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 MD 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 campus weeks’, 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 campus weeks from September 2021 through April 2023.
Homestay Hosts in Everett, Tri-Cities and Vancouver will be assigned a student and will provide housing for them during each clinical campus week. In addition, they will be asked to plan activities or events during the clinical campus weeks to introduce their student to members of the community. Spokane Hosts will be listed in a Spokane Community Connection Directory for students to make connections.
Community Host Volunteer Duties at a Glance
- The Community Hosting and Homestay Program in Everett, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver
- The Community Hosting Program in Spokane
Now accepting applications for the 2020-2022 Period!
If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact the Student Affairs office at EFLOstudentaffairs@wsu.edu.
What students are saying:
“I really appreciated my community hosts because almost every time I visited, they took me out to some of their favorite places for a night in Everett. This included a restaurant on the water, a brewery near the harbor, and (my all time favorite) an event at their favorite glass-blowing art gallery for a night of music played by a local band. I really appreciated their hospitality in showing me around Everett, because Everett then felt more like a familiar place when I came to move here for third year rather than just a town where I always spent time at the hospital. I absolutely adored my hosts and am so thankful for them!”
– Kendall Vignaroli, Everett 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