Erickson named assistant dean for WWAMI Montana clinical phase
Jay Erickson, a family practice physician in Whitefish, Mont. and assistant clinical professor of family medicine, has been named assistant dean for WWAMI clinical phase/Montana.
Erickson is co-director of the WWAMI clinical clerkship site in Whitefish, which was established in 1975. He will coordinate the various medical education activities in Montana, including student education, residency training, physician assistant training, and clinical research.
Erickson will become the first Montana-based physician to oversee only the clinical phase of the WWAMI Montana program. Previously, the director of the first-year program at Montana State University, Stephen Guggenheim, was also in charge of the clinical phase of the WWAMI medical education program. Erickson's appointment, which starts in August, is tentative until receiving final approval from the UW Board of Regents.
The School of Medicine's WWAMI medical education program includes teaching sites in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Medical students in the program complete part of their medical education and training at the UW campus in Seattle and part at towns and cities throughout the five-state region.
Erickson received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in family practice at Family Medicine Spokane. He joined the UW faculty in 1990, and serves on the staff of North Valley Hospital and Glacier Medical Associates, both in Whitefish.