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Davis G Patterson, PhD
Deputy Director, Rural Health Research Center
Family Medicine Research Section
Phone: (206) 543-1892

Biographical Information

Davis Patterson is a sociologist and a Research Scientist in the University of Washington's WWAMI Rural Health Research Center and Center for Health Workforce Studies. He has two decades of experience in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation spanning a variety of areas in healthcare, human services, and education. Dr. Patterson has conducted health workforce and rural health research on physicians, health information technology, allied health and other types of professionals to inform policy and improve rural and underserved populations' access to healthcare. His field research experience includes conducting interviews of over 500 persons from diverse cultures and from all walks of life, at home and abroad. He is an avid traveler and fluent in Spanish.

Research Interests & Roles

Health workforce development, with a particular focus on the recruitment and retention of rural and underrepresented minority health professionals, healthcare access and disparities, healthcare and public health workforce supply and demand analysis, emergency medical services, and community paramedicine.

Current Projects

Rural Town Walkability: Measuring the Effect of the Built Environment

The Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Services Workforce in Rural and Urban Areas

Distributed Expertise: Sustaining Rural Training Tracks (RTTs) as a strategy in rural medical education

A Novel Master File of Rural Family Medicine Residency Training: Program Models and Graduate Outcomes

Selected Publications

Cohen C, Patterson DG, Kovarik DN, Chowning JT. The Emerging Role of Science Teachers in Fostering STEM Career Awareness. Washington State Kappan, 2013, 6(2):1-17.

Patterson DG, Skillman SM. National Consensus Conference on Community Paramedicine: summary of an expert meeting. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Feb 2013.

Skillman SM, Keppel GA, Patterson DG, Doescher MP. The contributions of community colleges to the education of allied health professionals in rural areas of the United States. Final Report #136. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Oct 2012.

Patterson DG, Longenecker R, Schmitz D, Phillips RL Jr, Skillman SM, Doescher MP. Policy brief: rural residency training for family medicine physicians: graduate early-career outcomes, 2008-2012. Seattle, WA: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington; Jan 2013.

Greer S, Williams I, Valderrama AL, Bolton P, Patterson DG, Zhang Z. EMS medical direction and prehospital practices for acute cardiovascular events. Prehospital Emergency Care 2013, 17(1):38-45.

Williams I, Valderrama AL, Bolton P, Greek A, Greer S, Patterson DG, Zhang Z. Factors associated with emergency medical services scope of practice for acute cardiovascular events. Prehospital Emergency Care 2012, 16:189-197.

Skillman SM, Andrilla CHA, Patterson DG, Tieman L, Doescher MP. Les infirmiers diplomes d'etat (LPN): l'experience de l'Etat de Washington [The licensed practical nurse workforce in the United States: one state's experience]. Cahiers de Sociologie et de Demographie Medicales 2010; 50(2):179-212.

Patterson DG, Baldwin LM, and Olsen PM. Supports and obstacles in the medical school application process for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved 2009;20(2):308-29.

Chapman SA, Lindler V, Kaiser JA, Nielsen CS, Bates T, Hailer-O'Keefe L, Patterson DG, Skillman SM. EMS Workforce for the 21st Century: A National Assessment. Prepared for the Office of Emergency Medical Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, June 2008.

Hollow WB, Patterson DG, Olsen PM, and Baldwin LM. American Indians and Alaska Natives: How do they find their path to medical school? Academic Medicine 2006;81(10):S65-69.

Patterson DG and Carline JD. Promoting minority access to health careers through health profession-public school partnerships: A review of the literature. Academic Medicine 2006;81(6):S5-S10.

Carline JD and Patterson DG. Characteristics of health professions schools, public school systems, and community-based organizations in successful partnerships to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students entering health professions education. Academic Medicine 2003;78:467-482.

Carline JD, Patterson DG, Davis LA, and Irby DM. Precollege enrichment programs intended to increase the representation of minorities in medicine. Academic Medicine 1998;73:288-298.

Carline JD, Patterson DG, and Davis LA. Enrichment programs for undergraduate college students intended to increase the representation of minorities in medicine. Academic Medicine 1998;73:299-312.