Medical education is undergoing a renaissance in the Inland Northwest.
For years, the University of Washington controlled medical education opportunities in the five-state region consisting of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It had the only med school in the region, allowing first-year students from those states to study close to home before recalling them to Seattle.
Now, Washington State University — focused on Washington students — has its own medical school with its second class about to start in August. The privately-funded Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian will welcome its first class in September.
But medical school is only half of the doctor training equation.