Patient Care Phase

WWAMI Patient Care and Explore & Focus Phase (Year 3-4):

Required clerkships totaling 42 weeks of clinical instruction can be taken anywhere in the WWAMI region. There are also optional clinical rotation tracks for completing a specified number of clerkships in one region (WWAMI Track Program), an 18-22-week longitudinal, integrated clerkship experience at a rural primary care teaching site (WRITE) and a 12-month integrated clerkship program in Olympia, Washington.

Required clerkships include:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

Students to explore potential specialty careers through a combination of required and elective clinical clerkships. Students finish the Explore and Focus Phase with a Transition to Residency experience.

Required clinical clerkships include:

  • Advanced Patient Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
Transition to Residency

Transition to Residency is a required course taught primarily in small-group and workshop formats. It is designed as a “continuing medical education” course for fourth-year students whereby they choose sessions relating to medical issues, evaluation, management and procedures involved in their planned specialties.

For more information on Curricular requirements or to see a visual layout of the curriculum by cohort year please visit: Office of Curriculum 

WWAMI Academic Support in Patient Care and Explore & Focus Phase:

Dr. Brice and Dr. Tyler meet with all clinical students for advising related to NBME shelf exams and Step 2 CK.

Learning Specialists typically support students with strategies and skills to improve performance on shelf exams, licensing exams, registration/planning for Step 2 CK and support/check-ins throughout the dedicated study period for Step 2 CK.