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Family Medicine

Department Overview

C408 Health Sciences

The department improves the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through leadership in education, scholarship, and clinical care. Over 800 clinical faculty members are located throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region, and approximately 40 regular faculty at the University site in Seattle.

Direct patient care is offered primarily through the clinical operations at the UW Neighborhood Clinic in Northgate and the Family Medicine Clinic at Harborview. The Medical Student Education Section develops and delivers innovative training to students who serve the evolving needs of the diverse individuals, families, and communities of the WWAMI region, with emphasis on rural and urban underserved and other vulnerable populations. The residency program offers full spectrum training of residents that allows graduates to enter a variety of practice settings, including careers with an academic or health policy focus. The UW Family Medicine Residency Network, a group of 18 family medicine residency programs located within the WWAMI region, exists to promote excellence in family medicine residency education, provide academic leadership, and respond to societal needs for family physicians. The research sectionís efforts are focused primarily in four areas -- rural health, the health workforce, chronic disease, and medical education. MEDEX Northwest trains physician assistants who primarily practice in medically underserved and rural areas of WWAMI.