Grand opening of our new home
Join us December 6 as WSU Medical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy celebrate the formal opening of our new home: the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building. A dedication ceremony will start at 1:30, followed by tours of the facility and a 4 pm dedication of a stunning new art exhibit in the building. The public is invited to attend; please let us know if you’ll be joining us.
The building will house students, faculty and staff for Medical Sciences and the College of Pharmacy. Spring semester classes are scheduled to start in the new building in January 2014.
Welcome new regional dean
The University of Washington School of Medicine has named Dr. Darryl Potyk as its new assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane. Potyk has been working as the assistant director at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane; he will continue in that role part-time.
He replaces longtime Spokane physician Dr. Deb Harper, who steps down after eight years. She will continue to work with medical students in clinical settings.
Potyk joins fellow assistant dean Dr. John McCarthy at WSU Spokane in developing and maintaining relationships with eastern and central Washington clinics and hospitals where medical students learn and practice their skills. McCarthy says Potyk will be responsible for the third- and fourth-year medical students within the Spokane area. They work exclusively in clinical settings. He will work closely with the “TRACK” students (those who spend most or all of their year in Spokane) as well as with the students who rotate in and out of town for selected clerkships.
Second-year pilot program under way
WSU Spokane welcomes its first class of second-year medical students in the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) program. They are the first second-year students to study in Spokane as part of a two-year pilot project that will test a new small-group, case-based curriculum. Fifteen of the 19 started their medical education in Spokane and chose to stay, rather than go back to Seattle for the traditional second-year program. Two join us from the Pullman WWAMI program, two from Montana.
The second-year curriculum in Spokane offers the same courses as in Seattle, but are taught in a small group format. The courses are led by practicing clinicians that we call clinical guides. The guides teach in small groups using case studies and active learning modalities.
About Medical Sciences
The Medical Sciences faculty are engaged in teaching graduate students, post doctoral faculty and medical students, and in biomedical research in a number of different fields including neuroscience, molecular biology, biochemical genetics and more. The Medical Sciences has a microscopy core facility for use by campus and community researchers, and is home to the nationally recognized Sleep and Performance Research Center and to the WWAMI Medical Education program in Spokane. WWAMI is a partnership between WSU and the University of Washington School of Medicine that educates new physicians and offers a specialty education track for those interested in working in the rural and underserved areas.
What's new with Medical Sciences
Medical Sciences’ first-year education program will grow in fall of 2014. Read more
Interested in donating your body for anatomical study by medical students? Please consider the Willed Body program.