A 2009 joint task force of Spokane business, higher education and health care leadership (coordinated by the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), Washington State University (WSU) and Greater Spokane Inc.) studied the current and predicted physician shortages in Spokane and eastern Washington, and proposed a plan for expanding undergraduate medical education (UME) in the region to four years with concurrent expansion of graduate medical education (GME). The recommendation is to expand the 40-year WWAMI partnership between WSU and the UWSOM to a four-year medical school at the Riverpoint Campus in Spokane. The task force concluded that, "....in order to make an impact on the current and impending shortages of physicians in Spokane and eastern Washington, the class size in Spokane should be expanded over time to at least 80, and eventually to 100 - 120 students per year."
In March 2010 Tripp Umbach, a Pittsburgh-based consulting firm, was retained to complete a comprehensive community and economic impact report of the existing Riverpoint Campus and health and biomedical programs and those envisioned for an expanded Academic Health Science Center at Riverpoint over a 20-year period. The study measured both the current and future community and economic impacts of the Riverpoint Campus regionally and statewide. The final report also included a "Moving Forward" statement that was presented to the Greater Spokane community in June of 2010. The Moving Forward statement forms the basis for a series of actions taken by a newly created Steering Committee representing a wide range of academic, medical, research, business and civic leaders.
Downolad the Impact Study.
In June of 2013, Tripp-Umbach returned to Spokane to assess the community's progress in growing medical education. Tripp-Umbach's updated study found the community ahead of schedule and approaching projections for 2017.
Download the 2013 Study Presentation.