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University of Washington School of Medicine

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As the only medical school that directly provides educational service to Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI), the University of Washington School of Medicine was established in 1945. In 1971 the School of Medicine instituted a program to provide a decentralized medical education and a variety of educational opportunities. Through the WWAMI program, basic science education and clinical training is offered in sites throughout the 5 states.


4-year modern. First year: The introductory basic sciences are taught in relation to their clinical relevance. Courses in epidemiology, psychology, and molecular and cellular biology are offered as well as an introduction to clinical medicine course. Second year: The advanced basic sciences are taught within a systems context. In addition, courses are offered in genetics, hematology, and health care systems. Third and fourth years: Students select from a variety of elective clerkships after completing the prescribed clerkships. Additional requirements during these years are: neurology, surgical subspecialties, rehabilitation medicine, emergency medicine, and an elective clinical clerkship. There is also an Independent Investigative Inquiry requirement. The WWAMI program provides for decentralized medical education; therefore, students at this school may receive a portion of their training at sites away from the University of Washington campus. This arrangement is a component of the agreement to participate in the WWAMI program.

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Minority admissions: No students are admitted to the medical school on a preferential basis, but the school is interested in considering as many qualified applicants as it can from minority groups regardless of residence. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in the basic sciences.


The basic premedical science courses and proficiency in mathematics and English are required. Preference is given to legal residents of the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI Program). In addition, basic knowledge of biochemistry/ molecular biology concepts is recommended.Applicants who are being seriously considered will be asked to file supplementary information, which includes appropriate recommendations, as well as meeting other technical requirements, namely, confirmation of likelihood of graduation and authorization for a background check. Selectionforadmissionisdeterminedonthebasisofprior undergraduate work and on the MCAT, which the applicantmusttake.Thisissupplementedbysuchinformation as the candidate’s motivation, maturity, work experience, evidence of public service, and research experience. Transfer and advanced standing: None.


A system of Pass/Fail is used the first year, Honors, Pass, Fail in the second year, and Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail during the clinical years. Teaching: Clinical teaching programs are conducted in the Health Sciences Building and in the University Hospital. Other: Other affiliated hospitals in the city and throughout the Pacific Northwest provide opportunities for clinical training. Library:Acomprehensive medical library is available for students and staff. Housing: Information not available.

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