The history and advancements of Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine were recently highlighted on the state’s public affairs network.
TVW’s Field Report, hosted by Angela Nolasco, delved into the origins and mission of the College of Medicine as part of their latest episode, which is available online.
Central to the founding of WSU’s medical school was the need to address critical shortages of doctors among rural communities across the state.
“When the medical school was really envisioned, it was really meant to serve the parts of the state that maybe hadn’t been best served up until now,” Dr. John Tomkowiak, dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, said. “And as we’ve built this medical school, we recognized that we need to bring top-tier research that is really focused on our communities.”
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine was founded in 2015 on WSU’s Spokane campus after legislation was approved allowing for a second public medical school in the state.
The college’s inaugural class of physicians graduated this summer, many from rural communities or who are the first in their family to graduate from college.
To learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visit its website.