WRITE Program

The WRITE Program is a clinical medical education program developed by the University Of Washington School Of Medicine as a means to help meet the need for rural primary care physicians in the WWAMI region. The success of this unique program is due to the integration of community involvement, continuity of experience, and a proven curriculum. The impetus for creating WRITE was to expand primary care and rural training options at the University of Washington; develop additional training experiences in the WWAMI states, including rural Washington; foster the primary care mission of the University of Washington; provide more physicians for rural practice in the Pacific Northwest.

The WRITE Program is designed to give selected third-year medical students an appropriate mix of ambulatory and hospital experience during a 18-22 week clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site. Throughout the program, the WRITE student has the opportunity to develop a practice style while learning how to treat a broad range of medical, surgical and psychological problems. Learning experiences emphasize the rural physician’s responsibilities and roles of diagnosing, treating and managing the majority of health problems on a longitudinal, continuing basis, while calling upon all the health care resources available in the community. The intent of the experience is to allow students interested in primary care to:
 
  • know the day-to-day workings of a rural community practice
  • effectively particpate as a member of a rural practice team
  • provide continuity care for a panel of patients
  • demonstrate social integration into a rural community
  • meet all objectives of other clerkships for which he/she will receive credit while participating in the unique WRITE teaching environment
  • display confidence in providing care while recognizing his/her limits
  • act professionally with patients and members of the health care team
  • accurately assess learning needs, develop and implement learning plans to meet these needs
  • develop solutions to problems presented in daily practice

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