Online News Service
Oct. 09, 1998
WWAMI teaching sites pass 20- and 25-year milestones
SEATTLE -- Three regional teaching sites have just passed the quarter century mark in educating UW medical students. Several other sites have recently completed two decades or more in the WWAMI Program, which began forming partnerships in 1971.
This year Montana welcomed its 25th class of medical students. In 1973 Montana State University in Bozeman became a site for teaching first-year medical school courses, under founding director John Jutila. He was succeeded by Frank Newman, head of the program from 1974 to 1984. The current director is Steve Guggenheim.
Also turning 25 this year are two community clinical teaching sites in pediatrics, one in Montana, the other in Idaho. John Curtis was the first Great Falls site coordinator, and Roger Boe was founding coordinator at the Pocatello pediatrics clerkship. Nora Gerrity now directs the Great Falls site. Pocatello rotates the coordinator position; Lloyd Jenson is the current head.
The Anchorage sites in family medicine and obstetrics/gynecology, and the Ketchikan, Alaska, site in family medicine, have turned 20.
Hedric Hanson founded the Anchorage obstetrics/gynecology site in 1978 and continues to lead it.
Tom Nighswander, now the UW's coordinator of clinical education for Alaska, started the Anchorage family medicine clerkship. He was followed by Richard Brodksy, coordinator for 17 years. Steve Tierney has succeeded him.
Bill Henrickson established the Ketchikan family medicine clerkship and headed it for many years. He has retired to Des Moines, Wash. Diane Liljegren now directs the site.
The oldest WWAMI clinical site is the Omak, Wash., family medicine clerkship, founded in 1971, followed by the Anacortes Wash., family medicine site and the Boise obstetrics/gynecology site. Both opened in 1972.
Other long-time clinical sites are: family medicine in Whitefish/Kalispell, Mont., Spokane and Boise, all established in 1975; family medicine in Pocatello, Idaho, founded in 1976; and obstetrics/gynecology in Spokane, which began in 1977.
Becoming 25 next year are the Anchorage psychiatry clerkship; the medicine clerkships in Billings, Missoula and Wenatchee; and the Spokane pediatrics clerkship.
The WWAMI university sites, except University of Wyoming, have taught first-year medical students for more than 25 years.