WSU med school hopes to enroll students in 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Washington State University's new medical school in Spokane is working on an aggressive schedule to win accreditation.

The school's new dean told a Washington state Senate panel Thursday that could mean a first class of students for the 2017 school year.

The Spokesman-Review says the committee meeting was the first chance for most legislators to meet John Tomkowiak, who was named founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine last month.

Members of the Senate Higher Education Committee were told WSU is in a better position than most medical schools when they start up. That's because of facilities on the Spokane campus where nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and dentists also train, and the university's existing research programs.