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60 Students, One Big Mission: How The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Changing Our State

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Spokane

Here is something that we know: Investments in higher education pay off in a big way. But it’s not every day that our investments—and our support from lawmakers in Olympia—are quite so apparent or amazing as the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

2017 was a pivotal year. The inaugural class of the ESFCOM are beginning their training to become the next generation of incredibly educated and trained medical professionals. Every day, they’re learning with hands-on, community-based experience. Thanks to the support of donors, alumni, lawmakers, and readers like you, the College of Medicine is actively supporting the goals of keeping communities healthy while also addressing the growing need for additional doctors, researchers, and more.

Why the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Matters

Across Washington, the 60 students enrolled at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine are engaging in clinical research and filling gaps in medical care. Clinical partners in all corners of the state actively provide these new doctors with valuable clinical experiences while treating real-world ailments and encouraging wellness for patients in their care. ESFCOM students team up with nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and others in improving the public health of our neighborhoods.

“The class, a group of 60 students who are current residents of, or have significant ties to Washington, represent a population of talented students who would otherwise have been forced to go out of state for their medical educations,” writes ESFCOM’s Kevin Dudley. The class, Dudley adds,“is comprised of a strong percentage of women, low socioeconomic status and first generation students.”

Many of the students in the first class are from rural parts of our very own state, which means they understand the medical needs and the big challenges in ensuring quality health care access for patients wherever they live. They are also great WSU ambassadors for our state—and they wouldn’t have this chance without support from donors.

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

How You Can Help

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is a fantastic example of what can happen when higher education is a funding priority for the state. For a relatively small amount, we are able to impact the lives of tens of thousands of Washingtonians each year while reducing barriers to access and ensuring that there are plenty of medical professionals to serve the next generation.

These are medical professionals who will come up with new ways to treat disease, with novel ways to save on health care costs, and with innovative ways to serve those who need it the most throughout our beautiful yet economically disparate state. But it may be challenging to educate these budding physicians and get them through medical school without adequate funding from Washington’s lawmakers.

If you want to help, the easiest way is to contact your lawmakers and let them know that you believe in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s mission and encourage your state senator and two representatives to continue supporting higher education. We are so grateful that our lawmakers in Olympia have supported exciting new endeavors like WSU’s medical school and we want them to know that you are, too.

If you haven’t already, become a member of WSU Impact and then send your legislators a short email note thanking them for their continued support. We have the digital tools to instantly connect you to your lawmakers and make it easy for you to send a note of appreciation.


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