The University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI Medical Education program is an internationally recognized model for high-quality, cost-effective training of physicians and other health professionals.
Students at the University of Idaho WWAMI site are immersed in required and elective basic science and clinical academics during their initial two years of medical training in Moscow, Idaho. Referred to as the Foundation Phase, students complete 96 graduate credits in basic biomedical sciences and clinical medical education over an 18-month period.
- Students complete integrated coursework and clinical training in blocks of curriculum that merge diverse training in topics ranging from biochemistry to pathology to ethics.
- Students complete independent research of their design in collaboration with scientists and clinicians during the summer term after their first year.
- Many students pursue additional elective studies including wilderness medicine, Spanish for healthcare providers, LGBTQ medicine or diet and nutrition. Students may also organize and engage in non-academic interest groups based on clinical specialties.
During the Clinical Phase (years 3 and 4), students complete the required clinical and elective clerkships of the curriculum. This includes at least one clerkship at a large quaternary hospital in Seattle but may also include regional experiences in Idaho and across the five WWAMI states.