The Heart of Community-Based Medical Education

Hospitals and clinics across the state of Washington have enthusiastically agreed to clinical affiliation with Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The College of Medicine has more than 250 clinical partners throughout the state of Washington and beyond, enabling future doctors to gain extensive experience and develop deep connections to communities in need. These partners cluster around 4 distributed regional medical campus hubs Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. 

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Find out how your hospital or clinic can become a clinical partner of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Building Relationships That Last A Lifetime

Clinical faculty at partner hospitals and clinics teach first- and second-year students in a series of 1-week clinical experiences. Clinics and hospitals then host students in their third and fourth years  when they return for clinical clerkships.

During their 1-week clinical experiences, medical students live with community members who have volunteered as hosts. The college expects that students will develop deep connections to these communities. The relationships they form increase their likelihood of returning to the region to practice medicine.

The college’s clinical partners are the cornerstone of a community-based approach to medical education. Their involvement delivers substantial benefits for students and communities alike.

Outstanding Preparation for Tomorrow’s Physicians

Instead of rotating through wards in a university-owned teaching hospital, students train in the diverse health care facilities of clinical partners. Their experiences can include hospitals and clinics large and small, urban and rural, working with diverse patient populations. Instead of learning primarily from medical residents, they learn from seasoned clinicians who may have decades of experience.

By the time medical students begin residency, they will be well ahead of the curve in clinical skills and experience—ready to meet the evolving needs of the 21st century health care system.

Filling Gaps in Access to Medical Care

Physician shortages plague many communities across Washington. The college’s clinical partnerships enable medical students to train in rural or medically underserved settings where doctors are scarce. Students form ties with these communities—with the hospitals and clinics where they work, with clinical faculty who teach them, and with the patients they serve. These students will be more likely to return to these regions to practice medicine when they graduate.