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Idaho WWAMI Students Encourage Aspiring Physicians at Health Expo

January 17, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — Jan. 17, 2019 — Four Idaho WWAMI medical students from the University of Idaho will help aspiring physicians learn more about the process of applying to, and the experience of, medical school as part of the 2019 Boise School District Health Professions Expo from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Denis Technical Education Center Annex, 3324 S. Pro Tech Drive, Boise.

“Everyone knows it takes a lot of work and schooling to become a doctor, but many of these young students need to know exactly what that means,” said Adrian Richey, Idaho WWAMI’s student ambassador. “If we lay it all out over a timeline, it’s much more manageable and easy for young students to understand what it takes to get accepted and be successful.”

Health professions are among the fastest growing, most abundant and highest paying occupations in Idaho and the U.S., according to the Idaho Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor. Idaho ranks 48th in the nation for practicing physicians and U of I, through its partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine, focuses on providing a high-value medical education to Idaho’s residents.

Past Health Professions Expos have attracted more than 1,000 students and parents. All Boise School District junior and senior high school students and their parents are invited to attend this year’s expo.

"This event is a great opportunity for students and parents to explore a wide variety of health-related careers through engaging activities with exhibitors and conversations with practitioners, current medical students, and college/program reps," said Ann Farris, college career liaison with the Boise School District.

Admission to the 2019 expo is free. The first 50 students admitted receive free earbuds and the first 500 students admitted receive a free 2019 Health Professions Expo T-shirt.

WWAMI is a partnership with five Western states – Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – and the University of Washington. In Idaho, 40 medical students each year are enrolled in classes at U of I. Students complete the two-year classroom phase of medical school at U of I and then complete their clinical phases at locations across Idaho and the WWAMI region.

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