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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.

No Longer Accepting Host Applications for the 2018-2020 Period
If you are interested in becoming a Host for one of our future classes, please e-mail Kyle Holbrook at He will ensure you are notified when we begin recruiting Community Hosts for our next class.


We have answers.

What students are saying:

“I am not from the Tri-Cities, so I love the Hosting Program because only through it do I actually know someone in the Tri-Cities! Driving down for the intersession weeks hasn’t seemed as scary because I know I’m going to a home and not a hotel room. I look forward to getting to see my host family and they have been the best resource for teaching me about the community from the perspective of a family that experiences it day-to-day. They are so generous in taking care of me and it’s a nice relief to know I can direct my focus on all of the school and clinical work of intersession week.”

– Hannah Winters, Tri-Cities Learning Community Student

“I didn’t grow up in Vancouver, so having a family to stay with has been a great way to get connected to the community and to get to know the area. On my first night in Vancouver, they took me on a tour of the city. They showed me where all my clinical sites were, the local highlights, and best places to get coffee. If I was on my own to find that out, it would have taken me weeks.”

– Alex Franke, Vancouver Learning Community Student

“My host family consistently shows that there is no limit to the good that you can do for those around you. In their volunteering for this program, their kindness to me, and the way that they interact with my fellow students and the people of this community, I’ve seen a wealth of care demonstrated toward others. I hold that lesson in equal value to my classroom experiences as it is the kind of doctor, and citizen, I hope to be.”

– Brent Conrad, Spokane Learning Community Student

“I feel incredibly grateful to have bonded with my host family. I never expected to find hosts, a mentor, and loved ones all in one place. Having worked in the medical field themselves, my host parents and I bond over how similar our experiences have been. Sometimes the best remedy after a long day of medical school is returning to an actual home and having a home-cooked meal.”

– Kimberly Huynh, Everett Learning Student

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