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Native American scholarship reaches endowment level

A scholarship for Native American students in Washington State University’s Speech and Hearing Sciences program has reached the endowment level and will create a lasting legacy for its namesake — the late J. Richard Franks, Ph.D., a former professor and leader in the department.

Franks saw that Native Americans were vastly under-represented in the field and took action to change that. He secured U.S. Department of Education funding in the 1980s which established the foundation for WSU’s Native American professional preparation program in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Over a 25-year period, Franks was actively involved in the department’s efforts to recruit and … » More …

Preliminary accreditation received

On October 18, 2016, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine passed a pivotal milestone. It received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The College can now begin to recruit its charter class of 60 students.

Accreditation marks the culmination of more than a year of work that united the College with communities across the state. Together, we have created an infrastructure for health care education and delivery that is “bold, audacious, and visionary.”

Those three words, spoken by the late Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd, capture the essence of his idea for a second public medical school in the … » More …

Creating opportunities for the charter class

Fritz and Julie (Twohy) Clarke have longstanding relationships with Washington State University and Spokane’s University District. Their connections inspired them to create a scholarship fund that supports the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine charter class.

The Clarkes’ generous donation helps underwrite the cost of medical school for incoming students. The average U.S. medical school graduate incurs debt approaching $170,000 before even beginning a career, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

By relieving student debt, the Owen F. and Julia K. Clarke, Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship in Medicine will play a critical role in supporting recruitment of the most qualified and compassionate students … » More …

WSU Medical School Granted Preliminary LCME Accreditation

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University today received preliminary accreditation—a major milestone that keeps the college on track to enroll its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting agency for MD-granting medical schools in the United States and Canada, communicated news of the preliminary accreditation to John Tomkowiak, M.D., MOL, the founding dean of the Floyd College of Medicine, earlier today.

“This is a significant moment in Washington State University’s 126-year history,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “It puts us one step … » More …

WSU Tri-Cities readies itself for medical school

A view of the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU Tri-Cities is growing in many ways as it prepares to become one of the clinical campuses for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

There is growth in the number of students who attend class on campus. There is physical growth with two new projects designed for students under construction on campus. And there is growth in the number and quality of the academic programs offered.

WSU Tri-Cities uses a polytechnic approach with a hands-on, career-focused approach. It offers 19 undergraduate and 33 graduate degrees in programs that range … » More …

Frank returns from prestigious speaking trip

Professor Marcos Frank in his laboratory.

If you’re a university faculty member, one of the benefits of being good at your work is that people ask you to visit them and give presentations. Many Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty members are asked to do outside speaking engagements, sometimes overseas. For some it has become routine, for others, it’s still a big deal.

For Department of Biomedical Sciences Chair and Professor Marcos Frank, who has built a good name for himself in the world sleep research community, it’s a little of both. Frank frequently receives speaking … » More …

Three new deans join the college

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University has added three new administrators.

Ann Poznanski is the associate dean for curriculum at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.Ann Poznanski is the college’s new associate dean of curriculum. Ralitsa Akins takes over as associate dean of faculty talent, recognition and enhancement. Dawn Cooper has become the interim assistant dean of medical student scholarship.

Poznanski and Akins both come to WSU from the California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, near Sacramento.

In California Ann Poznanski says she helped her medical school develop … » More …

Researching rowers’ sleep habits

This is former WSU graduate sleep researcher Amy Bender.Lisa Roman is a WSU graduate who rowed on the Canadian 'women's eight' 2016 Summer Olympic team.Many of us cheered on our favorite athletes and teams during the recently completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Former WSU sleep research assistant Amy Bender (left) had a rooting interest in the Canadian “women’s eight” rowing team (eight rowers plus coxswain). After earning her Ph.D. from WSU in 2015, Bender became a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary and the Centre for … » More …

Goodbye to Roy Almeida

Roy AlmeidaLast week we wrote about a visiting College of Medicine faculty member from Norway (Janne Grønli) who recently departed after two years at WSU Spokane. This week, we add a second name to our “So long, it’s been good to know you” list.

Roy Almeida, DrPH, is an epidemiologist who was the co-chair of the team that is creating the microbiology and infectious disease course for the WSU medical school. He has taught those subjects to University of Washington medical students in Spokane since January 2009.

Now he’s moving south to Florida where he will teach … » More …

John Roll becomes permanent vice dean

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has named John Roll, Ph.D., as its new Vice Dean for Research. The appointment makes permanent Roll’s position within the college; he has for several months served as the Interim Vice Dean for Research.

Roll will be responsible for promoting and overseeing the college’s faculty research. He will also work with the dean and other administrators to develop a strategic plan to guide the growth and diversification of research in the College of Medicine.

In conjunction with this Roll has also been named as the university’s … » More …