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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 … » More …

Star-shaped brain cells may hold the key to why, how we sleep

Frank and Ingiosi in labA new study published today in the journal Current Biology suggests that star-shaped brain cells known as astrocytes could be as important to the regulation of sleep as neurons, the brain’s nerve cells.

Led by researchers at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, the study builds new momentum toward ultimately solving the mystery of why we sleep and how sleep works in the brain. The discovery may also set the stage for potential future treatment strategies for sleep disorders and neurological diseases and other conditions associated with troubled sleep, such as PTSD, … » More …

Serving the Cougar community from the ground up

Dupree Building Specialties and its leadership have longstanding relationships with Washington State UDuniversity as well as Spokane’s University District. Their connections to the University inspired the Dupree Building Specialties Endowed Scholarship.


Dupree Building Specialties Endowed Scholarship


Established by Mike Leslie, David Barber, Chris Leslie and Reece Ham, the Dupree scholarship supports a WSU undergraduate and their future with the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

“We’re going to have great doctors in our region—ones that have a … » More …

WSU College of Medicine receives HRSA grant to create new rural residency program

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has been informed it will receive a nearly $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a new rural residency program.

The Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant will be used as start-up funding for a family medicine residency program at Pullman Regional Hospital.

“WSU is working closely with numerous partners to expand rural residency opportunities in eastern Washington,” said WSU President Kirk Schultz. “This funding is an exciting step in our collective goal to address rural health care … » More …

Medical school achieves another milestone

When former WSU President Elson Floyd envisioned a Washington State University medical school, he had big dreams. He spoke about training more doctors in Washington to alleviate the state’s physician shortage and about using WSU’s stature as the state’s land-grant university to extend the new school’s influence into every county.

This week, the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine achieved another significant milestone toward that goal when it was granted provisional accreditation.

“This accreditation is the culmination of thousands of hours of diligent work by faculty, staff and students, and speaks to the support and advocacy of … » More …

WSU med students to begin training in hospitals and clinics across Washington

Starting June 24, patients and community members across the state will see some new faces in white coats as the inaugural class of medical students from the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine begin their clinical training as third‑year medical students.

The third‑year clinical training, called the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), is a unique feature of the College of Medicine’s curriculum that focuses on giving students experience in the comprehensive clinical care of patients. The WSU College of Medicine is one of the first in the country to employ the LIC model for all third‑year medical students.

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WSU study links gene to sleep problems in autism

ResearchersBy Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has been as much of a mystery as the exact causes of ASD, which scientists are still working to unravel. A new study led by a team of neuroscientists at Washington State University has brought scientists closer to identifying the causes of disturbed sleep in autism, which could open the door to future treatment that would bring relief to children … » More …

Special journal issue highlights shift work science, solutions

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane Office of Research

Shift work and non-standard work schedules are increasingly common as employers strive to meet the demands of a 24/7 society. It’s estimated that up to a quarter of the workforce in developed countries has non-standard working times. While these types of work schedules provide clear economic benefits, they also come with issues related to insufficient sleep, misalignment of the biological clock, and other factors that influence the safety, health and well-being of workers.

“The effects of shift work on workers, organizations, and communities are complex, and it has been difficult to … » More …

Undergrad Nutrition and Exercise Physiology degree earns initial accreditation

Washington State University’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology was awarded initial accreditation for its bachelor of science in nutrition and exercise physiology degree program by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences, under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

NEP, which is part of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, is the first exercise science program to be accredited by Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences in Washington and one of only 62 accredited programs in the U.S.

“Earning this accreditation is a major accomplishment for our program and gives us a competitive edge here … » More …

Report shows mortality, health disparities in Washington

ResearchersResearchers at Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine released a new report that shows eastern Washington counties suffer from higher mortality rates in nine out of 10 of the state’s leading causes of death than western Washington counties.

The report, which uses interactive data visualization, compares health outcomes in eastern and western Washington. Researchers plan to use the data to understand the unique health and social issues of eastern Washington versus those in western Washington, and as a baseline to track and monitor the impact … » More …