Dr. John Tomkowiak is the dean of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The last of three candidates to become founding dean of the new Washington State University College of Medicine is visiting the Spokane campus.

Dr. John Tomkowiak is the dean of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He visited WSU Spokane on Monday to meet with faculty, administrators and the public.

The other finalists are Dr. David Gozal of the University of Chicago, and Dr. Dawn DeWitt of the University of British Columbia.

The new dean will serve as head of the new WSU College of Medicine, which was created during the 2015 legislative session. The hiring of the dean is a major step toward gaining national accreditation for the school, which hopes to begin teaching its first class of medical students in 2017.