Office of Rural Programs


The Office of Rural Programs was established in 2016 as a division of the University of Washington School of Medicine Curriculum Office, bringing the three programs, RUOP, TRUST, and WRITE, under one leadership.  Its purpose is to develop rural training opportunities in the WWAMI region, and to advance the rural physician workforce through quality and innovative medical student training.  In addition, the WWAMI Area Health Education (AHEC) Program office is administered through the Office of Rural Programs.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about rural opportunities available at the UW School of Medicine.

Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)
Provides students with an early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care medicine in a rural or urban underserved setting.

Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST)
Provides an exceptional educational experience to prepare students for future practice in underserved rural areas and underserved small cities of the WWAMI region.

WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)
A clinical medical education program that gives select third-year medical students an appropriate mix of ambulatory and hospital experience during a 20-week clinical education experience at a rural primary care teaching site.

WWAMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program
The AHEC program works to improve the diversity, distribution, and quality of the healthcare workforce in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The WWAMI AHEC Program office works in partnership with regional AHECs to develop programs that will bolster the healthcare workforce in rural and small city areas.

Office of Rural Programs, UW School of Medicine, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356340, Seattle, WA 98195

© May 2018