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 (pdf) to manage those projects and stay focused.
The plan has 7 components:
- Achieve Accreditation
- Community Engagement
- Build Infrastructure
- Research Integration and Expansion
- Interprofessional Clinical Outreach
- Medical Education
- Competitive Environments
ESFCOM has received preliminary accreditation which allows for the recruitment of the inaugural class of medical students. As a part of achieving provisional accreditation, ESFCOM has engaged with continuous quality leadership teams to enhance specifications laid out by each LCME standard element. The ESFCOM is currently updating data collection documentation and ensuring sufficient resource development in preparation for the LCME Provisional Site Accreditation visit in the first quarter 2019.
Continued efforts are being placed on the development of distributed clinical campuses. This includes the recruitment of necessary human resources and development of collaborative environments in each distributed campus. Student service needs have been identified as well to ensure effective student experience at each distributed clinical campus. ESFCOM is undergoing design and implementation plans for a virtual clinical campus and simulation center that will benefit medical students and the community.
Interprofessional Clinical Outreach
The WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus is a partner with the Spokane Teaching Health Clinic. This on-campus clinic provides space for WSU health sciences students to work in interprofessional teams along with clinical faculty and medical residents to care for patients. ESFCOM will work toward sponsorship of its own residency program, providing WSU medical graduates a place to start their careers.
The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved the incorporation and startup of a physician practice plan. When operationalized in 2017, this not-for-profit corporation will develop innovative patient care delivery models while providing an excellent interprofessional clinical education environment for our students.
As part of the practice plan, ESFCOM is developing mobile health care units in order to implement community engagement activities in rural areas. These mobile units will provide continued interprofessional training in primary care delivery activities.
ESFCOM will pursue national leadership in education, research and health care delivery by fostering relationships with the community, students and faculty. The intention of ESFCOM is to make a significant economic impact on the state of Washington.
There are three medical schools in addition to many health profession colleges in the state, all requiring clinical education exposures to patient care. The hospital health systems and their clinical networks around the state are a limited and precious resource. ESFCOM is working to develop strong value propositions for our clinical education partners and their physician faculty to ensure our medical students are always welcome.
Technology is playing an ever increasing role in the delivery of health care. The future physician will have to be well-versed in the use of technologies, such as telepresence, remote health monitoring and big data analysis to be effective. To ensure our students are exposed to these technologies, ESFCOM is creating a health tech incubator that will seek out promising health technologies and provide a financial facility and intellectual resource to “incubate” these innovative and disruptive ideas to fruition.
ESFCOM has established more than 20 key relationships with clinical partners around the state who will train WSU medical students. It is also pursuing relationships with community and educational partners to build training pipelines and pathways. These programs are intended to encourage students from rural and urban underserved communities to train for health science careers at WSU, and return home to serve.
ESFCOM is also implementing communications plans that engage in dialogue with government, media, the donor community, future students and more.
Research Integration and Expansion
ESFCOM has a strong research focus in the areas of neuroscience, sleep and cancer, which features many nationally known scientists. Several faculty members in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences are among the leaders in their research fields. The college is also working toward creating a Department of Population Health that will focus on research and community health. It will also incorporated the ESFCOM Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program.
The college is engaged in intercollege collaboration on five grand challenge research initiatives including: sustaining health, sustainable resources, opportunity and equity, smart systems and national security.
ESFCOM will focus on advancing research from the basic phases to clinical and translational stages. Intentions are to create links with private sector partners who can help move ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.
ESFCOM has developed an advanced curriculum to train medical students who have particular passions for rural areas, population health and technology in health care. Students will be recruited from, and encouraged to return to, rural areas that are in the highest need for health care delivery services. Continued focus will be placed on public and population health as well as interaction with members of all communities statewide.
Admissions and recruiting activities are aimed at students from Washington who are likely to return home to practice medicine. Medical students can expect to receive an education that is driven by innovation and compassion. Upon completion of the program, students will have earned a certificate in health care leadership and will be prepared to serve in many different areas.
A fit with the university’s priorities
- For example, the College’s research portfolio, especially in population health, meshes well with the “Sustaining Health” category of the Grand Challenges.
- The College’s work to develop teaching agreements with clinical partners is a perfect fit for the university’s Strategic Plan theme for outreach and engagement. Third- and fourth-year students will be assigned to the university’s campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Everett. From there, they will have the opportunity to work in health care facilities near the campuses.
- The College has developed strategies to help students customize their individual study plans and to teach students leadership skills. Those fit nicely under the Strategic Plan theme of providing students with “transformative student experiences.”
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.
In addition, the University and College have begun a $100 million private fundraising campaign, designed to ensure the long-term financial viability of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.