Our Partnership at Work

Partnering to help create healthy, vibrant communities in eastern Washington, we are focused on three interdisciplinary areas.

Teaching and Learning

We educate high-quality healthcare providers to meet the needs of our region.


  • 120 first- and second-year UW School of Medicine students
  • 30-35 MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant students
  • 971 Gonzaga School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students
  • 216 Gonzaga undergraduate students in the Human Physiology program


  • 43 UW School of Medicine professional faculty and staff
  • 77 Gonzaga professional faculty and staff

Clinical Partners

  • 500-plus clinicians educate students throughout eastern and central Washington
"Our gratitude goes out to our partners and supporters for the opportunity to create a facility and programs that will educate the next generation of healthcare professionals and industry leaders. This will serve as a foundation upon which to expand our region’s healthcare ecosystem: to advance research and innovation focused on solving our most pressing healthcare problems and expanding access to affordable high-quality care."

– Thayne M. McCulloh, President, Gonzaga University

Service and Leadership

We share a legacy of graduating innovative, community-focused students.

Leadership Pathway is a dynamic collaboration that pairs Gonzaga University’s leadership development expertise, offering students leadership training, mentoring and practical application. As one of few medical schools to partner with a school of leadership studies, this approach helps future physicians more easily step into roles that are often expected of them by strengthening and honing their leadership skills.

Discovery and Research

We advance healthcare through robust, cost-effective medical education and research.

All students and faculty utilize shared labs, including the following teaching labs: anatomy and physiology, cellular and molecular physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. Labs used primarily for research include biomechanics and gait lab, biomaterials test lab, cellular and molecular physiology lab and integrative and environmental physiology lab.

UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga Summer Research Experiences provide highly motivated Gonzaga undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the research-intense environment of a nationally acclaimed research institution, working with graduate students, post-docs and principal investigators. UW School of Medicine matches student interests with on-campus research projects for a 10-week work experience during the summer.

The McKinstry Fellows Research Program supports interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional research teams consisting of students and faculty mentors as they tackle health-related questions that are affecting society today. Faculty mentors work directly with students through a 10-week summer program funded by Dean and Vicki Allen and the McKinstry Charitable Foundation.

“We are excited to see our shared vision and commitment to partnership expressed throughout this new facility. The UW-GU Health Partnership is grateful for the support of business and community leaders, local elected officials and state legislators, and the dedicated educators and healthcare professionals who will bring this building to life in service to our region.”

– John Sklut, Senior Advisor to the President, Liason for External and Government Affairs, Gonzaga University


There's more to explore in the Spring 2022 edition of Partners in Medical Education: A Report to the Community.