Leadership opportunities are built into the doctor of pharmacy program at WSU Spokane, some on campus in one of many pharmacy organizations, and others in the national arena where faculty have roles and contacts.
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.
Ashley Ormsby, RN, BSN, ’13, (pictured above)a Spokane native, was eager to begin her first job at Harborview Medical Center, a level one trauma facility serving Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.
“I was prepared to face some difficult traumas and patients in the operating room; poly traumas, brain bleeds, full body burns,” she said.After completing a six-month nursing residency, she was ready to join her colleagues on the floor.