The need to create a medical school in Spokane is abundantly clear.
Most Washingtonians can’t easily access basic healthcare services. There simply are not enough primary care doctors to meet the demand. As the state’s population ages, primary care providers retire in increasing numbers, and as federal healthcare reforms take effect, the problem will only worsen.
Compounding the challenge, our state is not meeting the demand from in-state students seeking a medical degree. Washington currently ranks last in the nation in medical education seats per capita. Hundreds of highly qualified students from Washington are turned away from existing in-state medical education programs every year.
Washington State University is responding to these needs by exploring establishment of the state’s second fully accredited, publicly funded medical school. Educating more doctors and advancing the health of our citizens is another example of WSU’s commitment to creating a better world through our teaching, research, and outreach—a mission to which we’ve been dedicated for nearly 125 years.