About the University of Washington School of Medicine

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) was founded in 1946. In the early 1970s it formed a unique partnership with the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, adding Wyoming in 1996, to provide innovative and cost-effective medical education to this region known as WWAMI.

UWSOM is recognized for excellence in training primary-care physicians and for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research.

UWSOM is consistently recognized as nation's top school for training physicians. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked UWSOM as No. 1 for primary care education – a recognition the School has earned for 23 of the past 24 years. Additionally, UWSOM ranks No. 1 for both family medicine and rural-medicine training, as it has for the past 26 years. UWSOM continues to be the leading public institution in the amount of federal research funding received. Based on the U.S. News accounting of National Institutes of Health funding, the School received $638.8 million in NIH grants in fiscal 2016 and is second to Harvard University, a private institution, in the amount of federal funding.

UWSOM also ranks No. 5 in pediatrics, No. 6 in internal medicine, No. 7 in geriatrics, and No. 8 in alcohol and drug abuse education.  The bioengineering graduate program jointly run with the College of Engineering is ranked No. 10, and the MEDEX Northwest physician assistant training program is ranked No. 11. 

Full-time physician faculty staff UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, as well as the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and Seattle Children’s. UWSOM faculty also practice in UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic locations throughout Puget Sound, and provide expert consultation to practicing physicians throughout the five state region.

Recognized for advancing medical knowledge through scientific research; UW scientists explore every aspect of health and disease, from the molecular mechanisms of gene action to population studies of global illnesses. Their work has contributed to improved understanding of the causes of disease and to better treatments and prevention of many disorders. 

Our graduates: physicians, scientists, allied health personnel, and scholars in medical history and ethics, go on to serve in a wide variety of capacities. Many M.D. and physician assistant alumni practice in areas of need, such as rural towns, inner cities and in developing nations. 

One distinguishing characteristic of the UW School of Medicine is interdisciplinary collaboration. Scientists, educators, and clinicians are dedicated to helping each other reach the common goals of improving people’s health and alleviating suffering from disease.