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The Lucky Seven Foundation’s gifts provide students the opportunity to improve rural and underserved communities

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received a gift over $1 million dollars from the Lucky Seven Foundation that will help students over the next four years continue to serve rural and underserved communities as primary and family medicine physicians.

WSU Elson S. Floyd students on campus; medical students

With this grant, funds from the Lucky Seven Foundation will award $20,000 scholarships to three students in various cohorts each year.

“It is hard to put into words … » More …

Real-time stress detection devices could help fight alcohol relapses

wristdeviceWearable devices can detect people’s stress, according to new Washington State University research, opening potential new interventions for people with addictions.

In a paper published today, July 21, in the JMIR Formative Research, a WSU research team found that wearable wristbands measure physiological responses to stress in real-time and real-world situations, providing a potential method to help people avoid slipping back into old behaviors.

Stress is one of the most common reasons for people with Alcohol Use Disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism, to relapse and start drinking again, said Michael Cleveland, an associate professor in … » More …

Faculty Feature: Dr. Jonny Salud

Jonny SaludDr. Jonny Salud, MD, MPH

Core Faculty
Internal Medicine Residency Program – Everett

What inspired you to pursue medicine?
I am fortunate to be surrounded by many doctors in my family, all of whom have been supportive as I pursued opportunities performing and recording music. It was in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while living in New Orleans that I was shaken to the core in such a way that I committed to a career … » More …

More support for College of Medicine’s residency program in Pullman

Pullman Regional HospitalA $500,000 gift to Pullman Regional Hospital from an anonymous couple is the latest in a series of significant contributions made to support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s first family medicine residency program in Pullman.

The College of Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital are partnering to launch a new three-year physician residency training program in June 2022. The program earned its accreditation status in May.

Pullman Regional Hospital will renovate approximately 5,000 square feet of space this fall to accommodate resident physicians beginning in June 2022. The new space will include 14 exam rooms as well as a study … » More …

College of Medicine granted full accreditation

Spokane Campus, WSU Spokane, WSU Health Sciences CampusWashington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has received full accreditation, the final milestone in an accreditation journey that has spanned nearly six years.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting agency for medical degree programs in the U.S. and Canada, granted full accreditation after conducting an extensive virtual site visit in October 2020 and evaluating the College of Medicine’s progress in meeting the LCME’s rigorous standards. The LCME also identified areas where the college will need to focus on making adjustments and improvements both … » More …

Alumni donate $250,000 to family medicine residency program in Pullman

Pullman Regional HospitalA WSU alumni couple is supporting the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s first family medicine residency program in Pullman with a $250,000 gift.

Tom and Linda Nihoul, wealth management professionals and healthcare advocates, are making the donation in support of enhancing access to rural healthcare.

“When we were learning about the joint efforts of WSU and Pullman Regional Hospital to establish a residency program in Pullman, it really resonated with us,” Tom Nihoul said. “We’re originally from small towns and know first-hand, quality primary care is key for a thriving community.”

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Stress during pandemic linked to poor sleep

Sleep, pandemic, sleepless woman, stress, researchMany people likely lost sleep over COVID‑19. A study of twins led by Washington State University researchers found that stress, anxiety and depression during the first few weeks of the pandemic were associated with less and lower quality sleep.

In a survey of more than 900 twins taken shortly after COVID‑19 lockdown measures began, about half of the respondents reported no change in their sleep patterns, but around a third, 32.9%, reported decreased sleep. Another 29.8% reported sleeping more. In the analysis, the researchers found that any change in sleep was connected … » More …

Cannabis research center established at Washington State University

Marijuana PlantsWashington State University’s early efforts on cannabis research have now grown into a full, multi-disciplinary research center with nearly 100 scientists working on a diverse range of cannabis-related projects.

The newly christened Center for Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach, or CCPRO, was officially approved by the WSU Faculty Senate and Board of Regents in May. WSU started organizing spearheading research into cannabis in 2011, even before Washington state became the first in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana the following year. The formal designation as a research center signifies its importance and WSU’s commitment as … » More …

Women of color, rural women most impacted by missed breast cancer screening during pandemic

Breast Cancer Screening, researchBreast cancer screening took a sizeable hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests new research that showed that the number of screening mammograms completed in a large group of women living in Washington State plummeted by nearly half. Published today in JAMA Network Open, the study found the steepest drop-offs among women of color and those living in rural communities.

“Detecting breast cancer at an early stage dramatically increases the chances that treatment will be successful,” said lead study author Ofer Amram, an assistant professor in the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of … » More …

College of Medicine receives accreditation for first rural residency program in Pullman

 Pullman Regional HospitalWashington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has earned accreditation to start its first family medicine residency program in Pullman.

The WSU Family Medicine Residency Program-Pullman, based at Pullman Regional Hospital, is a three-year residency training program focused in a critical-access hospital in which physician residents will have opportunities to experience the full range of family medicine practice. The program, which will welcome its first residents in summer 2022, will host three residents per year for a total of nine residents when fully implemented.

Critical access hospitals have 25 or fewer … » More …