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.
MCAT Prep course (e.g., Kaplan or Princeton Review)
Foundations of biomedical sciences
Population health and epidemiology
Academic skills and wellness
Indigenous health and wellness
April 1: The primary application to apply will open. Apply Online
The WSU College of Medicine secondary application will be sent to eligible candidates
May 5, 2023: Primary application is due
May 19, 2023: Secondary application is due
June 30: Applicants notified of decisions
August 15: Deadline for moving to Vancouver, WA
September–June: Wy’east Pathway at OHSU begins
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. WSU College of Medicine then uses three different pairings of required MCAT scores to meet the condition of acceptance. These can be found under Academic Requirements.
Plan to apply to medical school for Entering Year of 2024 (by October 15, 2023)
Enrolled membership in a federally recognized Tribe
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.
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 2024
Satisfactorily completing the Wy’east pathway, which includes:
Attending all classes with no unexcused absences
Satisfactory completion of all coursework and quizzes
Obtaining a passing score during all end-of-block exams, and
Conscientiousness, courtesy, and respect in all aspects of pathway activities
Formal AMCAS application and WSU College of Medicine secondary application in the 2023 cycle for entry in August 2024
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:
If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.8 – 4.0, then 27th percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
If undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.4 – 3.79, then 43rd percentile rank or higher on the MCAT
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