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Message from Paul Ramsey

Outstanding growth and progress at UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Dear Colleagues:

I had the pleasure of reviewing the 2014 progress report from the UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, which has demonstrated outstanding growth and progress. I greatly appreciate the visionary gift of $10 million from the Cambia Health Foundation that is helping to support this important work. The Center has been renamed the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence (Cambia PCCE) in recognition of this generous support.

Its mission is to improve the palliative care received by UW Medicine patients with life-threatening illness and to provide new knowledge, and educational and clinical resources to improve palliative care regionally, nationally and globally. The Center has 350 members, with more than 110 added in the last year alone.

A few other highlights from the past year:

  • Research members had more than 50 publications and over 25 active research grants funded by NIH or private foundations.
  • Under the leadership of Center Director J. Randall Curtis, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, the University received a T32 grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This is one of the nation’s first  grants to support training for researchers in palliative care. Recruitment for the first class of trainees has begun.
  • In February 2014, UW Medical Center successfully received Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care for its inpatient Palliative Care Service — the only hospital in Washington state to have received this certification in palliative care and one of only 56 certified hospitals in the nation.
  • Dr. Randall Curtis is the director of the the UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.
    Randall Curtis
  • In April 2014, the Center co-hosted the Harborview Medical Center Palliative Care Conference along with Harborview Clinical Education resulting in a sold-out event at Harborview’s Research and Training building.
  • At the Center’s 2nd Annual Community of Educators Retreat, Center Co-Director Anthony Back, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology and keynote speaker, addressed the goals of the retreat: To outline the developmental blueprint of palliative care education in the region and create a shared vision of critical palliative care competencies.
  • The Department of Family Medicine announced the Stuart J. Farber MD and Annalu Farber Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Education. Dr. Farber was the founder of palliative care services at UW Medical Center; more than $500,000 will be raised to fund the professorship.
  • The UW Palliative Care Training Center, funded by a grant from the Cambia Health Foundation, successfully recruited the first 24 of 99 applicants for the inaugural training program. The program, currently led by Ardith Doorenbos, UW professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems in the School of Nursing, and Larry Mauksch, UW senior lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine, launches in March 2015 and targets inpatient and outpatient specialty palliative care.
  • The Cambia PCCE Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core led by Helene Starks, UW associate professor in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, launched a newly awarded three-year, $800,000 grant by the Cambia Health Foundation to develop and implement palliative care quality metrics and a quality dashboard across UW Medicine’s hospitals and outpatient clinic networks.

I urge you to review the progress report from the Center and to contact Drs. Curtis or Back if you would like more information or to become involved. Congratulations and thank you to the entire Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence team that is performing exceptional work to improve the lives of all people who live with chronic and life-limiting illness.


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Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington


One step closer to the eradication of yaws

Yaws is a highly contagious infection prevalent in 12 poor countries.
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Research Yaws

UW researchers are part of a study published Feb. 19 in The New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrates the effectiveness of the strategy proposed by the World Health Organization to eradicate yaws by 2020. One round of mass treatment with single-dose oral azithromycin was shown to greatly reduce the transmission and prevalence of yaws on Lihir Island of Papua New Guinea.

Yaws is a chronic neglected tropical disease that is related to syphilis, but is transmitted, mostly among children, by nonsexual skin-to-skin contact. It primarily affects the skin and bones of children and can cause severe bone deformities in the long term. This highly contagious infection is prevalent in 12 very poor countries in areas where people have little access to healthcare services and live in poor hygienic conditions.

UW study authors include Shelia Lukehart, professor of medicine and global health, whose lab studies the pathogenesis of syphilis and the immune response in humans and animals to Treponema pallidum ( a bacterium with subspecies that cause treponemal diseases such as syphilis, bejel, pinta and yaws); and Charmie Godornes, a research scientist in Lukehart's lab. For more information, see the story on HS NewsBeat.

