Medical

WSU Medical School
5:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on WSU’s Spokane campus would be used for the university’s proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.
Credit Northwest News Network / Northwest News Network

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

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Lead Army Doctor Suspended
5:33 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Army Suspends Brig. General In Charge of Western Region Medical Care

Brig. General John Cho speaks at an Army town hall meeting in March 2014.
Credit John Brooks / U.S. Army

The Army Surgeon General today suspended the commander in charge of Army hospitals in 20 western states. The reason for removing the Army's top doc in the West is a bit mysterious, as correspondent Tom Banse reports.


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Washington Pharmacy Regulations
5:44 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Washington to Appeal Plan B Ruling

OLYMPIA - Washington will appeal a recent federal ruling on the state’s pharmacy regulations. Last month a federal district court judge found the state’s rules on dispensing medications unconstitutional. At the heart of the case is emergency birth control pills. Ruby de Luna reports.

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Pharmaceutical Policies
5:43 am
Thu March 22, 2012

OHSU To Review Doctor-Pharmaceutical Company Payment Policies

PORTLAND -- Last fall we brought you a story about doctors at Northwest medical schools who get paid to speak on behalf of pharmaceutical companies. Thursday, a task force will convene at Oregon Health and Science University. It will review the medical school’s policy on paid speaking gigs and other industry interactions. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Rock Doc
6:06 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Rock Doc: Take Your Best Shot

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters
Northwest Public Radio

With a good six weeks of winter left, flu vaccines are still in demand. While many see the benefits of vaccines, others are less sure. Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, the Rock Doc, weighs in on the efficacy and safety of a prominent feature of life in the 21st century.

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Out of Pocket Medical Cap
6:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Cap On Out-Of-Pocket Medical Expenses Clears Wash. Committee

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out-of-pocket medical expenses are crushing some Washington families – even though they have health insurance. A key legislative committee voted Thursday to place an overall cap on how much a family would have to pay each year.

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