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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 to manage those projects and stay focused.


  1. Engage communities and partners across the state.
  2. Expand and refine degree offerings, processes and resources across academic programs. 
  3. Drive growth across all facets of the research enterprise.
  4. Continue expansion and implementation of statewide physical and cultural infrastructure.
  5. Expand interprofessional clinical care operations.
  6. Achieve full LCME accreditation.
  7. Achieve GME and CME program accreditation and expand GME capacity.

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.