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James Record to serve as interim dean of the College of Medicine

James RecordDr. James M. Record, MD, JD, has been named interim dean of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, effective July 5. He has served as the college’s vice dean for GME, CME and Partnerships since 2021 and is a clinical professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences.

During his time at WSU, Dr. Record has provided executive oversight of the offices of Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education, Land-Grant Mission and Leadership, Advancement, and Compliance for the college, which is based on the university’s Spokane campus. His role has … » More …

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine featured on TVW’s ‘Field Report’

WSU Spokane CampusThe history and advancements of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine were recently highlighted on the state’s public affairs network.

TVW’s Field Report, hosted by Angela Nolasco, delved into the origins and mission of the College of Medicine as part of their latest episode, which is available online.

Central to the founding of WSU’s medical school was the need to address critical shortages of doctors among rural communities across the state.

“When the medical school was really envisioned, it was really meant to serve the parts of the state that maybe … » More …

Black History Month Faculty Feature: Dr. John Vassall

Dr. John Vassall, MD

Clinical Associate Professor 
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

What inspired you to go into medicine?
During Vassall’s childhood, his family’s physician practiced out of his house. Vassall would have visits in his doctor’s basement. “I thought about being a physician was I was very young,” said Vassall. Once he went to college, he was challenged by a professor in one of his philosophy classes. His professor had very different viewpoints than Vassall. Dr. Vassall realized he did not like being graded on something that was subjective. “That’s when … » More …

Black History Month Faculty Feature: Dr. Oladunni Oluwoye

Oluwoye OladunniDr. Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

What influential people have you looked up to in your career?
From a young age, Dr. Oluwoye looked up to her dad, a professor of urban planning at Alabama A&M University, as her influence. He traveled to conferences, meetings, and to other countries for his work, including after the family relocated to Alabama following a stint in Australia. “He has had a big impact on my life,” said Oluwoye. She loves how she and her dad bond over their shared … » More …

Welcome Charter Class

Founding Dean John TomkowiakWe finally reached the moment we have awaited for so long – the arrival of our first class at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

For our 60 talented students, this marks the culmination of years of persistent and intense determination to attend medical school. These students, who represent 15 of the state’s 39 counties, have served in multiple countries around the globe, and who bring a wide range of diverse family, educational and professional backgrounds; … » More …

Preliminary accreditation received

On October 18, 2016, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine passed a pivotal milestone. It received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The College can now begin to recruit its charter class of 60 students.

Accreditation marks the culmination of more than a year of work that united the College with communities across the state. Together, we have created an infrastructure for health care education and delivery that is “bold, audacious, and visionary.”

Those three words, spoken by the late Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd, capture the essence of his idea for a second public medical school in the … » More …

WSU Medical School Granted Preliminary LCME Accreditation

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University today received preliminary accreditation—a major milestone that keeps the college on track to enroll its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting agency for MD-granting medical schools in the United States and Canada, communicated news of the preliminary accreditation to John Tomkowiak, M.D., MOL, the founding dean of the Floyd College of Medicine, earlier today.

“This is a significant moment in Washington State University’s 126-year history,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “It puts us one … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities readies itself for medical school

A view of the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU Tri-Cities is growing in many ways as it prepares to become one of the clinical campuses for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

There is growth in the number of students who attend class on campus. There is physical growth with two new projects designed for students under construction on campus. And there is growth in the number and quality of the academic programs offered.

WSU Tri-Cities uses a polytechnic approach with a hands-on, career-focused approach. It offers 19 undergraduate and 33 graduate degrees in programs that … » More …

Goodbye to Roy Almeida

Roy AlmeidaLast week we wrote about a visiting College of Medicine faculty member from Norway (Janne Grønli) who recently departed after two years at WSU Spokane. This week, we add a second name to our “So long, it’s been good to know you” list.

Roy Almeida, DrPH, is an epidemiologist who was the co-chair of the team that is creating the microbiology and infectious disease course for the WSU medical school. He has taught those subjects to University of Washington medical students in Spokane since January 2009.

Now he’s moving south to Florida where he will … » More …

John Roll becomes permanent vice dean

John Roll, Ph.D.
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has named John Roll, Ph.D., as its new Vice Dean for Research. The appointment makes permanent Roll’s position within the college; he has for several months served as the Interim Vice Dean for Research.

Roll will be responsible for promoting and overseeing the college’s faculty research. He will also work with the dean and other administrators to develop a strategic plan to guide the growth and diversification of research in the College of Medicine.

In conjunction with this Roll has also been named as the … » More …