It is difficult to comprehend the problems created from your opinion of a possible WSU Medical School (TNT, 3-8). It has at least two major factual errors and several points of exaggeration. Permit me to address what may be major factual errors.
The $5.99 million is budgeted for student instruction at the River Point campus. The UW stipulated that Spokane is not large enough for two medical schools and threatened to leave if its monopoly position in the state is removed and WSU establishes a medical school there. My understanding of WSU's position is, there is no conflict with two medical schools in Spokane, but that if the UW leaves, the $5.99 million should remain with the Spokane program.
I don't recall an eviction notice, just abandonment. Based on 2010 data, as I recall, the UW School of Medicine is a $1.7 billion enterprise. The $5.99 million represents 0.35 percent of this $1.7 billion.Rather than constantly pursuing a zero-sum game, the administration of the UW should approach their compatriots at WSU with an offer to assist them to establish a new independent medical school in Spokane.
Furthermore, the two schools should cooperate to (1) complete the education of those students already enrolled and (2) provide instruction and training to additional classes until the new medical school is accredited.
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This approach would enhance the prestige of both universities and promote the welfare of the state's residents, especially our young folks who dearly would like to become physicians.