WWAMI Pro Recognition Program
The WWAMI Pro recognition program honors professionalism throughout our medical school community by capturing moments in time when someone has gone above and beyond in providing a respectful and supportive learning environment. Medical students are encouraged to recognize role models and teachers in their midst. Recognition can be directed toward any contributor to a student’s learning environment, including attending physicians, residents, interns, other physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and staff, such as front office staff, administrators clerks, custodial staff and security.
Honorees receive a commendation letter from Paul Ramsey, M.D., CEO of UW Medicine and Dean, UW School of Medicine, Suzanne Allen, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, UW School of Medicine, and the Committee for Continuous Professionalism Improvement (CPI), and a distinctive and unique pin commemorating the award.
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Continuous Professionalism Improvement at UW School of Medicine
The UW School of Medicine is committed to the promotion of professionalism throughout our community. To support this, the Committee for Continuous Professionalism Improvement (CPI) was created in 2007 by Dr. Paul Ramsey. The CPI is charged with overseeing and promoting professionalism throughout the medical school and all teaching sites. This diverse, engaged committee has provided a key leadership role in many efforts, including creating WWAMI Pro and the CPI Professionalism Vignettes featured below. To learn more about the CPI, please visit http://www.uwmedicine.org/about/core-values/cpi.
Jim Branahl, MD
Boise VA | Boise, ID
“I tell students: ‘Learn your patient’s story, not just their diagnosis.’ Many of our patients are elderly and have incredible stories to tell about their military service. It’s an important window into who they are – learning about our patients ultimately makes us better at what we do. The humanity of medicine is what makes it meaningful.”
LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD
Tribal Health Clinic | Polson, MT
“I am dedicated to finding ways to increase the workforce of native physicians. Whether it’s through our Tribal Health Department internship program for tribal members in college, a three day STEM-related camp for tribal middle school students, or bringing a traveling, interactive science museum from the University of Montana to our annual powwow – any place I can be involved in teaching or workforce issues, I do. ”
Greg Rice, MD
Libby Clinic | Libby, MT
“When students come to Libby to do their clerkships – especially the third year students – they’ve been in study mode for much of their life and all of a sudden the goal is less about getting good grades, and more about taking care of patients. It’s a big transition that I enjoy helping them make. One of the most important things I teach students is that they will never stop becoming a physician. It will continue for the rest of their lives.”