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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


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 (pdf) to manage those projects and stay focused.

The plan has 6 components:

  • Accreditation
  • Clinical care
  • Community engagement
  • Infrastructure
  • Research
  • Academic programs

See How We’re Doing


The WSU College of Medicine has received provisional accreditation.

Clinical Care

The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved the incorporation and startup of a physician practice plan. When operationalized, 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, the College of Medicine 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.

Community Engagement

The College of Medicine has established key relationships with clinical partners around the state who 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.

The college is also implementing communications plans that engage in dialogue with government, media, the donor community, future students and more.


Infrastructure development is focused on regional clinical campus development. The College of Medicine is building out student services and technology systems on the Spokane campus and each regional campus. Business services continues to partner with WSU to provide support for all business matters of the college.


The College of Medicine 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 engaged with WSU’s five grand challenge research initiatives including: sustaining health, sustainable resources, opportunity and equity, smart systems and national security.

Academic Programs

The College of Medicine 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.

A fit with the university’s priorities

The College of Medicine plan aligns in many ways with the university’s 2014-19 Strategic Plan and its five Grand Challenges.

  • 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.