Lesbians at higher risk for cervical cancer

A confluence of factors raises lesbians' risk of cervical cancer.
Research Lesbians

Lesbians have a higher risk for cervical cancer based on a confluence of factors, according to a UW study published in The Nurse Practitioner. Lindsay Waterman, a nurse practitioner who practices primarily at Valley Medical Center, and Joachim Voss, UW associate professor of biobehavioral nursing and health systems in the School of Nursing, collaborated on a review of previous literature regarding lesbians’ healthcare, human papillomavirus (HPV), women’s risks for cervical cancer and other potential healthcare limitations, such as lack of insurance. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are attributable to HPV.

Research showed that, despite at least four cervical-cancer studies that indicate 77 percent of lesbians have had sex with men, healthcare providers assume that lesbians lack sexual contact with men, and thus often do not encourage lesbian patients to get regular HPV screenings, Waterman said. Clinicians are also unlikely to ask about a woman’s sexual orientation if they are unsure of the answer. For more information, see the story on HS NewsBeat.

Seattle hosts prestigious Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections


Seattle is hosting this year’s annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which brings together top basic, translational and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases. CROI is a global model of collaborative science and the premier international venue for bridging basic and clinical investigation into clinical practice in the field of HIV and related viruses. CROI 2015 will be held from Feb. 23-Feb. 26 at the Washington State Convention Center. Julie Overbaugh, UW associate professor of microbiology, is one of the conference organizers. For more information, see the conference website.

Clinical Care

'The myth of the demanding patient'

A cancer patient. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)
Cancer patient

It turns out that cancer patients are far from demanding, Anthony L. Back, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Oncology, writes in a commentary in JAMA Oncology: In his editorial, 'The myth of the demanding patient,' he notes, “We have to stop blaming patients for being demanding. In reality, it is hardly happening. The myth of the demanding patient is more about our own responses and how lackluster communication skills can contribute to difficult situations that stick in our throats and our memories. And when we have calmed down enough to look up, we see that what is really happening between patients and physicians these days is something quite different. For more information, see the Feb. 12, 2015 article in JAMA Oncology.

See related story:

  • Which doctors should 'own' end-of-life planning? Fox News/Reuters, Feb. 12, 2015
    The duty to guide patients through the end-of-life decision-making process rests squarely upon primary care providers, writes one internist in The New England Journal of Medicine. Anthony L. Back, professor of medicine, comments.

Tim Dellit named medical director of Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will be relying on UW Medicine for help on infectious diseases.
Alaska Air

UW Medicine and Alaska Airlines are pleased to announce a new partnership. Tim Dellit, UW associate professor in medicine in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases and associate dean for clinical affairs, has been named the medical director for Alaska Airlines. Dellit and UW Medicine will provide consultation, particularly in the area of infectious diseases and infection control and will coordinate with Alaska Airlines’ Safety Program in education, training and response to emerging health threats.

The current Ebola outbreak and concern should an airline passenger travel while infected with Ebola provided an opportunity for this collaborative partnership earlier this fall as Dellit along with John Lynch, UW associate professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases worked with Alaska Airlines to review their infection control policies and educate their staff on the virus and how to respond.  Dellit said UW Medicine will provide advice on a wide range of infectious diseases, including measles, TB and influenza. “They want practical advice,” said Dellit. “What is the real risk? How is the disease transmitted?, How do they protect their passengers and crew?”

Surprising reasons behind the growing anti-vaccine movement

Dr. Douglas Diekema discusses historic roots of anti-vaccine movement with KUOW.

Douglas Diekema, UW professor of pediatrics and an emergency room physician at Seattle Children's, spoke on KUOW about the surprising reasons behind the growing anti-vaccine movement. Why is it that wealthy families are more likely not to vaccinate? Diekema said that it's possibly due to the fact that they have more time to "surf the Internet" and come across articles with unreliable sources. He also attributes the rise in the movement to lack of memory about these diseases. He said some families may be opting out because they figure that a high rate of vaccination could protect others. For more on the story, listen to the interview (7:40) on KUOW.

