More doctors in the first years of their training will study in on the east side of the Cascades than the west, a move that could help expand the number of physicians practicing in Eastern Washington.
The Seattle area’s concentration of hospitals, clinics and people has long made it the epicenter of medical education in this state. But due partly to Washington State University’s legislative win this year — which gave it money and the go-ahead to open a new medical school in Spokane — the center for early medical education is beginning to tip east.
If all goes as planned, Washington State University Spokane will open a new medical school in fall 2017 — likely named for Elson Floyd, the late WSU president who fought to make it happen even while he was dying of colon cancer this spring.
Meanwhile, the University of Washington’s School of Medicine plans to more than double the size of its Spokane medical-education program.