UW, WSU to pursue different paths over med school

UW, WSU to pursue different paths over med school

Officials for the University of Washington and Washington State University have reached an agreement to go their own ways regarding Washington State’s proposal to open its own medical school in Spokane.

Last month, WSU announced it would seek state approval to open its own medical school, which would focus on increasing the number of physicians practicing in underserved rural areas. UW had opposed that proposal.

On Friday, the schools issued a joint statement saying they had reached a deal that will mutually dissolve their WWAMI partnership and provide a pathway to pursue separate solutions to address the state’s medical education needs and physician shortage.

Leaders from both schools agreed that UW and WSU will independently pursue their respective proposals to meet the state’s medical education needs.