WWAMI - Eastern & Central Washington


Eastern and Central Washington Medical Education Overview​

Eastern and Central Washington UWSOM Partner Communities:
  • Home to Washington’s sec​ond largest hospital – Providence Sacred Heart is one of six hospitals in the Spokane area available for training
  • Home to five residencies in Spokane (FM, IM, Radiology, Transitional and Psych) and Family Medicine Residencies in Yakima/Ellensburg and Richland
  • Home to the nation’s first Rural Residency Training Track in Colville - affiliated with Providence Family Medicine Residency Spokane
  • Site of WWAMI’s first clerkship outside of Seattle – Omak Family Medicine was established in 1971
  • Home of supportive medical communities providing clinical training
    • ​24 required clerkships in 9 communities
    • 29 elective clerkships in 3 communities
  • Spokane offers availability for students to TRACK in 3rd and/or 4th year
  • Eastern & Central Washington has six communities designated as WRITE (WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience) training sites (18 – 22 week longitudinal experiences as third year student)​
  • Eastern & Central Washington has five communities designated as TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) sites to give students exposure to medical education in a continuity community over their medical school career​
  • Boasts growth both in foundation and clinical phases of medical education
    • 60 Foundations Phases students training ​in Spokane​
    • Doubling of 3rd & 4th year medical students enrolled in Spokane’s clerkships between 2009-2013 from 121 to 238 student rotations
    • Lower student to faculty ratios
    • Close relationship with faculty and attending physicians allows for a more tailored experience
    • More opportunity for hands-on experience and greater contact with patients.

​Spokane Introduction

Spokane is considered the gateway to the Inland Pacific Northwest:
  • 450,000 people reside in the greater Spokane area
  • Medical centers serve a catchment area of 2 million people in Washi​ngton, Idaho, Montana and Oregon
  • Theatres, concerts, performing arts, art galleries, amazing park system and the Centennial Trail provide diverse cultural opportunities
  • Nearby lakes, mountains, hiking, climbing, skiing (4 downhill within 80 miles and ample Nordic trails), bicycling, jogging (Bloomsday is in early May), Hoopfest (25,000 3-on-3 basketball players) provide physical and recreational haven
  • Spokane offers reasonable living costs for rents, utilities and entertainment ​​​​ 


Eastern & Central Washington Introduction

Eastern and Central Washington UWSOM Partner Communities:
  • Required & Elective Clerkship sites range from small, rural communities to medium sized communities with populations exceeding 25,000
  • In RUOP (Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program- sites where students spend 4 weeks between M1-M2 year), students can select from over 25 communities ranging in size of less than 1000 population to larger communities of 25,000 population throughout Eastern Washington
  • Eastern Washington runs the full spectrum of topography and natural settings offering exposure to a wide variety of recreational activities ​including downhill skiing near Leavenworth or river rafting in Wenatchee or exploring vineyards in Yakima​

3rd Year and 4th Year Clerkships

3rd and 4th year clerkships are offered throughout Central and Eastern Washington.
For Department information, please visit 3rd Year Student Resources and 4th Year Student Resources. ​
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WWAMI Regional Medical School Information

For more information about WWAMI, please visit our medical school page.

​Contact Information​

Chief for Medical Education for UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, Associate Dean for Eastern Washington

 

Darryl Potyk, M.D.
potykd@uw.edu

Operations Administrator
Michelle Madeen
mmadeen@uw.edu
509-313-7917
509.358.7793 (fax)

​Physical Address ​ ​
Gonzaga University
Schoenberg Center
800 N Pearl
Spokane, WA 99202

Mailing Address
WWAMI Clinical Medical Education – Eastern & Central WA
UW at Schoenberg Center
Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane WA 99258

Assistant Clinical Dean for Eastern and Central Washington

 

Geoff Jones, M.D
jonesgs@u.washington.edu

​Operations Administrator
Elizabeth Evans
Evanse3@uw.edu
509-313-7916
509-313-7930 (fax)

​Physical Address ​ ​
Gonzaga University
Schoenberg Center
800 N Pearl
Spokane, WA 99202

Mailing Address
WWAMI Clinical Medical Education – Eastern & Central WA
UW at Schoenberg Center
Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane WA 99258

Assistant Dean for Spokane, Washington

 

Operations Administrator
Michelle Madeen
mmadeen@uw.edu

Operations Administrator
Janie Morton
jmford@uw.edu
509-313-7917
509.358.7793 (fax)

​Physical Address ​ ​
Gonzaga University
Schoenberg Center
800 N Pearl
Spokane, WA 99202

Mailing Address
WWAMI Clinical Medical Education – Eastern & Central WA
UW at Schoenberg Center
Gonzaga University
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane WA 99258

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