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Diversity & Inclusion

Pathway Programs

The  WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has developed formal pathway programs to partner with and support high school and college students who have an interest in medicine. These formal programs have certain requirements for participation and are all based in Washington. Please click on the drop-down for each below for more information.

Columbia Basin Pathway

This pathway program is focused on serving populations who come from the Columbia Basin area of Washington State as well as other focused Eastern and Central Washington areas.

Dare to Dream – Health Sciences Academy

The first part of this pathway is through a partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Migrant Education Program (MEP) in a program called Dare to Dream. There are several Dare to Dream academies across Washington State, and WSU Health Sciences Spokane hosted a Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy.

From June 23, 2019 – June 29, 2019, we hosted 23 high achieving migrant high school student scholars through Dare to Dream. The Dare to Dream student scholars were children of migrant farm workers and qualified for the program for having to have moved within the past two years with parent(s)/guardian(s) seeking seasonal work. Student scholars received .5 (1 semester) of a science credit for successful completion of the curriculum. Throughout the week, student scholars engaged in migrant history and culture, case-based learning, and community building.


The Washington State University Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy focused on the following specific components:

  1. Enhancing academic skills in the areas of science and health.
  2. Providing opportunities to engage in experiences in the area of health science on a university campus.
  3. Conducting career exploration in the health industry.
  4. Learning about programs of study in the area health science.

We are excited to announce the second Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy has been scheduled for June 14-20, 2020.


2019 Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy
Please take a moment to watch the 2019 Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy video for a glimpse of the first Academy.


The Dare to Dream Health Science Academy is developed in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Title I Part C Migrant Education Program and the Association of Washington School Principals. Information regarding the overall Dare to Dream initiative can be found here.

Students of Medicine

This pathway program is focused on serving high school students who have an interest in medicine. The program utilizes online programming that is taught by an in-person teacher to help facilitate hands-on learning and experience related to medicine. The program ranges from one week to three weeks depending on site.

The Students of Medicine curriculum was created by Dr. Andres Jimenez (MD) and originated in the South Bronx, NY. Resources and guidance is provided to students who dream of becoming doctors and to teach medical basics. The program was developed to support disadvantaged students who dream of becoming doctors.

Spokane Valley Tech Pre-Med Summer Institute

The inaugural program for WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Students into Medicine began in the summer of 2018 at Spokane Valley Tech (SVT) in Spokane Valley, WA. Students who attend SVT receive exposure to a variety of career areas including health sciences. Rising high school juniors and seniors from SVT apply for selection into the program.

The Institute has developed beyond its inaugural year and now features program extensions, expanded online curriculum with social research and social determinants of health focused material, and a new designation as a high school for-credit course.

The second Students of Medicine Pre-Med Summer Institute was held at Spokane Valley Tech and Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane campus from Monday, June 17, to Tuesday, July 2, 2019. During  the 2019 Institute, we served 15 students from Spokane county who all received .5 (1 semester) of a health credit for successful completion of the Institute.

Students engaged health science hands on activities, lessons, service learning, and community building. In addition, students visited the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus where they received a campus tour, engaged in the anatomy lab, had a lesson on the intersection of art and medicine, participated in community building, and toured the virtual campus clinic. The Institute culminated with a research presentation open to the Spokane community and focused on actions to reduce inequities of the social determinants of health.



The Students of Medicine Pre-Med Summer Institute at Spokane Valley Tech had the following learning outcomes:

    1. Gain working knowledge of social determinants of health, health issues in their community, and organ systems of the human body.
    2. Select and research a health science topic of interest and presented their research to peers, family members, community, instructors, and administration.
    3. Increase skills and knowledge in resume building, what steps are needed to pursue the health sciences, and engaged in community building exercises focused on leadership, communication, social responsibility, intellectual excellence, teamwork, and collaboration.

2019 SVT Pre-Med Summer Institute:

Spokane Valley Tech Students

We will continue the collaboration with Spokane Valley Tech and leverage partnerships with local high schools across the Spokane region to increase the number of students participating in the Institute.

The 2020 Institute will be held at Spokane Valley Tech from June 15, 2020 – July 2, 2020.


Participation: Students must be enrolled at SVT for the summer session to be considered.

