To help overcome the physician shortage in central and eastern Washington, the Washington State University Board of Regents, at its September meeting, approved the sale of up to $16.25 million in revenue bonds for design and construction of the University district Health Clinic.
The clinic will be part of the Spokane Teaching Health Center consortium of Empire Health Foundation, Providence Health Care and WSU Spokane, which was established in November.
The consortium uses federal teaching health center funds to increase the number of physician residencies. Six additional residency slots are already available in Spokane because of the consortium's efforts.
Residents are newly graduated medical doctors who must complete at least three years of graduate education in an accredited physician training program before they can apply for board certification in a specialty.