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Spokane welcomes new doctors

Two new medical residents reach for journals provided by Providence Health Care on their first official day as doctors.

Two new medical residents reach for journals provided for them at an orientation session this morning at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center.

“Welcome to your first official day as doctors.”

That’s how Providence Health Care Eastern Washington Regional CEO Elaine Couture greeted a roomful of medical residents at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane this morning.

It’s orientation day for these new physicians, most of whom who recently received their MDs or DOs. This is the start of … » More …

College of Medicine hires new faculty

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The WSU College of Medicine – has hired more than 40 clinicians and basic scientists to build the faculty necessary to support the operation of WSU’s new medical school. These faculty will develop and implement curriculum for the MD degree program, as well as do research and clinical work.

Most of the new faculty members are Spokane-based physicians who are helping develop the clinical content of the courses medical students will take during their first two years. Each course is taught by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and scientists. When the … » More …

SHS students seek donations for wildfire relief

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Life isn’t much fun when you’re sitting on a cot in a high school gym while a wildfire threatens your home. That’s why Speech and Hearing Sciences students have begun collecting books and toys to send to children displaced by fire in northeast and north central Washington. You can drop donations off at boxes in the SAC lobby and on the main floor of the Health Sciences Building.

The students are members of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and this is one of many outreach projects … » More …

Third founding dean finalist visits Spokane

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The last finalist candidate for founding dean of the new WSU College of Medicine has visited the Spokane campus.

Dr. John Tomkowiak (right, pictured above with Bill Savitz of Ignite Northwest) is the dean of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is also the president of the university’s health system and the executive vice president for clinical affairs. Tomkowiak is also a professor and acting chair of the school’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences program.

It is his second stint at Chicago Medical School. He … » More …

Research grants go to two WSU Spokane faculty

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Four WSU researchers, including two from Spokane, have received grants for their next-generation DNA sequencing projects through the Genomics Core laboratory at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. The Genomics Core lab is one of several basic labs on campus that are available to faculty and to scientists from around the community. The lab, in collaboration with Illumina, Inc., provides sequencing-related services.

Medical Sciences associate professor Weihang Chai will use her grant to identify fragile sites in the human genome. Dr. Chai studies telomeres, strands of DNA at the tips … » More …

Floyd remembered in Pullman, Michigan, Missouri

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The late WSU President Elson S. Floyd was lovingly remembered during a ceremony at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman on Wednesday, August 26. You can read more about it here. It was a moving and wonderful tribute to the man who led WSU from 2007 until his death in June. The on-campus memorial was pushed back to late August so students and faculty could attend after their return for fall semester.

President Floyd’s legacy in Spokane will be long lasting. He sharpened the focus of WSU Spokane on the health … » More …