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Darryl Potyk named WWAMI medical administrator at WSU Spokane


SPOKANE, Wash. – The University of Washington School of Medicine has named Dr. Darryl Potyk assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane.

He replaces longtime Spokane physician Dr. Deb Harper who steps down after eight years. She will continue to work with medical students in clinical settings.

Potyk joins fellow assistant dean Dr. John McCarthy at WSU Spokane in developing and maintaining relationships with eastern and central Washington clinics and hospitals where medical students learn and practice their skills.

He has been working as assistant director at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane; he will continue in that role part-time.

“He brings an appreciation of the complexity of development and sustenance of graduate medical education programs (residencies), as well as a significant connectedness with the Spokane community,” said McCarthy. “His organizational skills will be appreciated as will his leadership and relationships within the community.”

Potyk will be responsible for the third- and fourth-year medical students within the Spokane area. They work exclusively in clinical settings. He will work closely with the “TRACK” students (those who spend most or all of their year in Spokane) as well as with the students who rotate in and out of town for selected clerkships.

He comes to WSU Spokane at a time of high medical education activity. Twenty first-year medical students began class in August. Next year, the first-year class will expand to 40 as the WWAMI program in Pullman moves to Spokane.

Also, an inaugural class of 19 second-year students has begun class on the WSU Spokane campus.

About WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane is Washington State University’s urban health sciences campus. Located in the heart of the University District near downtown Spokane, WSU Spokane prepares the state’s future generations of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals and houses world-class research that leads to healthier people and communities. Learn more about WSU’s growing health sciences campus at


Darryl Potyk, assistant regional dean, UW School of Medicine, 509-358-7796,

John McCarthy, assistant regional dean, UW School of Medicine, 509-358-7795,

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