Providence, Washington State University, Community Cancer Fund, Premera, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals announced today a partnership to establish eastern Washington’s first pediatric medical residency.
Community Cancer Fund has pledged $500,000 to launch the program.
The program will not only improve the depth and breadth of overall children’s healthcare in Spokane, but also foster aspiring physicians from the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and other medical schools to stay in Spokane.
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”"A core part of our mission is to bring the very best healthcare to local cancer patients and to ensure that this same treatment is accessible. Launching a pediatric residency program in Spokane changes the health ecosystem and allows us to take a giant and dynamic step forward to help Pacific Northwest families gain access to world-class healthcare providers in Spokane—including children battling cancer."Jon NeillExecutive Director, Community Cancer Fund
The program is a three-year residency. Six residents will be admitted each year for a total of 18 residents once the first three cohorts are filled. Recruitment for the inaugural class will begin later this year, with the first residents expected to begin their training in summer 2024. Training will occur primarily at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital with several outpatient experiences at pediatric clinics in the community.
”“Washington's first pediatric residency program east of the Cascades is a monumental step towards improving access to healthcare in our state and furthering WSU's land-grant mission of serving the public good. As nationwide healthcare demands continue to increase, providing residency training will develop a pipeline of physicians committed to ensuring care for communities on this side of the state and beyond.”Kirk SchulzPresident, Washington State University
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