See related story:

  • To get parents to vaccinate their kids, don't ask. Just tell.  NPR, Feb. 10, 2015
    As California's measles outbreak continues to spread beyond state borders, many doctors nationwide are grappling with how best to convince parents to have their children vaccinated. Doug Opel, UW assistant professor of pediatrics, is quoted.

Education and Training

'Decoding the human genome' - a lecture

Dr. John A. Stamatoyannopoulos gets people excited about the human genome.

John A. Stamatoyannopoulos, UW associate professor of genome sciences and medicine, and director of the UW ENCODE Center, delivered a very popular Feb. 12 Science in Medicine lecture, “Decoding the human genome.” His lab focuses on decoding the regulatory circuitry of the human genome through the application of high-throughput molecular and computational technologies.

Stamatoyannopoulous explained why understanding how the human genome functions is important to progress in genomic medicine: “The first phase of the Human Genome Project provided the primary genome sequence and a basic catalog of genes, which occupy only 2 percent of the genome. Every cell in the body has the same genes, but different kinds of cells, such as liver or heart, switch on different combinations of genes. When cells become unhealthy, these combinations change. Understanding how genes turn on and off is therefore vital to deciphering their role in both normal health and disease. The instructions for how genes are controlled are contained in small DNA 'switches' scattered around the 98 percent of the genome that does not contain genes. Mapping and decoding these instructions is a central mission of the ENCODE project and the focus of work at the UW ENCODE Center.” To hear the lecture, go to the Science in Medicine website.

See related story:

  • Scientists shed light on circuits that control genes, New York Times, Feb. 18, 2015.
    More than 200 scientists working on an ambitious federal project have begun to understand the complicated system of switches that regulates genes. John Stamatoyannopoulos, associate professor of genome sciences, is quoted 

UW students team up to help homeless

UW students at Mary's Place.
(Photo courtesy of KOMO TV)
Teeth Toes

Students from UW’s schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry teamed up on President’s Day to pamper, examine the feet and check the teeth of homeless moms and kids at Mary's Place, a homeless shelter in Belltown. The program, “Teeth and Toes,” grew out from the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP) in the Department of Family Medicine. All CHAP projects are student-run. Student leaders coordinate projects for one year and must plan, administer and evaluate their projects, collaborate with the partner community agency, raise funds for supplies and recruit student volunteer teams and faculty. They are mentored in their leadership development and attend pertinent seminars particular to their project by program staff and community partners.

Frederica C. Overstreet, UW assistant professor of family medicine, is the faculty adviser and oversaw students at Mary’s Place. “This is the place where a lot of people get affirmation on why they went into medicine in the first place,” she told KOMO TV. View the story on KOMO TV 4.

Communicating data for impact

IHME Infographic

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) hosted the forum “Communicating Data for Impact” on February 10. This knowledge-café-style event drew data designers, analysts and researchers to examine ways to harness their organizations’ data, create accessible and understandable formats and tell powerful stories through data. Speakers included Deep Dhillon, chief technology officer at Socrata, Inc.; Peter Speyer, IHME’s chief data and technology officer; and Noah Iliinsky, senior product manager for user experience at Amazon Web Services. A webcast of the event can be viewed here.

WWAMI Regional News

Rural healthcare delivery in Wyoming

Wyoming WWAMI first-year students toured Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland.
WWAMI Wheatland

Wyoming WWAMI students received a first-hand look at the unique aspects of rural healthcare delivery in Wyoming through a non-clinical selective course called “Rural Healthcare Delivery.” First-year students in Laramie were given the opportunity to take this course as a result of Wyoming WWAMI joining the Targeted Rural Underserved Track program (TRUST) this year. Seventeen students participated in the course, which serves as an introduction to the rewards and challenges of practicing medicine in a rural environment.

