In Spokane and throughout Eastern Washington, physicians play a major role in our communities. For the past 45 years, many physicians and clinical partners here in Spokane have given generously of their time to teach and mentor University of Washington School of Medicine students. These doctors see benefit in giving back and recognize that they play an important role in developing future physicians; those who will be taking care of us, as well as our friends and neighbors.
Today, the UW School of Medicine has nearly 1,000 physician educators in Eastern Washington. These doctors are not only outstanding clinicians, but they dedicate countless hours to provide our students with a world-class medical education so when they become the next generation of physicians, they can deliver high quality care where it’s needed most.
This is only possible with skilled physician teachers in a supportive community. So, at this time of giving thanks, I want to again say “thank you” on behalf of the University of Washington School of Medicine and our partner Gonzaga University, to these physicians and to our community for your engagement and dedication to training our future physicians for Spokane and Eastern Washington.
Darryl Potyk, MD, FACP