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Zag 77
02-23-2016, 12:53 PM
Our new best friends in the world are at the University of Washington:

After more than a year of talks, Gonzaga, UW plan big announcement Wednesday


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/feb/23/after-more-than-a-year-of-talks-gonzaga-uw-plan-bi/

Hopefully this portends well for GU undergrads who have some hopes of attending UW Medical School.

Zag 77
02-24-2016, 12:35 PM
Dear Friend,

We are very pleased to share an exciting announcement with you today. The University of Washington (UW) and Gonzaga University (GU) have signed an agreement to enhance and expand medical education and research in Spokane.

Our agreement is focused on two primary objectives. First, Gonzaga joins as a partner with the University of Washington in providing a regional, community-based medical education program, and second, it sets in motion plans to advance health related research, entrepreneurship, and interdisciplinary health sciences teaching in Spokane.

Gonzaga will partner with the UW School of Medicine to provide medical education to students on its campus in Spokane. Starting this coming fall, the University of Washington School of Medicine in Spokane will welcome its largest-ever entering class to dedicated facilities on the Gonzaga University campus. Gonzaga faculty will have the opportunity to recruit, teach and mentor medical students together with UW faculty utilizing UW’s new, award-winning medical curriculum.

Additionally, we will embark on a broader Regional Health Initiative to develop high-impact applied research and interdisciplinary health teaching in new shared facilities that support our collaborative endeavors.

A dedicated executive director at Gonzaga, UW School of Medicine leadership in Spokane, and a new Community Advisory Board will guide the development of the partnership.

Together, we will build on the UW’s 40-year history in eastern Washington — and recognition as one of the nation’s most innovative leaders in medical education — and GU’s deep roots in the community as one of our nation’s premier private institutions, to educate the next generation of health professionals and enhance the health, well-being and prosperity of the entire region.

Thank you to our Spokane community for your support as we work together now and in the future. For more information, please visit us at uw.edu/spokane/medical-school.



Thayne McCulloh Ana Mari Cauce
President
Gonzaga University President
University of Washington

RenoZag
02-27-2016, 05:58 AM
GU Website coverage of announcement: http://news.gonzaga.edu/2016/14778


Starting fall 2016, the University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Partnership will welcome its largest-ever entering class to dedicated facilities on the Gonzaga University campus. Gonzaga faculty will recruit, teach and mentor medical students together with UW faculty utilizing the UW’s new, award-winning medical curriculum. The UW and GU will also embark on a collaborative Regional Health Initiative to develop shared facilities and high-impact, applied research. A dedicated executive director at Gonzaga, Spokane-based UW School of Medicine leadership, and a new Community Advisory Board will guide the development of the partnership.


“As the Spokane region asks itself where it wants to be in the next decade, it is critical to consider that growing medical education and related research has a potential $1.7 billion annual economic impact,” said Scott Morris, CEO of Avista and Chair of the Gonzaga Board of Trustees. “This partnership will be a key part of reaching that goal.”

For more than 40 years, the UW School of Medicine has provided medical education in Spokane and Eastern Washington through a five-state, community-based medical education program called WWAMI. Today, more than 500 faculty in 18 communities throughout eastern Washington serve as educators and mentors for UW medical students. This year, the UW was selected by the American Medical Association as one of 20 medical schools to join a consortium to create the medical school of the future.