WSU College of Medicine Acting Dean Ken Roberts speaks at the first of the four WSU College of Medicine self study sessions.

The accreditation process for the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is moving to the next phase.

College staff and administrators are finishing the first draft of the massive document they must submit to the accrediting agency (the Liaison Committee on Medical Education). That document addresses questions such as future funding and spending for the medical school, the curriculum that will be taught to students and the infrastructure in place to support them.

The next step is submitting that document to community scrutiny in the four cities where the university will assign medical students for clinical training (Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Everett).

Last night, that process began as the college invited about 70 community leaders to the WSU Spokane campus for what was termed as a “self study” session. Acting Dean Ken Roberts (shown above) explained the accreditation process to the attendees, who were grouped according to their professional expertise. Those in attendance were given copies of the college’s draft accreditation document and asked to review it over the next few weeks and send back their comments and suggestions.

The next self study meeting will be held tonight in Richland. Similar meetings will be held next week in Vancouver and Everett.