University of Washington School of Medicine, USA

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) is a public medical school in the northwest United States, located in Seattle and affiliated with the University of Washington.

UWSOM is the first public medical school in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The school maintains a network of teaching facilities in more than 100 towns and cities across the five-state region. As part of this “WWAMI” partnership, medical students from Alaska, Idaho, and Montana spend their first year and a half at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University, or the Montana State University, respectively. Wyoming residents attend the University of Wyoming for the first year and the University of Washington in Seattle for their second. In addition, sixty first-year students and forty second-year students from Washington are based at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

The school was founded in 1946 as the 76th medical school in the country and is a leader in primary care, family medicine, biomedical research, experimental therapy, clinical treatments, and academic medicine.  In 2014, the UW School of Medicine was ranked #10 in research and #1 in primary care and in rural medicine by U.S. News and World Report. The UW School of Medicine also ranks as one of the top medical schools in receipt of federal researching funding, having been awarded $712.3 million in grants by the National Institutes of Health in 2009. Only Harvard Medical School was awarded more federal funding.

In May 2013, it was announced that UW Medicine and PeaceHealth were coming together in a “strategic affiliation.” The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the merger as PeaceHealth is “directed by the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives” and UW Medicine is taxpayer-funded.

Uniquely based in both the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health has one of the most comprehensive academic global health programs in the world. In addition to the Global Health Pathway, GHIP (formerly known as IHOP) and the GHRC-Elective Clerkship Abroad (ECA), medical students have a long list of global health courses to choose from, are invited to participate in the monthly Global Health Journal Club, are invited to attend Department of Global Health lectures and Washington Global Health Alliance Discovery Series lectures.

The UW also has professional degree-granting programs for Physician Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Dentists, Physical Therapists andOccupational Therapists, Medical Technologists, and Epidemiologists. Some classes and volunteer service-learning opportunities include students from more than one discipline.

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