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Jonathan Espenschied, MD

Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education

Jonathan Espenschied, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education, and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at the Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.  In this role he leads the development, oversight, administration, quality, and fiscal responsibility of residency and fellowship programs and Continuing Medical Education programs at the College of Medicine.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor whose career has spanned education, research, and clinical training.  He has been involved in developing graduate medical education (GME) for over 15 years including new and established sponsoring institutions, residencies and fellowships.  He has been an Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous NCI, NIH, and other translational and education grants focusing on oncology, immunology, GME, career development, mentoring, and diversity in science and medicine.

Education, training, mentorship, and interdisciplinary communication skills are imperative in discovery science and patient care. These essential tools are needed throughout the UME, GME, and CME continuum, emphasizing lifelong learning in order to provide the best possible patient care.  Creating self-awareness of educational/knowledge gaps that lead to self-directed learning and improved outcomes is expected of all medical professionals.  The delineation of specific core competencies necessary for self-directed learning and adaptive expertise can provide a clear direction and structure for medical students, residents, and independent practitioners alike.

Prior to joining WSU, Espenschied spent 14 years at City of Hope National Medical Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, developing translational research as well as GME, professional education, and clinical training programs from the ground up.  He developed and implemented a nationally recognized Clinical Investigation Training Program for post-doctoral students, faculty, and clinical trainees, providing a foundation in clinical research design, development and scientific writing.  He has extensive experience in building efficient, effective graduate level training and evaluation, as well as expertise in current methodologies of clinical trial design, responsible conduct, and statistical analysis.

Dr. Espenschied has been involved with teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate levels in science and medicine throughout his professional career and has garnered numerous awards. He serves on several local and national steering and planning committees and is a representative on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMCs) Group on Resident Affairs (GRA), the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA), and a past member of the Pediatric Cancer Working Group for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Espenschied’s early research interests encompass immunology and vaccine development, mapping unknown epitopes on the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and its impact on graft versus host disease in bone marrow transplant patients, and a solid tumor vaccine utilizing early immunotherapeutic regimens. In addition to basic science, immunology and the clinical trial work above, Dr. Espenschied has explored and developed educational and assessment tools for graduate medical education and adolescent young adult oncology patients.  His current research interests include the development of rural and underserved graduate medical education as well physician workforce and access to care.

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Jonathan Espenschied

Jonathan Espenschied, MD
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education