What began as an audacious dream of WSU’s beloved late president has now become a reality. In October, a new WSU medical school bearing President Elson S. Floyd’s name, received preliminary accreditation and joined the Association of American Medical Colleges. As of December, the new college has received over 700 applications. From this pool, only 60 applicants will be admitted. The inaugural class will begin in the Fall of 2017.
The new college will embark on an innovative approach to medical education: with an eye on WSU’s land grant mission, President Floyd envisioned a medical college that would address the acute shortage of physicians in Washington’s under-served rural communities. In lieu of creating a centralized teaching hospital, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will embrace a community-based model where students will learn medicine in diverse communities across the state.