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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 …

First WSU residency program welcomes inaugural class

Internal Medicine Residency-EverettAs WSU medical students tore open their virtual Match Day envelopes today to learn where they matched for residency, the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program – Everett simultaneously learned which 16 individuals from across the country will make up the inaugural class of its residents.

Those selected include eight from the Pacific Northwest – six of whom are from Washington – and 10 from rural and underserved backgrounds, as well as a range of allopathic, osteopathic, traditional, and non-traditional medical school experiences.

The program, which earned accreditation and began receiving applications for their coveted … » More …

WSU College of Medicine to celebrate first Match Day with virtual celebration

Phoebe ThamThe WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is hosting its first Match Day ceremony for the inaugural class of medical students that will graduate this spring at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 19.

Match Day is a major milestone for 4th year medical students in which the National Resident Matching Program notifies graduating medical students across the country about which residency program they have been “matched” to. For several months, students have been applying and interviewing for these coveted spots in their medical specialties of choice. At exactly 9 a.m. PST on the third Friday in March, every … » More …

Faculty Feature: Dr. Roger Bush

Roger BushDr. Roger Bush, MD, MACP, SFHM

Associate Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program – Everett

What drew you into this field?
I was drawn to medical education by two motives. I have always been uneasy with my own medical knowledge, both its accuracy and staying current; an anxiety salved by participation in a learning community. I have also always been frustrated and dissatisfied by the quality, value, and humanity of medical care as experienced, and I see young physicians as our best investment in improving that care and its value, quality, and reliability.

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Standardized patients bring real world experiences to medical student training

Standardized PatientsFor some, becoming a standardized patient for the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine began as a way to make some extra cash, for others it was a mission borne of their own experiences in the medical field. No matter the reason, the college’s standardized patients are passionate about one thing: educating the next generation of doctors for Washington.

Launched in 2018 as part of the Virtual Clinical Center, the WSU College of Medicine’s standardized patient program trains individuals from across Washington – primarily in clinical campus locations in Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver … » More …

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 … » 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 … » 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 … » More …