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Changes in store for WSU-Pullman medical students
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Changes in store for WSU-Pullman medical students

First-year WWAMI medical students from WSU Pullman will see a program a change this year. WWAMI, the partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho will move these first year students to Spokane, pending approval from their accrediting agency.

Currently 25 students based at U of I and 20 students at WSU Pullman are combined together to train on both campuses throughout the year. The planned change will allow U of Iā€™s WWAMI program to expand offering 20 more slots. WSU Spokane will easily accommodate the extra students with the opening of the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building last year.

"We are very excited about having an additional 20 first-year students starting in 2014,ā€ said Ken Roberts, director of the WWAMI Spokane program. "We have the faculty, facilities and programs in place and are eager to train these students.ā€

In the fall, as part of a pilot program, WSU Spokane will be the site of a second year training starting in the fall. This will allow up to 20 medical students per year for two years will complete their second year at the Spokane Campus. The second year for all WWAMI sites is typically completed at the UW campus in Seattle. The second year WSU program may continue depending on future funding.

While WSU Pullman will not serve as a classroom site for these students, it will remain an active site for clinical training.

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