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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

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 will be hosting a Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy.

Beginning in the summer of 2019, we will host 30 high achieving migrant high school student scholars through Dare to Dream on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus for a one-week program in the health sciences. During this program, the rising junior and senior student scholars will have experiences in health science curriculum with connections from our Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine MD, Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Nutrition and Exercise Physiology programs, as well as the WSU College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition, student scholars will engage in learning about Washington’s rich history of migrant farmworkers. We hope to inspire these students to pursue college and expand their interest for a health profession!

2019 Dare to Dream Health Sciences Academy
Details about where these participants will be joining us from as well as an overview of the program will be provided soon.

Participation: Managed through Dare to Dream program; information 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.

2018 SVT Pre-Med Summer Institute:

Spokane Valley Tech Students

In the summer of 2018, 14 rising SVT high school juniors and seniors were selected to participate in a one-week summer program at SVT. All students completing the program plan to attend college after high school. Many of them (43%) would be leading the way as the first in their family to graduate from college.

The summer program included exposure to medical concepts, hands-on learning, and experiences in the following areas:

  • Human body systems
  • Medical labs
  • Virtual emergency room scenarios
  • Medical School Curriculum Vitae (similar to a resume)

Participation: Students must be enrolled at SVT to be considered.

The 2019 SVT Pre-Med Summer Institute is being developed and may be expanded in the future. Further details will be forthcoming.

Spokane Valley Tech StudentsSpokane Valley Tech students

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.