane partners with a variety of non-profit and community-based organizations that are providing resources that benefit everyone in our region, including our students.

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Researchers evaluate new psychosis treatment for young people

Winning

Winning

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

By Terren Roloff

New research indicates that the earlier health care providers can identify and treat people with psychosis, the more likely they can help them be more successful in life.

Michael McDonell, Ph.D., says those with psychosis often hear or see things that aren’t real or have strongly held beliefs that aren’t based in reality.

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WSU Spokane research tackles drug delivery, sleep deprivation and genetics, fatigue in disaster response and more

Research Roundup

Research Roundup

Zhenjia Wang (left) talks to postdoctoral research associate Zhang Canyang at Wang’s research lab in the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building.

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

By Judith Van Dongen

Researchers at WSU Spokane are busy working to create healthier communities. Here’s a roundup of recent research news:

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Simulation prepares health care workforce, aids researchers

Simulation

Simulation

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

By Kevin Dudley

A nursing student talks to her patient. The patient coughs and says he is having chest pains. Soon, he’ll stop breathing and the student will start CPR.

Pharmacy students are providing a patient with his medications at the pharmacy when he suddenly becomes agitated. After discovering he is experiencing low blood sugar levels, the students give him something to help.

A Spokane police officer lays his hand on the gun in his holster. He’s commanding an individual to show his hands and to settle down. The individual then pulls out a gun of his own.

A truck driver is driving on just four hours of sleep. He’s driving in a forested area at high speeds. His truck is deviating from its lane, creating a dangerous situation for him and others on the road.

These scenes are from various simulation programs on campus and are used for clinical instruction, research or both.

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College of Pharmacy celebrates 125 years as one of WSU’s original areas of study

WSU College of Pharmacy

WSU College of Pharmacy

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

By Lori Maricle

In the fall of 1932, WSU transitioned to a four-year course of study for pharmacy, from a two-year program.

One hundred-year-old Geraldine (Jeri) Kerr, B. Pharm., of Newport was part of the first graduating class of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree four years later.

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WSU Innovation Center serves as startup incubator

WSU Innovation Center

WSU Innovation Center

Iasis Molecular Sciences employees Dana Walters (background) and Scott Nordahl work in the WSU Innovation Center.

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

By Kevin Dudley

On the southwest side of the WSU Spokane campus sits the WSU Innovation Center in a building owned by Ignite Northwest, a local business accelerator.

WSU Spokane is the primary tenant and has been sub-leasing space to local startups since the beginning of the year in an effort to grow the entrepreneurship community.

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Student leaders focused on interprofessional activities

WSU Spokane student government

WSU Spokane student government

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

By Lorraine Nelson

This year’s student government president is all about bringing together students from the different health sciences disciplines.

Doing so allows them to get to know each other and ultimately understand each other’s roles better when they all get out of school and start taking care of patients.

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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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