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What’s next for WSU’s medical school in Spokane?

Now that Governor Inslee has approved the state’s operating budget – which included $2.5 million to start a WSU medical school in Spokane – what do we do now?

Glad you asked. The above video features Dr. Ken Roberts, the Acting Dean of the WSU College of Medical Sciences, discussing the next steps in our medical school pursuit.

Among the important steps are applying for preliminary accreditation.

Note: The video was filmed prior to the approval of the state’s operating budget.

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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A WSU Medical School: What We Envision

WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane Campus

The following was written by Dr. George Novan, FACP, Associate Dean, WSU College of Medical Sciences, for the April issue of The Message, a publication printed monthly by the Spokane County Medical Society (SCMS). It is republished here with permission from both Dr. Novan and the SCMS.

It’s not often a person has a chance to be part of starting a new medical school. We at Washington State University have been picturing what we want to create with a new WSU College of Medicine.

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Committee Set to Find WSU Medical School Founding Dean

WSU medical school

WSU leaders provided an update on where the university is at in its pursuit of a medical school in Spokane today, releasing the names of those on the Founding Dean Search Committee.

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WSU Spokane Magazine: Cougs Celebrate Medical School Approval

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

WSU Medical School Bill Signing

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Doug Nadvornick

Bill signing ceremonies conducted by governors are often joyous occasions that formalize legislative achievements. But rarely do they lead to spontaneous pep rallies, as happened on April 1.

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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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House Budget Proposal Provides Money for WSU Medical School in Spokane

Washington State Capitol

Washington State Capitol

House Democrats in the Washington Legislature released their budget proposal today, and it includes $8 million allocated to starting a WSU medical school on the WSU Spokane campus.

This is a good step forward in creating a WSU medical school to meet the needs of prospective students who want to go to medical school in Washington, and the rural and underserved areas.

It is just the first step in the budget process, and Republicans in the Senate are expected to release their budget proposal in the coming days. Then, the two sides will begin negotiations with the hope of finalizing a budget by April 26, the scheduled end of the legislative session. There is always, however, the possibility the legislature goes into a special session beyond April 26.

Stay tuned!