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Strategic Plan

Blueprint for the College’s Future

Creating a new medical school requires keeping track of and manipulating a variety of moving parts. The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has written a strategic plan built upon three foundational believes and strategic pillars that will direct our long-term efforts and support our mission and vision.


The strategic plan is built upon these three foundational beliefs:

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Belonging and Development

Every human’s well-being, inclusion, growth, and development is core to our mission and culture.


Social Accountability

We are committed to pursuing health equity throughout the communities of Washington State.

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As stewards of valuable human, financial, and environmental resources, we create a positive impact on our communities and future generations.


The strategic pillars are built upon our three foundational beliefs and serve as interdependent structures of the strategic plan that direct our long-term efforts and support our mission and vision.

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Community Care

We collaborate with our community partners to advocate for and build a better health care ecosystem, training practitioners to care for the underserved in our communities.


We support excellence and diversity in our academic programs and the continued learning, growth, and development of everyone in our organization.


We treat our education, work, and living environments as opportunities for every individual to learn and thrive.


We value the crucial importance of research to our mission’s success by developing, supporting, and diversifying our research programs.

Read the full strategic plan to learn more about our pillar goals and 5-year plan.

A Fit with the University’s Priorities

The College of Medicine plan aligns in many ways with the university’s strategic plan and its outcome oriented goals.

  • For example, the college’s growing research portfolio and collaborative efforts with researchers across WSU, aligns with the University’s emphasis on cross-discipline research activities.
  • The college’s work to develop teaching agreements with clinical partners is a perfect fit for the university’s goal for outreach, extension, service and engagement. Third- and fourth-year students are assigned to the university’s campuses in Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. From there, they will have the opportunity to work in health care facilities in and near those communities.
  • The college has developed strategies to help students customize their individual study plans, teach students leadership skills, and have exceptional experiential and community engagement opportunities. These align with the university’s goal around student experience.

As WSU administrators and faculty continue to develop the medical school, they stay in touch with the university’s government affairs office, which maintains regular contact with elected officials who can provide resources to help the college.