Office of Rural Programs

WRITE

WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)

A clinical medical education program developed by the University of Washington School of Medicine to help meet the need for more rural primary care physicians in the WWAMI region.

Program Overview

WRITE offers selected third-year medical students a mix of ambulatory and hospital training through a clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site. Throughout the program, WRITE students develop practice styles while learning how to treat a broad range of medical, surgical, and psychological problems. Emphasis is on the rural physician’s roles and responsibilities to diagnose, treat, and manage the majority of health problems on a longitudinal continuing basis while calling upon the health care resources of the community.

WRITE was created to expand primary care and rural training options at the University of Washington; develop additional training experiences in the WWAMI states, including rural Washington; foster the primary care mission of the University of Washington, and provide more physicians for rural practice in the Pacific Northwest.

This unique program has been successful because of its integration of community involvement, continuity of experience, and proven curriculum.

Information for current WRITE students and preceptors, along with a list of current WRITE sites and descriptions, can be found here.

Program Objectives

At the end of this WRITE experience, the student should be able to:

  • Know the day-to-day workings of a rural community practice
  • Effectively participate as a member of the rural practice team
  • Provide continuity in care for a panel of patients
  • Demonstrate social integration into a rural community
  • Meet all objectives of other clerkships for which he/she will receive credit while participating in the unique WRITE teaching environment
  • Display confidence in providing care while recognizing his / her limits
  • Act professionally with patients and members of the health care team
  • Accurately assess learning needs, develop and implement learning plans to meet these needs
  • Develop solutions to problems presented in daily practice

Benefits of WRITE

WRITE Allows Students To:

  • Know the day-to-day workings of rural community practice.
  • Effectively work as a member of a rural practice team.
  • Provide continuity care for a panel of patients.
  • Demonstrate social integration into a rural community.
  • Meet all objectives of other clerkships for which they will receive credit while participating in the unique WRITE teaching environment.
  • Display confidence in providing care while recognizing their limits.
  • Act professionally with patients and members of the health care team.
  • Accurately assess learning needs and then develop and implement learning plans to meet those needs.
  • Develop solutions to problems presented in daily practice.

How to Apply

TRUST Scholars are required to participate in WRITE (at their TRUST site) and will complete a combined RUOP/WRITE application in December of their first year; they are not required to interview.

Non-TRUST students who are interested in participating in WRITE are required to complete an application and interview based on the timeline below.

Before you apply, watch the 2021 Introduction to Patient Care Phase recording and the Seattle Q&A session (2020) recordings.

Sites available for 2022-2023

Please contact Dr. Frank Batcha (batchf@uw.edu) or Michelle Fleming (flemingm@uw.edu) if you have any questions regarding WRITE.

Application Link & Timeline

2021 Application Dates

  • June 7, 2021:  Application available HERE
  • July 6, 2021:  Application closes 
  • July 8, 2021: You will be contacted to schedule a 15-minute interview 
  • July 15 / July 19 / July 22:  Interviews held via Zoom
  • July 28, 2021:  Acceptance notifications sent
  • August 4, 2021:  Decision to participate due

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Rural MT (photo credit, H. Young)