Region and World

Delivering babies in rural Alaska. Developing vaccines that prevent cancer from recurring. Treating patients at health clinics in remote parts of Africa.

Graduates of the University of Washington School of Medicine are improving healthcare throughout the world. With the skills they learned at one of the nation’s leading medical schools, they are innovators and leaders in patient care, teaching and medical discovery.

Founded in 1946, the UW School of Medicine serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho through what is widely considered the best academic model for the training and placing of physicians in rural and medically underserve​d communities. The UW School of Medicine is ranked the No. 1 medical school in the nation for primary care training, and has been for 23 of the past 24 years, and No. 1 in family medicine and rural medicine for 26 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report​​.

In addition, the School of Medicine ranks No. 2 in the nation (and No. 1 among public medical schools) in research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In clinical areas, U.S. News & World Report​ ranks the school ​No. 5 for pediatrics, tied for No. 6 for internal medicine, No. 7 for geriatrics, and No. 8 for drug and alcohol abuse. The bioengineering program, run jointly with the College of Engineering, is tied for No. 10.

Full-time physician faculty members staff UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Seattle Children’s, all located in Seattle, as well as Valley Medical Center in Renton. UW medical faculty members also staff UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic locations throughout King County, Wash. The physician faculty provides expert consultation to practicing physicians throughout the region.

Research scientists at the UW School of Medicine 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 cause of diseases and to better treatments and prevention of many disorders.

Graduates of the UW School of Medicine - physicians, scientists, allied health personnel and scholars in medical history and ethics - go on to serve in a variety of capacities. Many MD and physician assistant alumni practice in areas of need, such as rural towns, inner cities and developing nations.

Wherever UW physicians practice, interdisciplinary collaboration is the hallmark of the UW School of Medicine that graduates take with them. Scientists, educators and clinicians are dedicated to helping each other reach the common goals of improving people’s health and alleviating suffering from disease.