In place for more than 47 years, the five-state WWAMI program is internationally recognized as a model program for high-quality, cost-effective training of physicians and other health professionals in rural areas.
First-year and second-year students at the Idaho WWAMI site take an intense academic load during their initial 2 years of medical training, referred to as the Foundation Phase. During this time, students complete a total of 96 graduate credits in both the basic biomedical sciences and clinical medical education. Students are also enrolled in 8 credits during the summer as they complete their required research course. Many also complete one to two additional elective courses during this timeframe. Students are located in Moscow for 18 months during their Foundation Phase. In fall of 2019, the number of medical students at the UI in Moscow was 80 (forty 1st year students and forty 2nd year students). Historically, the WWAMI students would spend their first year at the regional campus and then complete their second year in Seattle on the UW main campus. With the curriculum renewal, the second-year content was merged with the first year to create an 18-month model that incorporates an integrated curriculum with enhanced clinical preparation. This 18-month curriculum is called the Foundations Phase. In the 2nd year, medical students will continue the Foundation Phase of their medical education through fall semester at the University of Idaho, Moscow. In the 3rd year, referred to as the Clinical Phase and the 4th year, known as the Explore and Focus Phase, students complete the clinical required and elective clerkships of the curriculum. Students will still have a required clerkship rotation at a large quaternary hospital in Seattle, but will be able to have a more invested regional experience and spend most of their 4 years in Idaho.