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Great expectations

Highway Sign

Highway Sign

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

By Doug Nadvornick

When Elson Floyd envisioned a Washington State University medical school, he had big dreams.

He spoke about training more doctors in Washington to alleviate the state’s physician shortage and about using WSU’s stature as the state’s land-grant university to extend the new school’s influence into every county.

Nearly a year after his passing as the new school that now bears Floyd’s name is in the process of being created, the expectations are high. Prospective students are contacting the school to find out when they can apply. Several of Washington’s health care providers have signed agreements to teach WSU medical students in clinical rotations. And Founding Dean John Tomkowiak, M.D., is leading the effort to give the state’s newest publicly-funded medical school its own unique identity.

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Elson S. Floyd honored with Citizen Hall of Fame award

Elson Floyd

Elson Floyd

The City of Spokane and the Spokane Public Library Foundation today honored former WSU president Elson S. Floyd with first ever Spokane Citizen Impact Award. Going forward, the award will be named the Elson S. Floyd Impact Award and will be given each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the region that may fall outside the scope of the Hall of Fame.

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WSU’s late president leaves big legacy in Spokane

Elson Floyd WSU Spokane

Elson Floyd WSU Spokane

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

By Lorraine Nelson

The late Elson S. Floyd was a frequent visitor to Spokane during the last year of his life.

He had this notion that Washington State University could start a medical school, and it wasn’t long before he persuaded others that WSU really was perfectly capable of doing such a thing, and furthermore, that it was WSU’s mission as the state’s land grant university to do so.

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Being thankful at WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane Students

WSU Spokane Students

Shameless cliché alert!

It’s the time of year where everybody makes a list of what they’re thankful for, and we’re not afraid to do the same (we will also post a “Year in Review” blog next month. You’ve been warned).

Time has an article on why being thankful is good for your health*. So being a health sciences campus, we figured we’d walk the talk and share what we are thankful for.

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Donations coming to medical education fund

Ed Schweitzer

Ed Schweitzer

L-R: WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown, Ed Schweitzer, Beatriz Schweitzer

The Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund was created to honor our late president and recognize his work to bring a medical school to WSU and Spokane.

Last week, the fund got a major boost when Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) in Pullman donated $100,000 to the fund. Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, the founder and president of SEL, then matched that donation on behalf of his family.

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We did it: WSU medical school funding approved

WSU Spokane campus

WSU Spokane campus

Just in time before the end of the state’s fiscal year, the Washington Legislature approved a state operating budget that includes funding to start a WSU medical school in Spokane.

We asked for and received $2.5 million in funding to start our community-based medical school, headquartered on our health sciences campus here in Spokane.

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WSU Remembers President Elson S. Floyd

Elson Floyd

President Elson S. Floyd, March 1, 1956 – June 20, 2015

Elson Floyd’s fingerprints are all over our campus.

The WSU president saw the opportunity that WSU had in Spokane – a large medical sector, a beautiful University District – and designated WSU Spokane as the University’s health sciences campus.

This spring, Floyd helped convince lawmakers from both sides of the state to allow WSU to operate its own medical school. The impacts of that work will live on for many years to come as the WSU medical school grows.

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