Numerica donation arms WSU medical students with iPads

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By Christina VerHeul, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

SPOKANE, Wash. – Students arriving in August to attend WSU’s new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will kick off their medical education with a technology head start thanks to the generous donation of iPads from Numerica Credit Union.

The Spokane Valley-based credit union is gifting the iPads to all 60 members of the medical school’s charter class during orientation week to ensure the next generation of Washington state’s physicians are empowered to learn and treat patients with the technology being rapidly adopted in healthcare.

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“We are so grateful to Numerica for their immense generosity to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and our charter class of students with the gift of these iPads,” said John Tomkowiak, founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “Innovation and technology is at the heart of who we are and how we’re going to be educating our students, and this gift ensures that on day one our students are engaging with technology that will shape their learning experience inside and outside of the classroom.”

As the healthcare environment becomes increasingly digital and mobile, medical students must be engaged with technologies and devices to prepare for medical practice. The iPads will foster interactive learning, provide numerous medical applications, and deliver case-based learning materials in support of a digital-first, textbook-free learning experience.

“WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is integral to the growth and vitality of our community,” said Kelli Hawkins, communications director for Numerica Credit Union. “Not only will it contribute to a healthy commerce and U-District, but the school will produce quality healthcare providers for all of Washington state. We know that innovative technology reduces the stress of managing finances, so we are proud to help improve the well-being of these dedicated medical students in their endeavors to fulfill their dreams.”

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine will begin classes on August 21.

Media Contact

  • Christina VerHeul, director of communications and marketing, WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, 509-368-6850,