WSU Chancellor's Checkup: The Vital Signs of WSU Spokane

Friday, November 9, 2018



November 9, 2018


Greetings Friends of WSU Spokane!


It seems like just yesterday the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine was launching. Now, acceptance offers for the class of 2023 - the third cohort of medical students - have already started to go out and will continue to go out into 2019. Time sure does fly when you're building the state's next great medical school.


I'm happy to say the college is continuing to impress and we're forever grateful for the investments made by the state, the university and our financial supporters these past three years. The college now boasts 120 total students, each with a unique story from different areas across the state. Its research grants totaled $23 million in FY18, and it has partnered with 72 different health care providers in the state to offer clinical education for students in years three and four.


As the college grows, so too does the need for state support. This upcoming legislative session, Washington State University and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will be asking the state for $14.4 million in continued operating funds so the college can deliver on its mission. One would only have to look at the other two colleges in Spokane - Nursing and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - to see how investing in health sciences education is good for our region and state. Nursing and Pharmacy each produce a big portion of our state's health care workforce, and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will soon do so too.


Washington State University is committed to excellent health care for rural populations. All three colleges at WSU Spokane have a track record of serving rural communities across Washington. Ongoing investment in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will continue that work.


Go Cougs!




Chancellor Daryll DeWald, Ph.D.