Classroom sessions focused on creating a basic understanding of the clinical, economic, social and ethical realities of rural medical practice, highlighting the differences of practicing and living in rural versus urban communities and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on rural healthcare delivery. Jennifer Rice, a family medicine physician from Buffalo, spoke to the class regarding her career choice of rural family medicine and her experiences practicing in rural communities.

Ty Battershell, emergency medicine physician at Wheatland Medical Clinic, speaks with the Wyoming WWAMI students.
WWAMI emergency

The students went on a day-long field trip, driving 75 miles from Laramie to Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming, population 3,600. The students toured the facility as well as the community clinic and visited with Ty Battershell, emergency medicine physician, about the challenges of providing trauma and emergency medical care in a small rural community hospital. The class also spent time visiting with Lauri Palmer, a family physician in Wheatland, about the rewards and obstacles to small town practice.

After lunch at the hospital the group traveled to Cheyenne to visit the Cheyenne Family Medicine Residency. The students met with Program Director Ron Malm to discuss opportunities in family medicine as well as the residency application process, before returning to Laramie.


William Catterall

Biophysical Society gives Kenneth S. Cole Award to UW researchers

William Catterall, UW professor and chair of pharmacology, and Todd Scheuer, UW research professor of pharmacology, received the 2015 Kenneth S. Cole Award in membrane biophysics from the Biophysical Society. Walter Stühmer, who did postdoc work in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UW, and is the director of the Molecular Biology of Neuronal Signals at the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine in Germany, also shares the award. Cole is a well-known physicist and a founder of the Biophysical Society. This year’s winners join 44 past recipients of this prestigious award.

Todd Scheuer

According to the Biophysical Society, “Scheuer joined Catterall’s group at a pivotal point in the history of ion channel research…Over the past 25 years, this team has made seminal contributions to our understanding of sodium and calcium channels at the molecular and structural level.”

The Biophysical Society also noted that Scheuer and Catterall have jointly mentored many postdocs and graduate students who have gone on to establish independent research programs at universities and industrial settings throughout the world. For more on their contributions to membrane biophysics, see the article in the Biophysical Society Newsletter.


Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Harborview awarded Gold Beacon by nursing association

Awards Cardiac

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses awarded a gold-level Beacon Award for excellence to the Medical Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses six healthy work environment standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with gold, silver or bronze designations meet national criteria consistent with Magnet Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others on their journey to excellent patient and family care,” said Vicki Good, president of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

14 UW researchers win Innovation Awards

Jasmine Zia, a gastroenteroly physician, is one of 14 UW researchers to win awards.
Jasmine Zia

The University of Washington chose 14 researchers across campus to receive this year’s UW Innovation Awards. Health sciences winners include: Roger Vilardaga, acting assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences; Jasmine Zia, acting instructor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology; Houra Merrikh, assistant professor of microbiology; and Larry Zweifel, assistant professor of pharmacology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

The awards are given to encourage early and mid-career scientists to pursue projects that may not yet qualify for outside funding, but show future promise and will engage students in innovative, creative work.

“These are some of the most creative thinkers in our midst and are at the heart of the UW’s innovation ecosystem. We congratulate them for fueling the innovative research and education that is working toward a world of good,” said Provost Ana Mari Cauce. Over the next two years, $1.3 million will be distributed among five individuals or teams in the Innovation Research Award category, which supports “unusually creative” faculty members in engineering, health and natural and social sciences, and their research projects. Read more about their projects in UW Today.


Mini-Medical School, Feb. 3-March 10

UW Medicine’s 2015 Mini-Medical School takes place at 7 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays from Feb. 3 through March 10 in Hogness Auditorium. Session topics: Feb. 3) Scalpel. Clamp. Sutures. What does it take to become a surgeon? Feb. 10) Depression and anxiety – What your neighbors (and society) are not talking about. Feb. 17) The healthy brain – Live smart and stay sharp at any age. Feb. 24) Tackling twin epidemics: New innovations to fight obesity and diabetes. March 3) First Responders – Saving lives when minutes matter! March 10) One Health: Animals, humans and the environment. For more information and to register, please see the Mini-Medical School website.

