University of Washington School of Medicine Review

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The University of Washington School of Medicine is a 4-year MD-granting program that was founded in 1946. The University of Washington School of Medicine is the only 5-state medical school in the U.S. with their unique WWAMI program (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). WWAMI allows students to complete their first year in their home state, followed by year two in either Seattle or Spokane. UW School of Medicine provides students many opportunities to explore their interests through one of their four rural programs or by selecting a pathway that works with a vulnerable population. Pathways are available with underserved populations, Indian Health, Global Health, Hispanic Health, and LGBTQ health. UW is also known for their research and gives students the opportunity to pursue research if they wish. The service-learning program also gives students the opportunity to engage in the community and use it as a learning experience.


The University of Washington School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the general health and well-being of the public. In pursuit of its goals, the School is committed to excellence in biomedical education, research and healthcare. The School is also dedicated to ethical conduct in all activities. As the pre-eminent academic medical center in our region and as a national leader in biomedical research, we place special emphasis on educating and training physicians, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to three distinct goals:​

Meeting the healthcare needs of our region, especially by recognizing the importance of primary care and providing service to underserved populations
Advancing knowledge
Assuming leadership in the biomedical sciences and in academic medicine
The School works with public and private agencies to improve healthcare and advance knowledge in medicine and related fields of inquiry. It acknowledges a special responsibility to the people in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, who have joined with it in a unique regional partnership. The School is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, fellows, residents and students and to assuring that access to education and training is open to learners from all segments of society, acknowledging a particular responsibility to the diverse populations within our region.


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Campus: Seattle

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  • - Annual High Temp: 60.3°F

    - Annual Low Temp: 45°F

    - Av. Annual Rainfall: 37.13 inch

*US average index is 100


The School values diversity and inclusion and is committed to building and sustaining an academic community in which teachers, researchers and learners achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes that value and embrace inclusiveness, equity and awareness as a way to unleash creativity and innovation. ​​​

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