WSU College of Medicine Featured on PBS Crosscut

Pierce Claassen, MD Class of 2024

The WSU College of Medicine and some of its medical students and faculty are featured in a story by PBS Crosscut, a northwest based non-profit news organization. The article and an accompanying video highlight the college’s mission to train more health care providers to serve in rural and medically underserved regions across Washington state.

Fourth-year medical student Pierce Claassen is among those featured. Claassen discusses his deep connection with his own rural community in Clarkston, Washington, and his passion to one day practice close to home.

“There is a profound health care disparity [between Western and Eastern Washington] not only across primary care services, but also surgical and subspeciality services,” Claassen told Crosscut. “We are in need of every single type of physician here in this area.”

The article highlights he many ways the College of Medicine is achieving its mission to grow more local doctors—from admissions to clinical rotations and residency programs across the state. Click the links below to read more and watch the Crosscut Now video.