Town Hall meetings with Paul Ramsey, CEO, UW Medicine, Feb. 5-April 

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine, will host a series of town hall meetings to give an overview of the progress and plans for UW Medicine and then answer questions. The meetings will replace the annual address for 2015.
* Health Sciences Building, 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, Hogness Auditorium
* Northwest Hospital, March 19, 2015, 3:00-4:00 p.m., E-Wing Auditorium
* UW Medical Center, March 23, 2015, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hogness Auditorium
* Seattle Children’s, March 13, 8:00-9:00 a.m., Wright Auditorium (New Date)
* Harborview Medical Center, March 24, 2015, 10-11 a.m., HMC R&T Auditorium
Please contact Julie Monteith with any questions at jspiro@uw.edu.

Washington Global Health Alliance lecture series, 'Scaling Up Mental Health Services in Challenging Environments: Liberia, A Case Study,' Feb. 23

Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann, director of the mental health program for The Carter Center, will give the lecture from 5-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, Foege Auditorium, 060, UW Genome Science Building. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health working in all aspects including clinical practice, research, research management, policy development and administration at the national level, including as senior adviser for mental health for the World Health Organization.

A special launch celebration of the People’s Health Movement’s Global Health Watch 4, Feb. 25

The Global Health Watch is widely perceived as the definitive voice for an alternative discourse on health. It integrates rigorous analysis, alternative proposals and stories of struggles and change to present a compelling case for the imperative to work for a radical transformation of the way we approach actions and policies on health. It is designed to question present policies on health and to propose alternatives. Global Health Watch 4 is a collaborative effort by activists and academics from across the world, and has been coordinated by the People’s Health Movement, Asociacion Latino-americana de Medicina Social, Health Action International, Third World Network and Medact. This event is co-sponsored by Doctors for Global Health, Health Alliance International, People’s Health Movement and the UW Department of Global Health. The event is from 5-7 p.m. in the Walker Ames Room of Kane Hall.

21st Annual Department of Surgery Research Symposium & Schilling Lecture ('Surgical Research! Really?'), Feb. 27

Walter J. Pories, professor of surgery and biochemistry and director of the Metabolic Institute at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., will provide an overview of the development of bariatric surgery and discuss the mechanisms underlying the remission of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. As a cartoonist, he may enliven the discussion with some thoughts about surgical research. Research symposium from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. UW Auditorium. Lecture 3:30 p.m., UW Auditorium. For more information, see the Department of Surgery website.

'Global and Domestic Leprosy: A Look at Hansen’s Disease Today,' March 10

Speaker is David M. Scollard, MD, PhD, Chief, Clinical Branch National Hansen's Disease Programs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The event is 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in Health Sciences T-553.


Pilot funding for projects on prostate cancer research, March 2

The Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE is a group of four prominent research institutions working together toward a common goal of eradicating prostate cancer. Funding priority will be given to proposals that are multidisciplinary, likely to lead to submission of grant applications for independently funded investigations and have translational potential. For more information, please see the website.

Continuing Medical Education

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In the News
Articles which feature UW Medicine and Health Sciences faculty and students.

