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WWAMI Medical Student Compares Seattle to Laramie for Outcomes in Medical Education « Back to Search Results

While the curriculum of WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) is advertised as being identical at each of the partnering states’ campuses, students and stakeholders of the program can’t help but wonder what things are unique to each site -- both positive and negative.

In terms of patient populations, Seattle students have exposure to cases drawing from a population that is close to 750,000 people, compared to just under 35,000 residents of Laramie. Recently, Seattle WWAMI student Sandra Ritchie experienced both anatomy lab and classroom medical instruction in Laramie.

During July, Ritchie participated in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) in Laramie. RUOP pairs medical students with physicians in rural and/or underserved communities to allow the students to gain a better understanding of what their practices would involve in such a setting.

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