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.
The plan has 6 components:
- Clinical care
- Community engagement
- Academic programs
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.