  • The benefits of bath time for babiesU.S. News & World Report , Feb. 18, 2015
    Baby squeals and splashes sure are cute, but baths stimulate children's development, too. Andrew Meltzoff, co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, is quoted.
  • Women now lead some of the region's largest hospitals, colleges, Puget Sound Business Journal, Feb. 17, 2015
    In the fields of health care and education, where a huge number of women comprise the work force, it's less common that they are represented as C-level executives. UW interim presidents Ana Mari Cauce and Phyllis Wise are featured.
  • Block that sperm!, The Atlantic, Feb. 16, 2015
    The Atlantic looks at the future of birth control, from remote-controlled implants to a pill for men. John Amory, professor of general internal medicine, is quoted.
  • Fatal accidents as a global health crisis, The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2015
    Worried about what to worry about? Accidents should move higher up your list. The New York Times digs into research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to look at the health impact of accidents.  
  • UW spinout Stasys Medical Corp. raises $1.5M for blood clot technology, Puget Sound Business Journal, Feb. 13, 2015
    Severely injured patients rushed into the emergency room for treatment face a staggering challenge: One in four risks death from bleeding. UW researchers may have found a way to help decrease that statistic. They now have some financing behind them.
  • Q&A: Blocks, play, screen time and the infant mind, KUOW, Feb. 12, 2015
    KUOW talks with Dimitri Christakis, professor of pediatrics, about the way young children learn and how their minds develop.
  • Does a real anti-aging pill already exist? Bloomberg, Feb. 12, 2015
    Pharmacological history is full of substances that have been purported to delay aging or lengthen life span, but until rapamycin nothing has actually worked in clinical studies. Matt Kaeberlein, assistant professor of pathology, is quoted.
  • Should I eat pizza? Time, Feb. 12, 2015
    Time's weekly "Should I Eat This?" feature asks five experts nutrition questions. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, comments on a question about pizza.
  • Heroin summit at UW reveals growing epidemic, increase in crime, KIRO TV 7, Feb. 10, 2015
    Experts on heroin gathered at the UW on Monday to reveal an epidemic being fueled in Western Washington by young adults and three Mexican drug cartels. They said it all goes back to prescription painkiller addiction.
  • A never-ending genetic quest, The New York Times, Feb. 9, 2015
    The New York Times talks with Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine
  • Can 'superdonors' revolutionize transplant medicine? Cellular dynamics takes a small step, Forbes, Feb. 9, 2015
    Scientists have known for years there are people in the world with a rare gift -- their cells look innocuous to the immune systems of many other people. What if they became "superdonors?" Chuck Murry, professor of pathology, is quoted.  
  • UW to fund early detection program for autism, My Northwest, Feb. 9, 2015
    The UW was recently given a $3.9 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to find an innovative way to increase the likelihood of early detection in local children.
  • There once was a birth control pill for men --?until whiskey got in the way,  KPLU, Feb. 7, 2015
    Back in the early 1960s, researchers from the University of Oregon and the UW created a drug that stopped the production of sperm. John Amory, professor of general internal medicine, is quoted
  • Treating low testosterone: Weighing risks and benefits, U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 6, 2015
    Physicians who treat low testosterone say the condition is far more complex than the commercials make it seem. Bradley Anawalt, chief of medicine, is quoted.

    Spokane Medical Education
  • WSU, UW questioned on medical school budgets, Spokesman-Review, Feb. 19, 2015
    The Ways and Means Committee, which is charged with writing the budget for the two universities, had tough questions for both schools on their cost estimates to increase the number of slots for medical students in Spokane.
  • Senate Higher Ed panel also OKs WSU med school bill, Spokesman-Review, Feb. 17, 2015
    Washington State University's plans for a medical school in Spokane took a second step forward as a Senate panel passed the bill adding that authority to state law
  • Inslee on WSU med school bills: No promises, no threats, Spokesman-Review, Feb. 13, 2015
    Gov. Jay Inslee continued to hedge on his preference for expanded medical education in Spokane, saying today he wouldn't promise to sign or threaten to veto bills that would give WSU legal authority to start its own med school.
  • WSU med school bills advance, Spokesman-Review, Feb. 11, 2015
    Washington State University is two steps closer to starting its own medical school in Spokane.
  • WSU to lawmakers: Medical school won't face religious limits, Seattle Times, Feb. 10, 2015
    Washington State University has offered written assurances to state lawmakers that training at its proposed medical school won't be limited by partnerships with religiously affiliated hospitals.
  • WSU medical school bill hits snag over reproductive health, Everett Herald, Feb. 8, 2015
    A widely supported bill to let WSU open a medical school in Spokane hit a snag when a lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care because of its partnerships with religious hospitals.