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Doctors Agree: Grow the University of Washington in Spokane

Doctors: Please support the UW by adding your name to the open letter below. Join us in spreading the message that the state of Washington will be best served by an approach to medical education that is cost-effective, produces doctors immediately, and builds upon UW’s top-ranked medical school.

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We the undersigned are doctors who support the University of Washington’s efforts to expand medical education in Spokane.

Washington needs more doctors. The best way to address this need is the subject of debate across our state as the Legislature considers whether to provide for a second state-supported medical school. The undersigned doctors are united in our support for an expansion of the UW School of Medicine in Spokane.

We believe Washington will be best served by an approach that is cost-effective, produces doctors immediately, and builds upon UW’s top-notch medical school, which is ranked number one in primary care, rural medicine and family care by U.S. News & World Report.

We support the UW because its plan would triple the number of medical students in Spokane by 2021 at a cost of $20 million in public funding per year, versus $30 million per year for a new medical school. The UW School of Medicine’s annual cost per student is $71,000, well below the national average, meaning a relatively low burden on students and taxpayers alike.

We want to emphasize a final point: we are fans of both of our state’s public universities. This is not about Huskies and Cougars. This is about training world-class doctors at an affordable cost.

The best way to accomplish this goal is to grow the UW in Spokane.

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