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Family Medicine

Department Overview

C408 Health Sciences

The University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, founded in 1971, improves the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through leadership in education, scholarship, and clinical care. With over 800 clinical faculty members located throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region, and approximately 40 regular faculty located at the University site in Seattle, the department is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

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, high-quality 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 is known for its full spectrum training of residents that allows its graduates to enter a variety of practice settings, including careers with an academic or health policy focus. The UW Family Medicine Residency Network is a group of 18 family medicine residency programs located within the WWAMI region. The network exists to promote excellence in family medicine residency education, provide academic leadership, and to respond to societal needs for family physicians. Organized in October 1977, the research sectionís efforts are focused primarily in four areas -- rural health, the health workforce, chronic disease, and medical education. MEDEX Northwest, established in 1969, joined the Department in 2011. Its mission is to train physician assistants who will primarily practice in medically underserved and rural areas of WWAMI.