The Academic Health Science Center at Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus is more than a medical school. It’s about transforming the future of health care with a new kind of teaching and research center that will be an economic game changer for the region. It’s a partnership between WSU, UW, EWU and our strong health care and business community.
What is it?
- It’s an interprofessional approach to learning, where aspiring doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and other health professionals practice together.
- It’s a statewide approach to addressing Washington’s growing health care professional shortage and keeping our health care talent here.
- At full maturity, it’s an innovation economy engine to create thousands of jobs with a potential $2.1 billion annual statewide economic impact; $1.6 billion of that impact would come in eastern/central Washington.
- It’s research that takes knowledge from basic science all the way to improved health outcomes. That will both improve the quality of health care delivery and create new business ideas.
- Advocate for operating funds to sustain the second year of medical studies in Spokane.
- Consolidate the WSU College of Pharmacy in Spokane, which means moving around 200 students and faculty/staff from Pullman.
- Increase the number of students admitted to WWAMI Spokane to 100-120 students a year.
- Recruit new faculty to Spokane.
- Increase the number of residency slots allotted to eastern and central Washington.
- Continue to build allied and public health programs.