Legislation to add the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to the Family Medicine Residency Network was supported in the House Health Care Committee today by the state’s two other medical schools — University of Washington Medicine and the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

The network was established in 1975 to support family medicine residencies in the state and encourage the development of new ones. State law was updated in 2015 and funding provided to incentivize hospitals and clinics to expand such programs and develop new ones. The Family Medicine Education Advisory Board also was established to make recommendations on the selection of areas where affiliated residency programs will exist. UW Medicine and PNWU co-chair the board.

House Bill 2443 adds WSU as a third co-chair. The measure was heard in the Health Care Committee today. You can view testimony below.