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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Community Hosting and Homestay Program

Support Washington’s Future Physicians

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine was founded on the vision of “inspiring people to solve problems in challenging health care environments.” To help realize that vision, the college is committed to developing connections between our students and the community in which they will train.

Our students will study and gain clinical experience at one of our four campuses located across the state in Everett, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. Students will spend the majority of their first two years on the Spokane campus for their classes, however, there will be six individual weeks, called ‘clinical intersessions’, during the first two years that the students will be in the city they will be assigned to for their third and fourth years.

In order to welcome, support, and orient our students, we are looking for families and individuals in the local communities of Everett, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver who would be willing to host a student during the six clinical intersession weeks from September 2018 through March 2020. The dates of intersession weeks are:

  • September 2-8, 2018
  • November 25-December 1, 2018
  • March 24-30, 2019
  • August 18-24, 2019
  • November 17-23, 2019
  • March 8-14, 2020

Homestay Hosts will be assigned a student and will provide housing for them during each intersession week. In addition, they will be asked to plan activities or events during the intersession periods to introduce their student to members of the community.

For students that do not need housing during the intersession weeks, we will assign Community Hosts that will provide a similar connection to the community but not provide housing.

Homestay Hosts and Community Hosts will also be invited to participate in the College of Medicine Community Night to be held on Wednesday during every intersession week.

For a full list of our Host activities, please consult our Host Duties Summary.

Now Accepting Host Applications for the 2018-2020 Period!
Host applications will only be available electronically. We will be accepting initial applications for consideration through June 4, 2018. Applications will go through an approval process and will be notified by June 11th of approved participation. After June 11th, we may continue to accept applications on a rolling basis depending on need. The student matching process will begin later in the summer of 2018. If you would like to apply to become a Host for the class of 2022, please e-mail Kyle Holbrook ( and he will provide a link to our application system.

Kyle Holbrook
Community Hosting Coordinator
(509) 368-6779
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Washington State University