I am delighted to share a significant moment in Washington State University’s 126-year history with you. Earlier today, the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation—a major milestone that keeps the college on track to enroll its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting agency for MD-granting medical schools in the United States and Canada, communicated news of the preliminary accreditation to Dr. John Tomkowiak, M.D., the founding dean of the Floyd College of Medicine.

This achievement moves us one step closer to educating physicians who will practice in Washington’s underserved communities and making medical education more accessible to Washingtonians. We expect this effort will ultimately change the face of health care in our state.

We are deeply grateful for the ongoing support of the health care community statewide, our legislators, and community leaders in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett. We wouldn’t have reached this milestone without these partnerships. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without the vision and efforts of my predecessor, Elson S. Floyd.

Please join me in also thanking WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown, Dean Tomkowiak, the entire medical school team, and all of our partners and advocates, for their tireless endeavors to date. We still have much work ahead of us in advance of welcoming our first medical students, but this a moment to savor.

Dean Tomkowiak will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. today on the WSU Spokane campus to share more details about accreditation and next steps. You’re welcome to attend or listen in.

1:00 p.m. today

News conference

WSU Spokane
Spokane Academic Center, room 20

Videoconference

WSU Pullman
Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 512

WSU Tri-Cities
224 West, 212 East, 1211 Nursing

WSU Vancouver
Dengerink Administration Building, room 236

WSU North Puget Sound at Everett
Gray Wolf Hall, room 105

WSU Seattle office
Suite 2900

Olympia
410 11th Avenue SE, suite 102

Go Cougs!