History of the University of Washington School Of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership
Fall 2014 - University of Washington and Washington State University announced the dissolution of their 40-year-old WWAMI affiliation. WSU indicates it will pursue creation of a second medical school in Washington. UW approaches Gonzaga to be its WWAMI partner in Spokane. Partnerships with local higher education institutions are a core strategy in the WWAMI program throughout the Pacific Northwest.
December 1, 2014 – UW and Gonzaga announce their intent to formally explore the opportunity to partner to sustain and grow the WWAMI program in Spokane.
Winter-Spring 2015 – Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh holds a series of listening sessions with community and regional leaders in Spokane, gathering perspectives and priorities from health care, business, education, elected and civic leaders about the proposed partnership.
Summer 2015 – Partnership talks begin in earnest.
February 24, 2016 – UW President Ana Mari Cauce and Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh jointly announce an agreement had been reached.
May 2, 2016 – UW announces its largest class ever is enrolled for Spokane; 60 first-year students will join 40 second-year students on Gonzaga’s campus in the fall.
June 2016 – UW faculty and staff begin moving into the Schoenberg Center on Gonzaga’s campus.
August 2016 – The first group of students arrive at the Gonzaga campus for the start of the semester.