Although there are more than a hundred schools of medicine in the United States, until 2005, there was only one medical school in the state of Washington. Since 2005, however, the number has only increased by one. These two schools not only stand as the two main medical schools for the state, but increasingly have been called on to train and educate doctors and nurses for the whole region, including offering cooperative medical degree programs with other Washington universities.
University of Washington
Chosen in 2010 by "U.S. News & Word Report" as the top medical school for primary care as well as a top 10 school in medical research, the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine has been a leader of medical education in the Pacific Northwest since its founding in 1946. The UW School of Medicine not only serves to train doctors and nurses for the state of Washington but also acts as the primary medical school for the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.
The UW School of Medicine offers a comprehensive academic program at both the M.D. and Ph.D. level. Additionally, the School of Medicine is affiliated with some of the top hospitals in the area including the UW Medical Center and Harborview Hospital.
UW School of Medicine A-300 Health Sciences Center Box 356340 Seattle, WA 98195-6340 206-543-7212 uwmedicine.washington.edu
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Founded in 2005, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences was established to satisfy the call in the health care industry for the provision of doctors trained in osteopathic medicine (DO). The school is the only school of osteopathic medicine located in the Pacific Northwest and offers a four-year medical curriculum including two years of intensive classroom work followed by two years of clinical rotations in a variety of fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, osteopathic principles and emergency medicine.
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 111 University Parkway, Suite 202 Yakima, WA 98901 509-452-5100 pnwu.org
Washington State University WWAMI Pullman Medical Education Program
Although Washington State University (WSU) does not have a dedicated medical school of its own, through the University of Washington School of Medicine's WWAMI Program, WSU students interesting in becoming doctors can receive a medical education leading to an M.D. without ever leaving the WSU campus. All applications are through the University of Washington's School of Medicine, but classes, labs, clinics and rotations are held at WSU's campuses in Pullman or Spokane, Washington.
WWAMI Medical Education Program PO Box 643510 Washington State University Pullman, WA 99164-3510 509-335-2602 wwami.wsu.edu
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