WSU medical students with Rep. Mike Sells, Sen. Barbara Bailey, Rep. June Robinson, Rep. Cindy Ryu and Sen. Bob Hasegawa

Everett, Wash. – Nov. 30, 2018 – Members from the Washington State Legislature met at the WSU Everett campus today to attend a lunch forum with the 15 medical students from the class of 2022 who are assigned to the university’s medical school hub in Everett. Students thanked legislators for their support of the medical school and discussed their individual experiences so far.

“I chose WSU for medical school because everyone here is working toward the same goals and I wanted to give back to my community,” one medical student said.

“Working at Harborview I realized there are so many people in my community who need help. I went to MercyWatch yesterday, and it was such a powerful experience – meeting and helping so many people in Everett who are invisible to most people,” another student said. “I’m so happy to be at WSU for medical school.”

The class finished their second intercession week of the academic year today, in which they spent the entire week training and learning in this region where they will be spending their third and fourth years of medical school.

Many noted with pride what a family bond they have created in just the first four months. That was apparent when one student embraced another after retelling a particularly emotional family story that helped lead her to studying medicine.

“I am so happy to be here. I chose WSU because of the mission statement to work with the medically underserved,” a student said before noting that where she grew up, her family was part of that underserved population.

“This school is going places,” another student concluded.