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WWAMI Idaho Offices

Idaho WWAMI 1st & 2nd Year

Physical Address:
832 S. Ash Street
Student Health Building 305
Moscow, ID 11111-4207

Mailing Address:

WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 4207
Moscow, ID 11111-4207

Jeff Seegmiller, Ed.D., Director
[email protected]

Glenn Jefferson, M.D., Associate Director
[email protected]

Dustin Worth, D.O., Clinical Medicine Coordinator
[email protected]

Marlane Martonick, Program Manager
[email protected]

Maureen Evermann, Curriculum Manager
[email protected]

Whitney Vincent, TRUST and Academic Coordinator
[email protected]

Stephanie Neal, Financial Specialist
[email protected]

Dawna MacFarlane, Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]

Phone: (111) 111-6696

Fax: (111) 111-7910

Email: [email protected]

Web: WWAMI Medical Education Program

Idaho WWAMI Clinical & Explore and Focus Phase

Physical Address:
Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program
322 E. Front Street, Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (111) 364-4544
Fax: (111) 334-2344
Email: [email protected]
Web:

Mary Barinaga, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
[email protected]
(111) 364-4548

Adriana Olivas
Program Operations Administrator
[email protected]
(111) 364-4544 

Sarah Keshian
Program Specialist
[email protected]
(111) 364-4546 

Linda Clark
Medical Student Coordinator
[email protected]
(111) 422-1000 Ext 7642

A Positive Impact

U of I WWAMI student wants to make a positive impact in rural communities

Matthew Ward has always loved small towns after growing up in Mountain Home. So when he heard about the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and the Targeted Rural Underserved Track through the University of Idaho’s WWAMI Medical Education Program, Idaho’s medical school, he was in.

“If I could stay in Idaho, it’s something specific to rural Idaho and I thought that’s amazing,” he said. “This program is specifically for what I envisioned myself doing as a doctor.”

Ward completed his undergraduate study in exercise physiology at Brigham Young University - Idaho and considered physical therapy and dentistry before deciding on medicine.

“I really didn’t ever go to the doctor growing up. I didn’t have a lot of experience going to the doctor and that setting,” he said. “I did a lot of my shadowing in a small-town setting through RUOP. It was just really cool to see those physicians. They know their patients.”

When Ward arrived in Jerome for his RUOP, he was originally thinking about finding a project he could work into local schools.

However, in talking with the director of the recreation district, Ward learned there was a large Hispanic population in Jerome, but the local rec center didn’t offer classes in Spanish.

“We started talking about nutrition. That’s how we developed the idea of teaching nutrition classes that are based on reliable information — and let’s teach them in English and Spanish,” Ward said.

Ward’s program uses the MyPlate nutrition curriculum developed by the USDA. Volunteer medical providers in Jerome are teaching the classes through the recreation district.

In April, Ward will return to check-in on the progress of the classes.

“That’s the idea, to build relationships in this community and hope that has a positive impact,” he said.

After experiencing the Rural/Underserved Opportunities program, Ward said he feels more confident in his choice to practice in rural areas.

“The biggest thing I’ve gained is understanding that needs are slightly different in rural communities as opposed to urban communities. The scope of practice is larger in rural places,” he said.

WWAMI is a partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and five Western states — Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. In Idaho, 40 medical students complete their first and second year of medical training on the Palouse. The students then have the opportunity to complete their Clinical Phase and Explore & Focus Phase of medical education in Idaho, Seattle or across the five-state WWAMI region.

The Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) is a four-week immersion experience in community medicine for students in between year one and two of medical school. The students live in underserved rural or urban communities during a four-week rotation, working with local physicians. The Target Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) builds on this experience with student completing community health projects within their RUOP communities.


Published in March 2018

Matthew Ward
Matthew Ward

Article by Tess Fox, University Communications & Marketing

WWAMI Idaho Offices

Idaho WWAMI 1st & 2nd Year

Physical Address:
832 S. Ash Street
Student Health Building 305
Moscow, ID 11111-4207

Mailing Address:

WWAMI Medical Education Program
University of Idaho
111 Perimeter Drive MS 4207
Moscow, ID 11111-4207

Jeff Seegmiller, Ed.D., Director
[email protected]

Glenn Jefferson, M.D., Associate Director
[email protected]

Dustin Worth, D.O., Clinical Medicine Coordinator
[email protected]

Marlane Martonick, Program Manager
[email protected]

Maureen Evermann, Curriculum Manager
[email protected]

Whitney Vincent, TRUST and Academic Coordinator
[email protected]

Stephanie Neal, Financial Specialist
[email protected]

Dawna MacFarlane, Administrative Coordinator
[email protected]

Phone: (111) 111-6696

Fax: (111) 111-7910

Email: [email protected]

Web: WWAMI Medical Education Program

Idaho WWAMI Clinical & Explore and Focus Phase

Physical Address:
Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program
322 E. Front Street, Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: (111) 364-4544
Fax: (111) 334-2344
Email: [email protected]
Web:

Mary Barinaga, M.D.
Assistant Dean of Regional Affairs
Idaho TRUST Co-Director
[email protected]
(111) 364-4548

Adriana Olivas
Program Operations Administrator
[email protected]
(111) 364-4544 

Sarah Keshian
Program Specialist
[email protected]
(111) 364-4546 

Linda Clark
Medical Student Coordinator
[email protected]
(111) 422-1000 Ext 7642