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Alaska WWAMI and UW School of Medicine Celebrate US News #1 Rankings

The University of Washington School of Medicine & Alaska WWAMI Celebrate 23 Years as the Nation’s #1 Ranked Program for Primary Care Education


U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Graduate Schools’ 2018 also ranked the UW School of Medicine #1 for both family medicine and rural medicine training


Today, the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Alaska WWAMI announce the medical school again ranks No. 1 in the nation for primary care education in the latest U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Graduate Schools,’ 2018 edition. This is the 23rd time in the 24 years of this U.S. News ranking category that it has held the No. 1 primary care position.

Additionally, both family medicine and rural medicine training continue with a No. 1 ranking for the 26th consecutive year. Other notable national rankings for UWSOM include No. 5 in pediatrics (children’s healthcare), tied at No. 6 in internal medicine (adolescent through adult healthcare), No. 7 in geriatrics (elder healthcare), and No. 8 in drug and alcohol abuse.

And UWSOM continues its distinction as the No. 1 recipient among public universities for the amount of federal research funding it receives (second to Harvard overall).

U.S. News ranks the nation’s graduate and professional schools through a weighted average of several indicators, including admissions selectivity, faculty/student ratios and peer assessments.

"We are so proud that the UW School of Medicine has retained its number one rankings in primary care, family medicine and rural medicine education,” said Jane Shelby, Ph.D., assistant dean, Foundations Phase, Alaska WWAMI. “This honor speaks to the quality, expertise and commitment of the Alaska WWAMI faculty, our staff and students, and our talented clinical partners throughout the state. UAA’s 45-year partnership with the UW School of Medicine and the support of our state legislators has contributed to the success of this five-state medical education program, and benefits the 20 first-year medical students who begin their training here each fall.”

Alaska WWAMI has required clerkships (clinical training sites for 3rd and 4th year medical students) in 10 communities across the state, including Anchorage, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Petersburg, Sitka, Soldotna, and Wasilla. UWSOM’s Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) program admits students with a specific interest in rural and underserved care, and matches them to rural communities where they participate in tailored curricular activities during all four years of medical school. TRUST communities in Alaska include Ketchikan, Kodiak and Wasilla.

“Our unique partnerships with the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI), established decades ago, provide varied and well-rounded clinical experiences for our students. Our partnerships are integral to our ongoing success,” said Suzanne Allen, M.D., Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs. “By educating students in their home states, our goal is to help provide our partner states with the physician workforce they need to meet the needs of their communities.”

Each year U.S. News ranks schools using two types of data – the opinions of experts about program excellence and statistical information on the quality of faculty, research and students. Medical schools are ranked overall in two categories, primary care and research, as well as in training in specific clinical fields, such as family medicine and rural medicine.

The UW School of Medicine serves as the only public allopathic medical school in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho through its WWAMI program which provides medical education across the five-state region. The WWAMI program is a key element in UWSOM’s nationally recognized success in teaching rural medicine, family medicine and primary care.

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