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.
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.
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.