WWAMI Medical Students Lauded for Participation in Rural Idaho Training Program

Friday, October 19 2012

BOISE, Idaho –Idaho’s medical education program, which trains students from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, has received the 2012 American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation’s Outstanding Program Award for the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP). The award was presented Oct. 17.

R/UOP is a specialized program that allows medical students opportunities to work in rural and underserved communities to deepen their educational experiences and increase their desires to practice medicine in smaller towns and cities with limited health care.

The program is a four-week summer elective. Students must spend time living in rural Idaho where they work with local physicians who deliver community-based medical services. Students face both the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in underserved communities. At the same time, they gain first-hand knowledge about the region’s health-care systems and needs of the communities in which they’re trained.

The R/UOP program, administered by the University of Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Program, is popular with WWAMI students.  On average, 18 to 20 students are placed in the Idaho rural communities each summer. Since the program was started, more than 400 WWAMI medical students have participated in the Idaho R/UOP program.

The award was conveyed at the American Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting in Philadelphia. Marlane Martonick, U-Idaho’s WWAMI R/UOP coordinator, and Neva Santos, executive director of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, accepted the award on behalf of Idaho’s WWAMI program.
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