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WWAMI

WWAMI is the regional medical education network of the University of Washington School of Medicine. The states involved in the program are Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. WWAMI aims to meet the health care needs of the region, make public medical education accessible to residents of these five states, and encourage graduates to choose careers in primary care medicine and locate their practices in non-metropolitan areas of the Northwest.

Internists have an important role to play in the delivery of health care in rural areas. They provide a combination of general adult care, consultation, and subspecialty expertise. The Department of Medicine is proud to participate in the WWAMI program and through this participation to encourage more internists to choose to practice in rural communities.

Each year, approximately 65 third-year medical students choose WWAMI sites for a portion or all of their basic medicine clerkship. These sites include Anchorage, Alaska; Boise, Idaho; Missoula and Billings, Montana; Spokane and Wenatchee, Washington; and Jackson and Sheridan, Wyoming. In addition, about 35 fourth-year students travel each year to WWAMI sites, especially Boise and Spokane, for advanced primary care clerkships.

Medical residents also participate in the WWAMI program. The Department of Medicine sponsors Boise Internal Medicine with eight categorical residents per year, and another 20 travel to WWAMI sites for elective block rotations. In addition to Boise, these include Wenatchee and Toppenish, Washington; Billings, Missoula, Dillon, Livingston, and Sidney, Montana; and Soldotna, Alaska. Residents work in a number of settings in these communities, from solo practitioner offices to large clinics and hospitals. The rural rotations are highly rated and always in demand.