This blog lists the medical schools in Washington state and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Washington.

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Washington offers a plethora of outdoor activities, and a large population, mostly centered around the Seattle area, allowing you access to a large patient population. There are also many smaller cities and towns in Washington for those students interested in rural medicine. Washington was one of the first US states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana and would be the ideal location for students hoping to learn more about this emerging area of healthcare.

Medical Schools in Washington:

University of Washington School of Medicine

The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine's mission is to "improve the health of the public. We advance this mission through our work in patient care, medical education and research." Established in 1946, UW has one of the largest medical research programs in the world. UW School of Medicine places high importance on serving the local states and as such, 96% of the MD class is from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. UW School of Medicine does not accept Canadian or international applicants. Each year, roughly 8000 applicants compete for 800 interviews and 270 available spots into the MD program. 

Location: Seattle, WA


Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Established in 2016, the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is to "be a unique resource for the State of Washington, converging on solutions to the health care triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, keeping populations healthy, and decreasing the cost of care, all while improving the work life of health care providers. Through a culture based on valuing the individual, we will be resourceful, agile, inventive and generous in serving the people of the state and beyond, to develop healthier populations through research, innovation, interprofessional education and patient-centered care."

Location: Spokane, WA

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 2005, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine's mission is to "educate and trains health care professionals emphasizing service among rural and medically underserved communities throughout the Northwest." Approximately 4400 applicants compete for 800 interviews and 140 available spots in the DO program. Applicants are selected based on intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, commitment, and suitability for the profession. 

Location: Yakima, WA

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