MD program and Honors College Pathway Program

This pathway program is focused on admitting highly qualified WSU Honors College students who fit the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine mission, vision, and goals. Select Honors College students who have conveyed an interest in medicine as a career will join a Pre-Med Cohort. Pre-pathway programing for freshman and sophomores or transfer and planned gap-year students includes workshops, overview of the WSU College of Medicine, and an explanation of the admissions process.

Beginning in Spring of 2020, the first cohort will apply to the formal pathway program. Eligible students must meet the following criteria to be considered for the pathway:

  • Be a resident of Washington or meet three of four ties to the state as outlined on the MD admissions page
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Have and maintain an overall GPA at WSU of 3.5 or higher
  • Interview with select members of the MD Admissions Committee and Honors College
  • Plan to apply to the MD program 2.5 years from the point of application to the pathway program (i.e., application opens in spring – plan to enroll into medical school three fall semesters from that point or ~2.5 yrs)

Each year, a cohort totaling up to 10% of the College of Medicine’s MD class size for the cohort’s planned enrollment year into medical school will be selected. Students can plan to enroll immediately after graduating from WSU or following an approved gap year between college and medical school.

Programming and Requirements to Remain in the Pathway

Programming within the pathway will include:

  • Visits and mentoring by the College of Medicine MD leadership, faculty, and/or medical students
  • Workshops covering components of the application such as the personal statement, activities students should be involved in while in college, completing the application, and mock interviews
  • Connecting with health care providers
  • Learn about different medical specialties
  • Opportunities for clinical experience and research

WSU Honors College students accepted into the pathway must meet the following requirements to remain eligible*:

  • Take the MCAT in time to apply at their designated timeframe
  • Earn a score on the MCAT consistent with requirements for all applicants to the MD program which is a threshold pairing with a 3.5 overall GPA (currently a 43%tile rank or higher – subject to change)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 at WSU
  • Take required coursework for entry into the College of Medicine MD program; 4 SCH each of (with lab)
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Organic Chemistry
  • Sign a commitment letter indicating agreement to abide by all requirements including not applying to any other medical school
  • Complete an AMCAS application and secondary application as well as letters of recommendation during the designated application year
  • Interview during the regular interview season for their entry year to the MD program

*These requirements may be altered. Acceptance to the WSU College of Medicine MD program is contingent upon the Admissions Committee deeming the application and interview free of red flags that would preclude them from accepting a WSU Honors College student.

Participation: Please visit the WSU Honors College website for more information.

Indians into Medicine Program (INMED) – RISE

Through grant funding from the Indian Health Service’s Indians Into Medicine Program (INMED) and the Empire Health Foundation, the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN), namely those who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or descendants, to participate in pathway programs.


INMED – Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Summer Academy 2020

The RISE Summer Academy will be open to 15 American Indian Alaskan Native (AIAN) enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or descendants.

Focus of the RISE Summer Academy:

  • MCAT Prep: The program will provide a full MCAT course through Kaplan to be taken in the summer program and continuing following the program.
  • Supplemental Basic Science Refresher: This coursework will focus on helping RISE Summer Academy students be better prepared to enter medical school. The coursework will be taught by ESFCOM faculty.
  • Cultural Engagement and Community Building: This will include meetings with the WSU Health Sciences Spokane Native American Health Office, AIAN clinical faculty, and visit(s) to an area tribal clinic.
  • Medical Student Mentors: RISE Summer Academy students will have medical student mentors to help guide them through the program, answer their questions, and provide support and encouragement.



  • The application to apply will open around the end of January 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Summer Academy Dates: Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, July 3, 2020


Eligibility Requirements:

  • MCAT
    • Have taken the MCAT but not scored well
    • Plan to take for the first time in 1-6 months of the Summer Academy end date
  • Plan to apply to medical school for either the Entering Year of 2021 or 2022 (application years of 2020 or 2021)
  • Documentation of enrolled tribal membership or descendancy
  • Official transcripts for all college coursework taken



  • Cost to attend: FREE
    • Dorms, food, and coursework, including the Kaplan MCAT Prep course are covered by the program
  • Some travel expenses may be covered
  • Access to and exposure with medical school faculty, leadership, and students
  • Coursework and exposure to become a more competitive applicant to medical school


The INMED – RISE program is held in collaboration with:

  • Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
  • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
  • University of California Davis School of Medicine
  • Washington State University Health Science Spokane

If you have questions, please contact the following:

WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Office of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Inclusion at or 509-358-7518


WSU Health Sciences Spokane Native American Health Sciences at or 509-358-7833