WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE)

Welcome to WRITE!

WRITE Faculty Forum

WRITE 2021-2022 Application and Timeline

WRITE 2020-2021 Orientation

WRITE offers selected third-year medical students a mix of ambulatory and hospital training through a 20/22 week clinical education clerkship 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 is 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. 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.

WRITE Allows Students To:

  • Know the day-to-day workings of a 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.

WRITE Benefits the Rural Medical Community in a Variety of Ways

  • Physicians who participate in the program may apply for and receive a University of Washington School of Medicine faculty appointment.
  • WRITE provides an opportunity to showcase the community, thereby leading to greater physician recruitment.
  • The medical community’s relationship with the University of Washington School of Medicine promotes a greater mutual understanding of each other’s respective roles.
  • Faculty from the University of Washington School of Medicine travel to rural sites to offer consultation and give medical education presentations.
  • The Dean’s Office, University of Washington School of Medicine, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation support community-based rural medical education by providing funding to the WRITE sites to cover infrastructure expenses of the practice and travel for specific faculty development opportunities.


University of Washington School of MedicineOffice of Rural Programs

John McCarthy, MD
Assistant Dean for Rural Programs

Larry Kirven, MD
Director, WRITE Program

Morgan Flake, MPH
Education Specialist

Michelle Fleming
Program Administrator

1959 NE Pacific St. * Box 356340 * Seattle, WA  98195