The Spokane site for MEDEX Northwest is one of two campuses in Washington offering the master’s option. As of 2013, Spokane is now a hybrid site, and also offers the bachelor’s degree option.

It is co-located on the Riverpoint Campus with Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and the WWAMI Medical-Dental student program.  Developed in the mid-1980s, the campus is the center for biomedical education and research for the region including eastern Washington and northern Idaho, and has more than a dozen health professions programs represented, providing a rich environment for interprofessional opportunities.

Spokane Is

Campus Tower

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  • Family friendly
    • many choices for childcare, child activities and fun neighborhoods
  • Hub of the surrounding region
    • Spokane is the shopping, banking, commercial center for the “Inland Empire”
      • eastern WA, north Idaho, western MT and the lower part of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada
  • The 2nd-largest city in Washington State
    • Spokane’s population is over 200,000
    • the county’s population is 475,600
  • Sunny skies more than 300 days per year
    • MUCH less rainy than Seattle!
  • Active nightlife
    • many breweries, vineyards and tasting rooms, live music, outdoor dining, with First Friday events every month
  • Vibrant art community
    • big and small theaters, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Best of Broadway series
  • Host to many independent restaurants
  • Spokane is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream
    • boating, skiing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, hiking, trail walks, and lots more

Spokane Is Not

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  • Spokane is different than Seattle, and offers a more affordable lifestyle
  • Spokane–Coeur d’Alene is not a rural setting but we are close to remote areas
  • Spokane is less congested, with 15 minute “rush hour” traffic

Spokane Has

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  • A beautiful downtown along the Spokane River
  • Lots of restaurants, arts and music events, shopping, unique shops, activities
  • Big events like Bloomsday and Hoopfest; participate in the competitions or become one of the medical volunteers!
  • University District that includes WSU, EWU, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and the UW WWAMI and MEDEX program
  • Incredible number of lakes and rivers for boating, fishing, swimming
  • Multiple on-off trail opportunities for running, biking, hiking
    • Trail runs around Riverside State Park
    • Miles of trails around Bowl and Pitcher Park
    • Iller Creek Conservation Area with a hilly 6 mile loop
    • Centennial trail from Idaho, through Spokane to Nine Mile Falls

Spokane Is Close To

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  • Five mountain ski resorts (50 to 100 miles)
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and one of the most beautiful lakes in the region (30 miles)
  • Canada (126 miles)
  • Yakima (203 miles)
  • Ellensburg (172 miles)
  • NE Oregon (170 miles)
  • Seattle (280 miles)

About Spokane

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  • This is a great learning environment.
  • We have affordable housing and parking.
  • The Spokane campus was initiated in 1997.
  • We have a smaller classroom size (average size 25), encouraging close interaction with faculty.
  • Classes are held on the Riverpoint Campus.
  • Campus provides students with many opportunities for interaction with medical, pharmacy, dental and other allied health professions students.
  • We have three full-time faculty and one support person.
  • Many community faculty participate during the year in teaching and precepting.
  • MEDEX students are active in multiple interdisciplinary and community activities: volunteering at House of Charity Clinic, Bloomsday Road Race medical teams, patient simulation workshops, etc.