Second-year pilot program to start in August
In August 2013, WSU Spokane will welcome its first class of second-year medical students in the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI program. They will be the first second-year students to study in Spokane as part of a two-year pilot project that will test a new small-group, case-based curriculum. There are currently 17 students signed up for the second year in Spokane; 20 seats are available. Fifteen of the 17 started their medical education in Spokane and chose to stay, rather than go back to Seattle for the traditional second-year program.
The second-year curriculum in Spokane will offer the same courses as in Seattle, but will be taught in a small group format. The courses will be led by practicing clinicians that we call clinical guides. The guides will teach in small groups using case studies and active learning modalities.
WWAMI Spokane Director Ken Roberts talks about the second-year medical education in Spokane.
New home for Medical Sciences to open in late fall 2013
Construction crews expect to have WSU Spokane’s new Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building ready for occupancy by November 2013. The building will house students, faculty and staff for Medical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Classes are scheduled to start in the new building in January 2014.
About Medical Sciences
The Medical Sciences faculty are engaged in teaching graduate students, post doctoral faculty and medical students, and in biomedical research in a number of different fields including neuroscience, molecular biology, biochemical genetics and more. The Medical Sciences has a microscopy core facility for use by campus and community researchers, and is home to the nationally recognized Sleep and Performance Research Center and to the WWAMI Medical Education program in Spokane. WWAMI is a partnership between WSU and the University of Washington School of Medicine that educates new physicians and offers a specialty education track for those interested in working in the rural and underserved areas.