Washington State University testified this morning before the State House Higher Education Committee in support of proposed legislationHouse Bill 2598sponsored by Representative Marcus Riccelli of Spokane, which would establish a matched student loan repayment program for doctors to increase the rural physician workforce.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has a holistic admissions process to identify students well positioned to practice in underserved areas of Washington upon completion of their training at the community-based medical school. Members of the diverse inaugural class of 60 students and the second class of 60 students currently in recruitment, for which almost 1,200 applications were received, could benefit from the proposed program.

You can view WSU Director of State Relations Chris Mulick’s testimony below: