Dec. 15, 2000
Bratrude retires from practice
The WWAMI concept emerged more than 30 years ago at social hour during a meeting of the Washington State Medical Association. Gus Swanson, a former acting dean, Robert Van Citters, who was at the time a new dean of the medical school, Tom Morgan, the school's former assistant dean for curriculum, Jack Lein, then associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, and Bratrude were discussing the problem of training physicians for the region.
Bratrude offered, "Send me those students. I'll teach them." Before the evening was over, the term "community clinical unit" had been coined and the general plan for the WWAMI program had taken shape.
Earlier, Bratrude and John Hogness had switched places for several days in the summer of 1968 so that Hogness, who was then the dean of the medical school, could experience rural practice first-hand.
Omak and Grandview, Wash., officially became the first clinical teaching sites for the WWAMI program as well as the first community-based clerkships in family medicine in March 1971.
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