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Black History Month Faculty Feature: Dr. John Vassall

Dr. John Vassall, MD

Clinical Associate Professor 
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

What inspired you to go into medicine?
During Vassall’s childhood, his family’s physician practiced out of his house. Vassall would have visits in his doctor’s basement. “I thought about being a physician was I was very young,” said Vassall. Once he went to college, he was challenged by a professor in one of his philosophy classes. His professor had very different viewpoints than Vassall. Dr. Vassall realized he did not like being graded on something that was subjective. “That’s when I … » More …

Black History Month Faculty Feature: Dr. Oladunni Oluwoye

Oluwoye OladunniDr. Oladunni Oluwoye, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences

What influential people have you looked up to in your career?
From a young age, Dr. Oluwoye looked up to her dad, a professor of urban planning at Alabama A&M University, as her influence. He traveled to conferences, meetings, and to other countries for his work, including after the family relocated to Alabama following a stint in Australia. “He has had a big impact on my life,” said Oluwoye. She loves how she and her dad bond over their shared passion … » More …

Black History Month Faculty Feature: Dr. Amber Boler

Amber BolerDr. Amber Boler, MD, FACC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicinal Education and Clinical Sciences

How did you decide to become a health care professional?
I played competitive soccer growing up and after many broken bones, torn ligaments and dislocated joints I fell in love with anatomy. I was amazed by the physicians’ ability to heal and make whole.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month reminds me of the exceptional men and women who have made substantial contributions to society despite the astounding racial injustice. I am reminded … » More …

Faculty Feature: Delaney Goulet, MD

Dr. GouletHow did you get into the field? Or alternatively what drew you into this field?
I was drawn to internal medicine by the patients, their diseases, and the intellectual curiosity and dedication of my internal medicine mentors. I love the challenge of intellectually dissecting complex presentations to simplify what has gone awry within the human body. Considering the science within the context of each individual’s life story combines the best of both worlds for me – fascinating physiology and human connection. The camaraderie within the provider team and mission to positively impact each person’s life … » More …

Native American Heritage Month Student Spotlight

Esmeralda Lopez

Describe your journey to medicine: what were some defining moments, hurdles, or moments of inspiration?

There are countless moments to choose from. I was lucky to take a class by a Native (Mohawk) mentor. Professor Elizabeth Hoover’s course, Eating Local in Indian Country, inspired and taught me to think critically about food sovereignty as a treaty right. One of the assigned books, Spirit of Our Whaling Ancestors, demonstrated the importance for Indigenous peoples to practice traditional foodways, that culture and health are one and the same.

Why is being a Native American medical student is so important … » More …

Faculty Feature: Matt Hansen, MD

Matt Hansen

What drew you to your field?

I was drawn to internal medicine because of the intellectual challenge of the field. Internal medicine requires that you excel at critical thinking and clinical reasoning. Patients often present with symptoms of an unclear origin and it is your responsibility to make a diagnosis using past experience, clinical reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, as an internist you frequently care for patient with very complicated disease states. It is common for these conditions … » More …

Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects

Vanderheyden

 

Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Published today in Scientific Reports, the study helps build a case for the use of sleep therapeutics following trauma exposure, said William Vanderheyden, an assistant research professor and the lead author on the study. “Basically, our study has found that if you can improve sleep, you can improve function.”

The finding holds particular promise for populations that are routinely exposed to trauma, such as … » More …

Alcohol use changed right after COVID-19 lockdown

Pouring wine

One in four adults reported a change in alcohol use almost immediately after stay-at-home orders were issued, according to a study of twins led by Washington State University researchers.

The study, published recently in Frontiers in Psychiatry, surveyed more than 900 twin pairs from the Washington State Twin Registry from March 26 to April 5, 2020, just after stay-at-home orders were issued in Washington on March 23. An estimated 14% of survey respondents said they drank more alcohol than the week prior and reported higher levels of stress and anxiety than those who did not … » More …

Project aims to increase COVID‑19 testing for Native populations

Dedra

American Indian and Native Alaskan populations have been hit hard by the pandemic—exactly how hard, no one can say for sure, since there is a lack of information and testing in these communities.

A new project led by Dr. Dedra Buchwald, a physician and professor with WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, has received a $4.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to help address that knowledge gap and bring resources to curb the COVID-19 crisis within these populations.

“Many things come together to make American Indians and Native Alaskans particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and … » More …

WSU College of Medicine receives accreditation to launch first residency program in Everett

Providence Regional Medical Center EverettWashington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine today announced that it has earned accreditation to launch its first residency program and is accepting applications immediately.

The WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett, based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, is a three-year residency training program with a focus on primary care. Sixteen resident positions have been approved for the first year; 12 categorical and four preliminary positions will be welcomed in June 2021 with 12 more added each year over three years to cap at 40 total residency positions when fully supported.

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