Photo of new ESFCOM Vice Dean for Student and Faculty Experiences Dawn DeWitt, pictured outside on the campus of WSU Spokane.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s newest team member is now on the job. Dawn DeWitt, MD, will serve as Vice Dean for Student and Faculty Experience. She will oversee the development of a learner-centered experience for the students who will attend WSU’s medical school.

Dr. DeWitt has been active in medical education innovation and leadership for more than 20 years. Her work has taken her to three countries.

Most recently, she was an associate dean at the University of British Columbia. For nine years before that, she served in a variety of leadership roles while focused on rural medical and interprofessional training at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She has also worked in rural faculty development, among other things, at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. DeWitt comes to Spokane at a time when the ESFCOM is preparing for an important accreditation visit in June. That visit will help determine whether the college is allowed to begin admitting its first class of students for a fall 2017 start.

“It is beyond exciting to help create a new College of Medicine that will train doctors for Washington State,” DeWitt said.

“It’s also been great moving to Spokane. People here are incredibly friendly and helpful; but most importantly, the team here at the College has been welcoming and is already organized and moving ahead full steam,” she said. “I’m also really looking forward to doing some clinical work and teaching here in general medicine and diabetes at the new teaching clinic that is being built.”