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INMED – Reimagine IndianS into MedicinE (RISE) Wy’east Pathway

The RISE Collaborative (Reimagine IndianS into medicinE) represents a partnership between three medical schools in the Western United States who are actively working to support the success of Native learners who aspire to be physicians. Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, University of California Davis School of Medicine, and Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine have joined efforts to offer a 10-month immersive learning experience called the Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway.

The Wy’east Pathway is designed to help American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) learners thrive in their journey through medicine. Wy’east provides a holistic, culturally specific framework for the successful recruitment, training, retention, and graduation of AIAN medical students.

The Wy’east Pathway is held at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. During the pathway, scholars live in either Portland, OR (this applies to OHSU Wy’east Scholars and UC-Davis Wy’east scholars) or in Washington near Portland (this applies to WSU Wy’east Scholars). The Pathway runs from September–June. In the RISE partnership, WSU College of Medicine selects up to 4 scholars annually who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes and meet the residency entry requirements for the WSU College of Medicine to attend this pathway. This cohort will participate with up to 16 Wy’east scholars selected by OHSU and UC Davis School of Medicine.

Focus of the Wy’east Pathway:

  • MCAT Prep course (e.g., Kaplan or Princeton Review)
  • Foundations of biomedical sciences
  • Population health and epidemiology
  • Academic skills and wellness
  • Clinical observation
  • Research experiences
  • Indigenous health and wellness
  • Anatomy
  • Cultural activities

Timeline:

  • April 1: The primary application to apply will open. Apply at nnacoe.org/wyeast-pathway
  • The WSU College of Medicine secondary application will be sent to eligible candidates
  • May 6, 2022: Primary application is due
  • May 20, 2022: Secondary application is due
  • June: Interviews
  • July: Applicants notified of decisions
  • September–June: Wy’east Pathway at OHSU begins

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree earned from an accredited US or Canadian institution
  • A prior MCAT score is preferred; however, we will consider candidates who have not taken the MCAT.
    • DO NOT take the MCAT just to have a score for this application as all MCAT scores are reported to medical schools when you official apply.
  • Prior unsuccessful application to medical school is also preferred; however, we will consider those who have not yet applied to medical school.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Plan to apply to medical school for Entering Year of 2023
  • Enrolled membership in a federally recognized tribe
  • Residency:
    • Meet ties to Washington or have Washington residency. Descriptions of this can be found at on admissions page under “Requirements to Receive a Secondary Application”.
    • Candidates who do not meet this requirement can also apply if they commit to living in Clark CO in Washington State (e.g., Vancouver, WA) starting August 15 prior to the start of the Pathway and commit to living in WA and commute to OHSU in Portland for the duration of the program.
      • This will allow candidates to officially establish residency in WA prior to enrollment with WSU College of Medicine.
      • Failure to maintain this commitment will result in rescinding of the conditional acceptance. Inability to provide proof that a Scholar is living in Washington (e.g., signed lease for Scholar) by August 15 prior to starting Wy’east will result in dismissal from the program.

Benefits:

  • Cost to attend: FREE
  • A monthly stipend to help offset living expenses
  • Access to and exposure with medical school faculty, leadership, and students
  • Coursework and exposure to become better prepared for entry into the WSU College of Medicine
  • Conditional acceptance to the WSU College of Medicine for entering year 2023

Conditional Acceptance:

  • Satisfactorily completing the Wy’east pathway, which includes:
    1. Attending all classes with no unexcused absences
    2. Satisfactory completion of all coursework and quizzes
    3. Obtaining a passing score during all end-of-block exams, and
    4. Conscientiousness, courtesy, and respect in all aspects of pathway activities
  • Formal AMCAS application and WSU College of Medicine secondary application in the 2022 cycle for entry in August 2023
  • Successful interview with the WSU College of Medicine during the regular interview cycle
  • Meeting a combination threshold of undergraduate overall GPA and MCAT composite score as follows:
    1.  If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.8 – 4.0, then 27th percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
    2. If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.4 – 3.79, then 43rd percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
    3. If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 2.6 – 3.39, then 61st percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
  • Candidates who are establishing residency in WA during the program (beginning August 15) will be required to live in WA for the duration of the pathway and until matriculating into WSU College of Medicine (one full year).

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 Sciences Spokane

 

If you have questions, please contact the following:

WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at medicine.admissions@wsu.edu or 509-358-7518.