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The most wonderful time of the year

WSU Spokane students show off their diplomas after the 2015 commencement ceremony.

Do you know that song that Andy Williams sings at Christmas, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”?

For graduating WSU Spokane students, today is the “most wonderful time of the year.” All that hard work, those long hours of class and study, will pay off when students walk across the stage during this afternoon’s commencement ceremony to collect their coveted diplomas.

Then what? Many students already have jobs lined up, many will begin looking for work, some will delay the job search and … » More …

College of Medicine people in the spotlight

We thought we’d take a minute to recognize people from the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine who have been in the spotlight recently.

Dean-John-Tomkowiak12Founding Dean John Tomkowiak recently participated in a Better Health podcast sponsored by Spokane Talks Online. The dean talked with host Sue Lani Madsen about how WSU’s new medical school and where it will be a leader in the American medical education system. He talks about how the school will teach students about how to best use technology in caring for patients.




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Teaching students about careers in medicine

College of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professors Radha Nandagopal, Chris Davis and Henry Mroch preside over a panel discussion about careers in medicine at Spokane's West Valley High School on April 25, 2016.

(Photo by Cori Medeiros)

At Spokane’s West Valley High School on Monday, students learned what it was like to be a doctor from Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Clinical Assistant Professors Radha Nandagopal (left), MD, and Henry Mroch (right), MD. They also learned about doing research from Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Davis (center), PhD. And they asked questions about how to start the process … » More …

Program ensures bodies for study

A WSU College of Medicine marketing photo features a look at the anatomy lab, including tables where students examine cadavers, and a monitor showing a catscan of a human skull.

WSU’s new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is procuring the resources it will eventually need after it receives permission to admit students.

Clinical faculty to serve as teachers? Check. The college has hired more than 40 local physicians to create and teach the curriculum. It has also hired administrators and support staff with more on the way.

Facilities? Check. The college is good for now, with … » More …

Dean speaks at life sciences summit

This is a photo of one of the examples of the "smart watches" used by people around the world to monitor their health and fitness.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine wants to be a leader in training doctors to practice in the rapidly changing world of health care technology, especially when it comes to caring for people in rural and urban underserved areas.

Founding Dean John Tomkowiak touched on “the areas we want to play in” during the keynote address at the Life Science Leadership Summit today on the WSU Spokane campus. The summit is … » More …

A new tool to explain cleft palate surgeries


This is a screen shot of a Spanish-language video that will help explain cleft palate surgeries to parents of Guatemalan children with the condition.

When WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinical Associate Professor Amy Meredith and her students travel to rural Guatemala during spring break each March, they play an important support role.

They work to educate families of children with cleft palate about speech, language, hearing and feeding. The families are chosen for operations by surgeons from the U.S. The physicians volunteer their time with the medical mission group … » More …

Visiting professor makes an impression

Visiting Professor Dr. Mallory Williams speaks to biomedical students at Spokane's Rogers High School.

For the last month, an exhibit from the National Library of Medicine highlighting the work of contemporary African American academic surgeons has occupied part of the library on the WSU Spokane campus. Today, the presence in Spokane of one of those surgeons added a new dimension to the exhibit.

Dr. Mallory Williams is the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s first visiting professor. He is a professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care … » More …

Another step toward accreditation

A table display related to the WSU College of Medicine sell study document needed for accreditation, as it sits on a table at the self-study meeting in Richland.

Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has taken another major step toward accreditation.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which is the national accrediting agency for allopathic medical schools in the U.S. and Canada, has granted the college “candidate” status. That means the agency has reviewed the foundational documents submitted by the college in December and agreed to visit WSU Spokane sometime this spring or … » More …

Read about our accreditation progress

Vice Dean Ken Roberts shows the timeline for WSU's medical school accreditation at a public meeting in Everett in October 2015.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is working to secure national accreditation for WSU’s new medical school. In the photo above, Vice Dean Ken Roberts explains the timetable to a group of community leaders in Everett, where one of the new school’s clinical campuses will be located.

If you’re interested in learning more about the college’s progress toward accreditation, you can see an updated timeline, read more about the standards the school must … » More …

Kudos to two of our own

Jessica Gerdes, the assistant to College of Medicine Vice Deans Ken Roberts and Yvette Roubideaux, accepts her honors as 2015 WSU Spokane Civil Service Employee Excellence Award.

Two WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine employees have won university awards in the last few days for their fine work.

Today, Jessica Gerdes (third from the right in the photo) was honored as the top WSU Spokane civil service employee for 2015. Gerdes has had many roles during her 2 1/2 years in what is now the College of Medicine. She recently took a new position as the assistant to … » More …