Washington State University will welcome its first class of 60 medical students to the Spokane campus in August.
The University of Washington wants to top that.
Through a partnership with Gonzaga University, UW welcomed a class of 60 first-year and 40 second-year medical students in Spokane last fall. Now UW is asking the Legislature for money to add 20 students per graduating class.
Leaders from Gonzaga and UW said the requested $9.3 million would enable them to accept a class of 80 medical students in Spokane as early as August.
They called it another important step in reducing the region’s physician shortage.