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Idaho WWAMI office

Mail address: 875 Perimeter Drive MS 4207
Location: 832 S. Ash Street, SHB Room 304
Moscow, ID 83844-4207
Phone: (208) 885-6696
Fax: (208) 885-7910
E-mail: wwami@uidaho.edu

Boise WWAMI office

Mary Barinaga, M.D.
Phone: (208) 364-4544
Fax: (208) 334-2344
Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program
322 E. Front Street, Suite 442B
Boise, Idaho 83702
Email: barinm@u.washington.edu


IDAHO’S WWAMI MEDICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM -- A partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Forty-three years of collaboration and innovation, all in the service of educating the future physician workforce. Started in 1972, WWAMI is currently in its 43rd year of successfully educating Idaho’s physicians. The WWAMI program is nationally accredited through its partnership with UW School of Medicine, allowing 35 Idaho medical students to complete their first and second year of medical training here in the Palouse.  Idaho's medical students will complete their 3rd and 4th clinical years at the WWAMI Clinical site in Boise.

WWAMI is a medical school program, not a premedical program. Students who enter the program are dual enrolled at the University of Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine, and complete their foundations phase (18 months) of medical school. This includes 7 blocks & 3 threads taught by Clinical Skills Instructors and Foundations Guides, both on campus and in the community. The curriculum at each WWAMI site has been standardized and is compatible with the University of Washington School of Medicine curriculum which integrates the basic and clinical sciences, and includes rural health care at an early time in medical education.

The WWAMI Medical Education Program has five primary goals for the State of Idaho:

  • provide publically supported medical education
  • increase the number of primary-care physicians
  • provide community-based medical education
  • expand graduate medical education (residency training) and continuing medical education
  • provide all of this in a cost-effective manner

The Idaho WWAMI program has an excellent rate of return with over 50% of its graduates returning to Idaho, and many choosing a career in primary care medicine,  locating their practices in the non-metropolitan areas.  

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