Alex Franke has donned surgical gloves in the past. But the Washington State University medical student had never gone step-by-step through the process of gowning and gloving for a sterile operating room.On Monday, Franke and 13 of his peers learned the meticulous process required for scrubbing into surgery and maintaining a sterile environment from the staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.“It’s mind-boggling how much goes into it,” said Franke, a 23-year-old Seattle resident.The experience was new for fellow medical student Megan Short, too.“I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know,” said Short, who graduated from Skyview High School in 2008.Short and Franke are part of the first class of medical students at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The 60 students spend the vast majority of their first two years in the classroom in Spokane, before finishing the program with two years of clinical work in four Washington communities: Vancouver, Everett, the Tri-Cities and Spokane.During each of the first two years, the students — split into four cohorts of about 15 students — have three one-week visits to their communities. The first day of those stays includes some time in the classroom, as well as a workshop. This time around, Legacy hosted the 14 students for a workshop on surgical gowning and gloving and an introduction to suturing.Dr. Richard Green, a plastic surgeon at Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, led the students through the suturing portion of the workshop, demonstrating how to hold instruments and perform a simple interrupted suture.
The Vancouver City Council agreed Monday night to delay by one year a private developer’s contribution toward paying for its waterfront road access project.Vancouver is a year behind in a $44 million project to build roads that will connect the city’s downtown to the former Boise Cascade industrial site. Columbia Waterfront LLC — a group comprising Gramor Development of Tualatin, Ore., and its local investors — intends to build a $1.3 billion development including apartments, affordable housing, office, retail and restaurant space.Gramor asked the city to defer its $350,000 payment to chip in on the public project this year. Developers agreed to pay $8 million of the waterfront access project, but because the city is a year behind, they asked the city council to amend the development agreement to put off their 2011 payment for one year. The group has already paid $1.15 million of that balance. The balance will be paid in full, just one year later.The city council also approved taking out $11.2 million in bonds for the construction project Monday night.