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.