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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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WSU College of Medicine dean John Tomkowiak visits KHQ’s Invest Northwest

John Tomkowiak WSU medical school

John Tomkowiak WSU medical school

John Tomkowiak, the dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visited KHQ’s Invest Northwest program on March 6 to talk about WSU’s medical school pursuit.

Tomkowiak talks about why he was a good fit to be the inaugural dean, what advantages WSU Spokane already has when it comes to forming a medical school, how WSU’s medical school can compliment the UW-GU medical school, and more.

You can view the interview here.

Pursuing innovation for WSU’s medical school

John Tomkowiak WSU medical school

John Tomkowiak WSU medical school

John Tomkowiak, M.D., dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

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

By Doug Nadvornick

Even after the death of its namesake, the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is operating on “Elson Time.”

The pace has been brisk since the first public pronouncement in mid-2014 that WSU would be pursuing its own medical school. Now, with the first class anticipated to begin less than two years from now, the development process has accelerated.

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WSU College of Medicine dean search nearing its conclusion

WSU Spokane medical school

WSU Spokane medical school

Before we can apply for medical school accreditation, and before we can begin recruiting medical students, we must hire a dean for the soon-to-be-named WSU College of Medicine.

In May, we announced the search committee tasked with finding the first dean of the WSU College of Medicine.

That committee’s work should be complete within the next few weeks.

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WSU medical school will help Eastern Washington’s economy

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

A WSU medical school in Spokane will allow for more of our state’s students to access medical education. It will also grow the amount of physicians practicing in our region.

But you’ve read that already.

Another benefit that comes from a second public medical school is its impact on the area economy.

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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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