Officials broke ground Wednesday on a new medical school building at Washington State University's Spokane campus
The $70 million building is intended to produce more doctors for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho will also be the new home of a consolidated Washington State University College of Pharmacy.
Medical students from the five states will take classes in the new building as part of the WWAMI medical education program headquartered at the University of Washington, the region's only medical school.
Students in the Spokane program will take their first year of medical school in Spokane, their second year in Seattle, and third and fourth years at Spokane hospitals. The goal is to eventually have all four years of medical training in Spokane.