WSU submits materials to medical accreditation agency

John-TomkowiakSPOKANE, Wash. – The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University took a huge step toward accreditation today. College administrators uploaded foundational documents to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, or LCME, the national accrediting agency for allopathic medical schools in the U.S. and Canada.

“This is a momentous occasion and the culmination of the efforts of many individuals from the college, the university and the community,” said Founding Dean John Tomkowiak.

College of Medicine Vice Dean Ken Roberts, left, and Founding Dean John Tomkowiak celebrate sending more than 750 pages of accreditation application documents to the medical school accrediting agency. (Photo by Cori Medeiros, WSU Spokane)

The 228-page “data collection instrument” and 40-page self study document – along with more than 500 pages of appendices – outline how the new school will address a dozen standards created by the LCME, including the structure of the medical school, how it will be funded and the curriculum that students will be taught.

The LCME will consider the application at a meeting in February. If all is in order, the next step will be a site visit.

“Today is another exciting step forward in making the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine a reality,” Tomkowiak said.


Doug Nadvornick, WSU College of Medicine, 509-358-7540,