In addition to recruiting through the WWAMI
program, FHP also looks to attract talent from around the state or the Lower 48, as necessary.
started in 1971 with four states and added Wyoming in 1996.]
Rural categories were defined using the Rural Urban Commuting Codes (RUCA) designation (WWAMI
Rural Health Research Center, n.d.).
Initial use of MINDscape began around 1996 with a diverse group of users: physicians, nurses, residents, nurse practitioners, fellows, and attending phsyicians, including the WWAMI
region of referring physicians.
In 1973, the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI
) medical school program was established and allocated just 20 slots for Montana students.
Frederick Chen, WWAMI
Rural Health Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle
Mike directed the WWAMI
Medical Program at University of Idaho and Washington State University from 1988 to 2003.
In addition, UW Medical Center is the leading provider of highly specialized care of patients and consulting services to physicians in the five-state region known as WWAMI
--Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho -- served by the UW School of Medicine.
In addition to being one of the top 10 medical schools in the United States, the university is also the focal point of the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI
) network, a rural medical education and research network similar to what is being set up in Northern Ontario.
program at the University of Washington Health Sciences campus provided an excellent opportunity to access a large student body representing a vast geographic area.
* University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, WWAMI
Rural Telemedicine Network.