Medical School Construction Almost Done On WSU Riverpoint Campus - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Medical School Construction Almost Done On WSU Riverpoint Campus

SPOKANE, Wash. - Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building set to open in January of 2014. In the first year the building opens the school will have 20 first-year medical students and as many as 20 second-year medical students, for a total of 40 on campus. 

The goal is to eventually get to 120 graduates per year, but that is still a long way down the road. The school on the Riverpoint campus is technically part of the University of Washington School of Medicine, with WSU as its partner in Spokane.

Once the Senate passed a multi-billion dollar budget in 2011, the school secured funding so that construction could get underway. Studies show that in 20 years or so, the campus may support about 9,000 jobs directly and indirectly around the state. 

"It will become possible now for a student to enroll at the University of Washington School of Medicine, but come to Spokane, study on this campus for two years and then spend their third and fourth year medical school experience in Spokane," Medical School Spokesman Ken Roberts said.

"Obviously we want the number to grow after this so we'll be able to increase the number of physicians that train in Eastern Washington. That will help the workforce issue that we have, our shortage of physicians, but it will also grow the campus and grow the research section that we have here."

The building is expected to fully operational by January of 2014.

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