UW School of Medicine Students Robed with White Coats

Growing Number of Future Physicians Trained through Five-State WWAMI Program

Sep 05, 2015, 12:00 ET from University Of Washington

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Surrounded by a crowd of 250 faculty, friends and family members, forty UW School of Medicine students training in Spokane as part of the five-state WWAMI program were robed in White Coats during a special ceremony to mark their transition from preclinical to clinical health studies and readiness to interact with patients.  The Friday night event in Spokane was one of six ceremonies held recently by WWAMI partners in Seattle, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho to robe 246 students with white coats. 

WWAMI, a community-based, five-state, regional medical education program, is widely considered the leading academic model for training and placing physicians in underserved communities.   Founded nearly 45 years ago, UW School of Medicine's WWAMI program is expanding to train more doctors to serve the region.  

As the nation's leader in medical education for family and rural medicine, UW Medicine is integrating a new innovative curriculum, allowing first-year students to interact with patients one year earlier and glean valuable clinical experience.  

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The UW School of Medicine is rated the number one medical school in the United States for primary-care medical education, as well as family practice and rural medicine.

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