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Lecture Oct. 24 Offers Inside Look at UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga Regional Health Partnership

Courtney Law, Ph.D., and Dr. Darryl Potyk

SPOKANE, Wash. – Leaders from the University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership will provide an inside look at their collaborative work in medical education, research, entrepreneurship and commercialization at a public lecture at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the McCarthey Athletic Center’s Herak Club Room.

This free, one-hour presentation, sponsored by the Greater Gonzaga Guild, features Dr. Darryl Potyk, associate dean for Eastern Washington, UW School of Medicine and chief of medical education in Spokane, and Courtney Law, Ph.D., Gonzaga’s director of the partnership.

The partnership, formed in February 2016, brings the nation’s top medical education program in primary care, family medicine and rural medicine education to Gonzaga’s campus. Since forming the partnership, entering classes of 60 students in 2016 and 2017 began Foundations training in the Schoenberg Center on the GU campus.

A Partnership in More Than Medical Education

Potyk and Law also will discuss related collaborative elements of the partnership, including research opportunities, entrepreneurial leadership programs, commercialization services, training for physician assistants (via the UW MEDEX Northwest program), community service and more. Gonzaga is the first private university partner in the UW’s regional, community-based medical education program known as WWAMI, an acronym for the states it serves: Washington [Seattle & Spokane], Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

The Greater Gonzaga Guild is dedicated to raising awareness of Gonzaga’s scholarly and cultural contributions to the region. The Guild, which sponsors six public lectures each year, is open to all people interested in learning.

For more information, please contact Mary Joan Hahn, Gonzaga director of public and community relations, at (509) 313-6095 or hahn@gonzaga.edu.

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