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Happy holidays and a farewell to an historic year

WSU Spokane campus after first snow 12.15Happy holidays from the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine! As you can see, the WSU Spokane campus is a scenic treasure when the snow is freshly fallen and the sun is shining.

This will be our last blog post for 2015. It has truly been an historic year for WSU’s medical education program. Here are some of the highlights:

During the state legislative session, then-President Elson S. Floyd, WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown and then-Acting Dean Ken Roberts, along with WSU’s government relations people, educated state legislators … » More …

Building a culture and a brand

This is one of the groups participating at a culture building workshop for WSU's Elson S. Floyd Culture of Medicine

About 100 people joined us Thursday on the WSU Spokane campus for a workshop dedicated to building a brand and culture for WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The small group discussions were lively and included College of Medicine faculty and staff, WSU administrators and representatives from the college’s clinical campuses in Vancouver, Everett and the Tri-Cities. In the photo above, Assistant Professor Naomi Chaytor from WSU Spokane’s new Institute for Research and Education to … » More …

New administrators join College of Medicine

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is pleased to introduce three new administrators to the WSU Spokane campus.

Two of the new hires followed Founding Dean John Tomkowiak from their previous employer, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Tomkowiak came to WSU in October. The third administrator came from Washington, D.C.

Yvette Roubideaux

Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, is the new associate dean for diversity, inclusion and leadership. Dr. Roubideaux comes from Washington, D.C., where she recently served in the Obama Administration as the director of the Indian Health Service and … » More …

Another step forward in the push for accreditation

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Vice Dean Ken Roberts and Founding Dean John Tomkowiak celebrate today after electronically sending the WSU College of Medicine accreditation application documents to the accrediting agency.

One more big step toward creating the medical school part of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has been taken.

After months of research, writing and editing, as well as four community meetings in Spokane, Richland, Vancouver and Everett, the process of sending WSU’s application for medical school accreditation was surprisingly low key.

Vice Dean for Academic and Community Partnerships Ken Roberts sat at … » More …

Unlocking the mysteries of Duarte galactosemia

photo of child with bottle for galactosemia blog post

(photo credit: Tarah Tamayo, Flickr, Creative Commons)

A WSU researcher will study whether children with a specific enzyme deficiency can safely drink milk.

Speech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy PotterSpeech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy Potter (pictured, left) is embarking on a new quest designed to help children with a genetic disorder known as Duarte galactosemia (doo-AR-tay guh-LACK-tuh-SEE-me-uh). It’s a genetic variant of a potentially fatal disease known as classic galactosemia.

Potter’s co-investigator, genetics researcher … » More …

College of Medicine faculty on video, TV

Hans Van Dongen screen shot from NHTSA conference video

One of the nice things about our digital age is that it is easier to record live events so you can watch them later. If you have digital recording capabilities with your TV provider, you may appreciate the ability to record a sporting event or your favorite program and watch it when it’s more convenient for you. » More …

Accreditation moves to next phase

WSU College of Medicine Acting Dean Ken Roberts speaks at the first of the four WSU College of Medicine self study sessions.

The accreditation process for the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is moving to the next phase.

College staff and administrators are finishing the first draft of the massive document they must submit to the accrediting agency (the Liaison Committee on Medical Education). That document addresses questions such as future funding and spending for the medical school, the curriculum that will be taught to students and the infrastructure in place to support them. » More …

Sleep researchers talk shop, go fishing

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(from L-R: Professor Fred Turek, guest lecturer from Northwestern University; Professor Marcos Frank, Research Assistant Professor Jason Gerstner, Associate Professor Jonathan Wisor and Clinical Assistant Professor Christopher Davis)

Who says sleep researchers are all work and no play? These five awakened early one morning last week at Hill’s Resort on Priest Lake in northern Idaho for some fishing, a respite among three days of discussions at the first-ever WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center retreat.

A good part of the three-day meeting (the first day was held at WSU Spokane) was spent developing and critiquing proposals for grant funding to support research. » More …