Five physicians in Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho have been named winners of the 2004 WWAMI Excellence in Teaching Awards sponsored by the University of Washington (UW) Department of Medicine. The award recognizes the enthusiasm and consistent dedication of outstanding physicians who teach medical students and residents in the community. This year’s honorees are:
Boise, Idaho: Dr. Ted Lange and Dr. Ilana Shumksy of the Medicine Service at the Boise Veterans Affairs Hospital. Lange is a UW preceptor in medicine and Shumsky is a UW clinical assistant professor of medicine.
Soldotna, Alaska: Dr. John Bramante, private practice and UW clinical assistant professor of medicine.
Jackson, Wyoming: Dr. Martha Stearn of Teton Internal Medicine and UW clinical instructor of medicine.
Dillon, Montana: Dr. Ronald Loge, private practice and UW clinical professor of medicine. This is the second time Loge has won this award.
Each of the awardees will receive a plaque personally presented by a Seattle-based UW School of Medicine faculty member, who will also give a talk and meet with other local physicians active in the medical school’s community-based medical education programs. A wall plaque at the UW in Seattle also recognizes the awardees.
The UW medical school’s regionalized medical education program is known as WWAMI, an acronym for the participating states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Medical students and selected residents (M.D. graduates continuing their training in a particular field, such as internal medicine) can obtain part of their training in Seattle, and the rest in towns and cities throughout the five-state region.