WWAMI is an internationally recognized model for high-quality, cost-effective training of physicians and other health professionals in rural areas.
Students at the University of Idaho WWAMI site take an intense academic load 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 earn 8 credits during the summer as they complete their required research course.
- Many opt to complete one to two additional elective courses – such as Spanish for healthcare providers, LGBTQ medicine, or diet and nutrition - during this timeframe.
During the Clinical Phase (years 3 and 4), students complete the required clinical 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 four years in Idaho.