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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 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 2022 through April 2024.

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

Now accepting applications for the 2022–2023 Period!
If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact the Student Affairs office at


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What students are saying:

“Absolutely amazing family!! I loved staying with them SO much! They were extremely welcoming and helpful :)”
– Sarah Peterson, Everett Clinical Campus

“My hosts were such a joy! I feel so incredibly grateful to have been placed with them and create a relationship with them. I know it will last long after my medical school journey!  were such a joy! I feel so incredibly grateful to have been placed with them and create a relationship with them. I know it will last long after my medical school journey!”
– Kelsey Yenney, Vancouver Clinical Campus

“My host family has been amazing and very engaged in my med school experience and they already expressed enthusiasm toward seeing me again next year!”

– Alisha Nguyen, Everett Clinical Campus

What homestay hosts are saying:

“We want WSU medical students to fall in love with Eastern Washington and the Tri-Cities so that they consider setting up their practice here when they finish medical school.”
– Karen & Keith Brutzman, Hosts Tri-Cities Community

“My husband and I are both healthcare professionals. We were fortunate to have many kind individuals help us during medical school. This is our way of paying it forward, and we hope that our students will continue to pay it forward so that we may all belong to a supportive and generous medical community.”
– Rachel & Erik Larson, Host Vancouver Community

“Connecting future doctors with our medical community and residents helps the future doctors to possibly provide medical services locally.”
Kris Troyer, Host Tri-Cities Community