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WWAMI Idaho Offices

Idaho WWAMI 1st & 2nd Year

Physical Address:
121 W. Sweet Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844-4061

Mailing Address:

WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4061
Moscow, ID 83844-4061

Jeff Seegmiller, Ed.D., Director
Jeffreys@uidaho.edu

Rayme Geidl, M.D., Associate Director
rgeidl@uidaho.edu

Peter Fuerst, Ph.D., Associate Director of Curriculum
fuerst@uidaho.edu
208-885-7512

Dustin Worth, D.O., Clinical Medicine Coordinator
dworth@uidaho.edu

Marlane Martonick, Program Manager
marlanem@uidaho.edu

Whitney Vincent, TRUST and Academic Coordinator
wvincent@uidaho.edu

Stephanie Neal, Financial Specialist
stephanien@uidaho.edu

Dawna MacFarlane, Administrative Coordinator
dmacfarlane@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6696

Fax: 208-885-7910

Email: wwami@uidaho.edu

Web: WWAMI Medical Education Program

Idaho WWAMI Clinical & Explore and Focus Phase

Physical Address:

Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program
322 E. Front Street, Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4544
Fax: 208-334-2344
Email: idwwami@uw.edu
Web: Idaho WWAMI Clinical Office

Mary Barinaga, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
barinm@uw.edu
208-364-4548

Frank Batcha, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
batchf@uw.edu
208-364-4546

Sarah Keshian
Program Operations Administrator
sarakesh@uw.edu
208-364-4546

Chelsea Frisbee
Program Operations Specialist
cfrisbee@uw.edu
208-364-4544

Lydia Carbis
Medical Student Service Coordinator
Lydia.Carbis@va.gov
carbisl@uw.edu
208-422-1000 Ext 7642
208-332-4414

Boosting Rural Medicine Through Scholarship Support and Mentorship

Adjunct alumnus jumps at the chance to teach future physicians, despite being 2,000 miles from the University of Idaho.

For Dr. Byron Elliott ’81, who practices maternal and fetal medicine in Austin, Texas, giving back goes beyond providing scholarship support to Idaho WWAMI students. Driven by his passion for advancing rural medicine, giving back also takes the form of working directly with Idaho WWAMI to prepare future doctors to practice in underserved areas of Idaho.

In fall 2020, Dr. Elliott began sharing his clinical expertise as a guest lecturer for Idaho WWAMI on the subjects of genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, and ultrasound.

“Though I have not practiced medicine in Idaho nor lived there since I was an undergraduate, I jumped at the opportunity to teach future physicians at the University of Idaho,” he said.

Despite being 2,000 miles away, Dr. Elliott feels a connection to U of I, in part due to the mentorship he received at the university. As an undergraduate studying zoology, he benefitted from the mentorship of faculty members and his academic advisor Bruce Pitman ’75 ‘89, who would go on to serve as dean of students for 34 years.

The mentoring support he received both as an undergraduate and a medical student at Tulane University helped prepare him for a successful career in medicine.

The mentor/mentee relationship in the medical field is a very nurturing system. I want to support that wholeheartedly and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to become an adjunct faculty for WWAMI.

As an adjunct and mentor, Dr. Elliott enjoys directly investing in Idaho WWAMI students’ education with the goal of producing capable doctors for rural or underserved areas throughout Idaho. At the same time, Dr. Elliott continues to support Idaho WWAMI students by giving to scholarships.

“Everyone who has gone through the expense of medical school wants to defray that for students upfront,” he said. “I want to help students at a time when they have no income and huge expenses.”

Central to Dr. Elliott’s commitment to Idaho WWAMI is the program’s importance for the state.

"Communities in Idaho are in need of physician support. WWAMI students who come to learn here will stay in the region and Idaho WWAMI-supported programs, like Project ECHO, help providers anywhere in Idaho gain access to specialists and resources they can use in their clinics."


Published October 2020

Article by Joshua Nishimoto, University Advancement

Dr Byron Elliott
Dr. Byron Elliott

WWAMI Idaho Offices

Idaho WWAMI 1st & 2nd Year

Physical Address:
121 W. Sweet Avenue
Moscow, ID 83844-4061

Mailing Address:

WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 4061
Moscow, ID 83844-4061

Jeff Seegmiller, Ed.D., Director
Jeffreys@uidaho.edu

Rayme Geidl, M.D., Associate Director
rgeidl@uidaho.edu

Peter Fuerst, Ph.D., Associate Director of Curriculum
fuerst@uidaho.edu
208-885-7512

Dustin Worth, D.O., Clinical Medicine Coordinator
dworth@uidaho.edu

Marlane Martonick, Program Manager
marlanem@uidaho.edu

Whitney Vincent, TRUST and Academic Coordinator
wvincent@uidaho.edu

Stephanie Neal, Financial Specialist
stephanien@uidaho.edu

Dawna MacFarlane, Administrative Coordinator
dmacfarlane@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-885-6696

Fax: 208-885-7910

Email: wwami@uidaho.edu

Web: WWAMI Medical Education Program

Idaho WWAMI Clinical & Explore and Focus Phase

Physical Address:

Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program
322 E. Front Street, Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-4544
Fax: 208-334-2344
Email: idwwami@uw.edu
Web: Idaho WWAMI Clinical Office

Mary Barinaga, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
barinm@uw.edu
208-364-4548

Frank Batcha, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
batchf@uw.edu
208-364-4546

Sarah Keshian
Program Operations Administrator
sarakesh@uw.edu
208-364-4546

Chelsea Frisbee
Program Operations Specialist
cfrisbee@uw.edu
208-364-4544

Lydia Carbis
Medical Student Service Coordinator
Lydia.Carbis@va.gov
carbisl@uw.edu
208-422-1000 Ext 7642
208-332-4414