University of Idaho Announces WWAMI Interim Director

Wednesday, May 22 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho announced today that Joe Cloud has been selected as interim director of the WWAMI – Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – Medical Education Program for Idaho. He will take the helm on June 1 from Andrew Turner, who has provided exemplary leadership in the program for the last 10 years.

“Along with serving as the former chair of the department of biology and having a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching in biological sciences, Joe Cloud has worked extensively with WWAMI students and faculty over the years. I look forward to working with him to continue the high quality and strength of the WWAMI Medical Education Program,” said Katherine Aiken, interim provost and executive vice-president.

Cloud came to the University of Idaho in 1977 as a professor of zoology in the department of biological sciences. His research primarily focuses on understanding germ cell development in salmonids and the establishment of a germplasm repository for threatened and endangered fish. Recent research projects include the cryopreservation and transplantation of salmonid gonads and the isolation, cryopreservation and reestablishment of germinal stem cells. Cloud teaches cell physiology to first-year UI and Washington State University WWAMI medical students.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal physiology at West Virginia University. After that, he earned a master’s and a doctoral degree in endocrinology and reproductive physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the division of reproductive biology at John Hopkins School of Public Health before coming to the UI.

“I have watched this program grow since my arrival, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to its success,” said Cloud.

The University of Idaho is a member of WWAMI, the University of Washington School of Medicine’s regional medical education program. WWAMI is a partnership between UW and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho to provide medical education in a distributed model across the five-state region.

Started in 1972, the UI WWAMI Program is currently in its 41st year and is nationally accredited through its partnership with UW. Each year, medical students complete their first year of medical training on the Palouse, with combined program faculties and facilities at UI and WSU.

The academic focus is loaded with basic medical sciences, as well as introductory clinical training and patient care through preceptorships with regional physicians. WWAMI also provides outreach for students in K-12, colleges, medical school residency students and physicians in community practice.
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