Spokane

​​ Washington State University, Spokane:

Washington students have the option of spending their first year in Seattle or Spokane. Spokane students will take their classes at Washington State ​​University Spokane’s downtown campus.

Many Spokane students report that the small class size enables them to quickly get to know their peers, to study and socialize with them. They like the close contact they have with the WWAMI Spokane staff, faculty, and clinical instructors. Students appreciate the one-on-one relationships and weekly visits with their physician preceptors as well as the fact that their schedule includes time for them to do community service and take advantage of clinical practice opportunities. Additional appealing factors outside of school include the wide variety of recreational opportunities available within a short drive and the low cost of living in Spokane.

Second-year pilot:

For the next two years (the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years), up to 20 first-year students who enjoy their Spokane experience will have the option to return to Spokane for their second year. The students will be broken into two smaller groups and matched with faculty ‘guides’ who will work with them throughout the year in a case-based, active learning curriculum. The courses taught in Spokane will be adapted from the UWSOM curriculum that is taught in Seattle.


First Year Medical Students share their experiences:

 

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Delaney Conway's impressions of Spokane before moving there were 180 degrees different from her first year experiences.  It was the best experience she could have had.  Her class of 20 got to know each other quite well and did a lot of  things together outside of school. Delaney loved the outdoor activities such as hiking and snow skiing at Mt. Spokane - less than an hour away, and the surrounding parks. The four seasons were beautiful and in the fall, they picked apples at an orchard, and went to a pumpkin patch. She enjoyed the competition of playing basketball with a group of classmates at the local gym, and has a fun story to share. Housing was cheap, she saved a ton of money, there wasn't any traffic, her 5 minute commute was a breeze, and parking was great. There was collaboration between the Spokane and Moscow-Pullman site for some elective classes, so they knew a larger community of people before coming to Seattle second year. She appreciated the individual time professors spent with students - a nice surprise from her collage lecture halls of 300 people.  Delaney would tell a incoming 1st year student that Spokane has much more to offer than people give it credit for.  There is a lot of studying to do but with the support of faculty, staff and classmates who want you to succeed it can be a fun year, and that's what it turned out to be for her, she is very thankful.



 

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Colette Inaba's impression of Spokane, before moving there was a small country bumpkin town in the middle of nowhere, but she soon found out it wasn't so small after all, it's a city not a small town - the largest for many miles around.  The summers are great, sunny, warm and dry, a nice change from gray rainy Seattle days.  There are lots of activities such as musicals, symphonies, restaurants, skiing, great walking and biking trails such as the Centennial Trail that is along the Spokane River and a 10 minute walk to school.  They did lots of academic activities as a class; casting and suture workshops, taught about heart anatomy and heart health to a 5th grade elementary class.. Camaraderie was fantastic.  Housing and parking is cheap.  The mentorship was incredible, and the preceptorship opportunities abundant.  She is glad to have had both the Spokane and Seattle experience as part of her training.  Spokane is a great community and excited to have medical students, there are many opportunities to get involved and the administration is open to new ideas and recommendations from students. Colette says to definitely go for Spokane if you are considering it.



 

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Angela Olson's expectations of Spokane were exceeded in many ways.  The new campus is beautiful and set up perfectly for studying in small groups, by yourself, or large groups. There are lots of grassy areas and open spaces to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and have a quick game of frisbee between classes.  The technology in the anatomy lab is very up to date, clean and organized. The resource room has a great library, and there is a key system to the building so it's secure to study there at night.  Angela felt a huge benefit of the small class environment.  The instructors are extremely helpful and help you structure your studies the way you learn best.  When she came to Seattle the start of second year, during the first week of orientation, the transition was extremely seamless and instead of feeling like she missed out on something, the entire 2nd year class all started fresh with a new group, not a feeling of the WWAMI groups being added into an already existing group.  She found it interesting that the combination of the 1st year WWAMI students outnumbered the Seattle 1st year students.  If Angela had to choose her first year site again, she would definitely pick Spokane.  It has the best campus, facilities, faculty, staff, and programs from what she has seen. The camaraderie of a small group is invaluable for the first year of medical school because it is an intense transition and having the support was exactly what she needed and wanted. Ask yourself - how do you learn best?  There is more connection in a small group setting and Spokane has a very strong program.



More experiences:

"The medical community of Spokane was one of our greatest resources for our first year. There is a wealth of doctors who are great teachers just waiting to share their passion for medicine! I had the opportunity to precept with three different physicians throughout the year. Each were always available and ready to teach. We didn't have the problems often seen in larger medical teaching facilities, like limited time with the attending, competition with the interns and residents etc. It was just me and my doc."

"First year was challenging but great. Of course we had the "drinking from a firehose" effect, from the sheer volume of material (as all first years do), but overall I wouldn't have picked anywhere else to spend my first year."

"I thought it was a great and unique experience. We had some amazing clinical experiences with preceptors and were welcomed into the community with open arms. Spokane has an enormous medical community and that made it a wonderful place to learn."

"The small class size was just perfect, allowing me great access to my instructors, and foster great relationships with my 19 classmates. The move to Seattle for year two went a lot smoother knowing I had those friendships already in place."

"Our instructors had the time and energy to guarantee we did the best we could in each subject."

"The highlights of the Spokane experience include small class size, beautiful campus, supportive administration, motivated faculty, excellent involvement with the medical community and opportunities to participate in clinical medicine early on."

"Halfway through second year in Seattle, and the biggest change that I realize from Spokane is that lack of community and support for teachers, deans, and fellow peers. Spokane was amazing by being a smaller subset of students that all became acquainted very quickly and had amazing faculty that truly put time into knowing you and developing you as a student. Overall, we learned the same things, we paid cheaper rent, precepting was so much more hands-on and valuable, there was more sun than rain, and even though we didn't have as many extra-curricular clubs, we started amazing programs in the community."

"From devastated to devoted! My first day in Spokane was the day I drove over to look at apartments for my first year of medical school. I was less than pleased with my placement, but had resigned myself to make the best of the experience...but I didn't have to do much of anything. I immediately felt welcomed by the medical, teaching, and Jewish communities in Spokane. I was given incredible and innumerable clinical opportunities which surpassed many of the experiences I would have in second year. The class size was such that I felt supported and enriched by my peers with close relationships, but the overall program/campus/city was large enough to provide ample entertainment and amenities. There is no greater endorsement I can provide than the fact that I was literally quoted in the local newspaper first year as being "devastated" by my placement, and now I am a 100% Spokane committed track student heavily involved in local community service, the M1 curriculum, and considering residency in the area."

Speak to a Student:

If you would like to speak to a student who spent their first year in Spokane, we have several students who have volunteered and would be happy to answer your specific questions. Please contact us and we will put you in touch with them.

You will find additional ​information about the WWAMI Medical Education program here.

 

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