Training Idaho doctors has been a priority for Idaho WWAMI since 1972.
As Idaho’s publicly funded medical school for 49 years, Idaho WWAMI has collaborated with the nationally ranked University of Washington School of Medicine to train 812 Idaho-raised physicians at the University of Idaho.
Help Idaho's Future Physicians Achieve Their Goals
Nationally, Idaho ranks 50/50 in physicians per capita, has an aging healthcare workforce and is one of the fastest-growing states. These factors compound the fact that Gem State medical professionals are desperately needed. Rural community doctors earn about $60,000 less than the national average and, when coupled with crushing debt upon graduation, Idaho-trained physicians may choose to practice out of state. Your gift to the Idaho WWAMI Scholarship Fund reduces student debt and helps keep Idaho-trained doctors in Idaho.
Did you know that 80 medical students are on the U of I campus each year? To accommodate the program and to facilitate a curriculum designed for team-based learning, Idaho WWAMI provides our students with a beautiful facility and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab to match their aspirations. Supporting the Building and Capital Fund helps establish a strong identity for the WWAMI program at U of I while offering comfort and a sense of place to students.
Support Idaho's Mental and Medical Healthcare Workforce
Part of Idaho WWAMI since 2018, ECHO Idaho offers Gem State health professionals the opportunity to participate in a community where experts and peers share knowledge, experience and expertise using technology - not proximity - to connect. ECHO Idaho uses video conferencing over lunchbreaks to bring physicians, nurses, counselors, pharmacists and others together in real-time collaborative sessions.
Your gift to the Project ECHO fund helps safeguard ongoing series such as Opioid, Pain and Substance Use Disorders and COVID-19. Funding also helps Project ECHO develop new offerings such as Hepatitis C and Pediatric Behavioral Health.
Enhance Student Experiences with N. Idaho Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Supported by Idaho WWAMI since 2018, N. Idaho AHEC enhances access to primary and preventative healthcare by leveraging strategic partnerships with academic programs, communities and professional organizations. Through coordination with AHEC, Idaho WWAMI students can participate in the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP). Students are placed in rural or urban-underserved communities throughout Idaho for four weeks where they work alongside a physician preceptor to develop their understanding of primary care and how community health systems function. Your gift to the N. Idaho AHEC or RUOP Funds helps provide Idaho WWAMI students with experiences they will not find through classroom-based curriculum.
The Dean's Excellence Fund is an important safeguard that can be used to send students to a conference, bring in guest lecturers and educators, host specialized workshops and even assist students with short-term emergency expenses. A gift to the Dean's Excellence Fund provides the flexibility to meet immediate needs and take advantage of timely opportunities for students and faculty instructors.
Further Your Impact
Gritman Medical Center has established a $1,000 scholarship match, to be unlocked after Idaho WWAMI receives the first $1,000 in scholarship gifts.