WWAMI Medical Education Program


Martin Teintze, Ph.D.
310 Leon Johnson Hall
Email: mteintze@montana.edu
Home Page: www.montana.edu/wwwwami

Program Manager

Ashley Rozboril
308 Leon Johnson Hall
Tel: 406-994-4411, email: wwami@montana.edu

Program Description

Sponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine and leading to an M.D. degree from that school, the WWAMI program is designed to provide medical education for citizens of the participating states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho), to provide physicians for these states, to encourage physicians to practice in locations where physicians are most needed and to provide a nucleus of medical education in regions that do not have an independent school of medicine.

WWAMI is a medical school program, not a premedical program. The program is supported by the State of Montana and guarantees that 30 qualified Montana residents can be admitted to the Medical School at the University of Washington School of Medicine each year.

Students who enter the program complete their first year of the basic science curriculum at the participating university in their home state. First year programs exist at Washington State University-Pullman, Washington State University-Spokane, the University of Wyoming-Laramie, the University of Alaska in Anchorage, Montana State University-Bozeman, and the University of Idaho-Moscow. The curriculum at each site is similar and compatible with the University of Washington School of Medicine curriculum which integrates the basic and clinical sciences, stresses rural health care at an early time in medical education, and incorporates a department of family medicine.

Course subject matter at MSU includes human anatomy and tissue structure, human physiology, medical biochemistry, introduction to clinical medicine,  infectious diseases, behavioral systems, nervous system, and anatomy of the head and neck. A clinical preceptorship program has been developed which involves the student with local physicians for several hours each week.

Following one year of study at MSU, students join their classmates from other WWAMI sites at the Seattle campus for the remaining years of their medical education.

At the conclusion of the first two years, students enter the clinical phase of their education. During this phase students have the opportunity to complete their third year and most of their fourth year of medical school at either Billings or Missoula. Students receive training from physicians in the communities where the physicians live and practice (community phase). These "Clerkships" are established for a given educational need (e.g., pediatrics, family medicine). Six Clerkship sites have been established in Montana: Billings (Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry), Great Falls (Pediatrics), Missoula (Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery and Psychiatry; Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Whitefish (Family Medicine), Havre (Family Medicine and OB/GYN), and Dillon (Internal Medicine).

To be eligible for the Montana State University WWAMI program, the prospective medical student must be certified by the Montana University System as a resident of Montana and must satisfy the admission requirements of the University of Washington School of Medicine. It is not necessary for a student to complete the premedical (undergraduate) education at MSU in order to be eligible for the WWAMI program. Students admitted to the program are selected by the Admissions Office at the University of Washington School of Medicine and are regarded as members of the freshman medical class there, although they register as resident students in their home states for the first year of the program.

First Year Medical School Curriculum

The first year basic medical school curriculum is required for all medical students accepted at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Required Courses: Fall Semester

MEDS 510Micro Anatomy (Histology)3
MEDS 511Anatomy and Embryology4
MEDS 512Mechanisms Cell Physiology4
MEDS 513Intro Clinical Med l2
MEDS 514Biochem & Molecular Biol5
MEDS 516Clinical Preceptorship1
MEDS 533Systems of Human Behavior3
MEDS 591Med Info & Decision Making1
Total Credits23

Required Courses: Spring Semester

MEDS 521Infectious Disease & Microbiol5
MEDS 522Intro Clinical Med ll2
MEDS 523Immunology & Human Diseases2
MEDS 531Head & Neck Anatomy4
MEDS 532Nervous System5
MEDS 551Med Musculoskeletal Anatomy3
Total Credits21

Further Information

Contact the Montana WWAMI Director at MSU or the URL http://www.montana.edu/wwwwami for complete application, admission, and program requirements.