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MD Program

Prepare to Become a Health Care Leader

The MD program in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine trains you to be more than a physician. It equips you with a rich breadth and depth of experience that fast-forwards your understanding of the practice of medicine. In addition to preparing you to care for individual patients, it readies you to take the lead in addressing community health care issues. You learn to recognize problems in health care delivery, innovate solutions, and mobilize change that improves the health of entire populations.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine seeks applicants from the state of Washington.

Train in the Same Kinds of Environments Where You Will Work

As a student, you gain clinical experience starting in your first year. Your training takes you to a wide range of settings, from large hospitals in urban centers to small clinics at rural crossroads. You find yourself immersed in hands-on lessons from seasoned practitioners. This approach is known as a community-based model of medical education.

Make an Enduring Difference in Hundreds of Lives

When your clinical training takes place within a rural or underserved community, you form lasting connections with the people and places around you. You become more likely to return to the community to practice medicine. In doing so, you personally help address physician shortages besetting many regions of the state. You make a significant, positive difference in the health of a whole community.

Learn How to Become a Health Care Leader in Your Community

As a physician, the problems you’re asked to solve often reach beyond individual diagnoses and treatments. You may face challenges in health care delivery that span a neighborhood or a region. The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine teaches you methods for spearheading change. It prepares you to step forward as a leader—to identify problems, set goals, build coalitions, and forge solutions. It empowers you to make your community a healthier place to live.

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Join an Educational Environment That Helps You Succeed

As a student in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, you work with faculty who nurture your strengths, bolster your weaknesses, and fuel your passion for the practice of medicine. You will learn to engage in transdisciplinary research and scholarly activities. You will master the basics of managing a medical practice. You will collaborate with other health care professionals and learn to value their unique perspectives and expertise.

You will be part of a community that believes in your ability to become an exemplary physician and leader—and helps steer you toward success.


The college received full accreditation from Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in June 2021.