University of Washington School of Medicine
|Dean||Paul G. Ramsey|
|1,800 (full time)
|Location||Seattle, Washington, United States|
The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) is a public medical school located in Seattle, Washington, and is affiliated with the University of Washington. UWSOM is the first public medical school in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. The school maintains a network of teaching facilities in more than 100 towns and cities across the five-state region. As part of this partnership, medical students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming spend their first years at state universities in their home states. In addition, forty first-year students from Washington are based in Spokane, Washington.
UW Medicine owns or operates the following:
- Harborview Medical Center — Seattle
- University of Washington Medical Center — Seattle
- Northwest Hospital & Medical Center — Seattle
- Valley Medical Center — Renton
- UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics — nine primary care facilities
- UW School of Medicine
- UW Physicians — a physician practice
- Airlift Northwest — a medical transport system for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho
In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children’s University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership between UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's.
The school was founded in 1946 as the 76th medical school in the country and is a leader in primary care, family medicine, biomedical research, experimental therapy, clinical treatments, and academic medicine. In 2014, the UW School of Medicine was ranked #10 in research and #1 in primary care and in rural medicine by U.S. News and World Report. The UW School of Medicine also ranks as one of the top medical schools in receipt of federal researching funding, having been awarded US$712.3 million in grants by the National Institutes of Health in 2009. Only Harvard Medical School was awarded more federal funding.
In May 2013, it was announced that UW Medicine and PeaceHealth were coming together in a "strategic affiliation." The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the merger as PeaceHealth is "directed by the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives" and UW Medicine is taxpayer-funded.
Admission to UWSOM is competitive. In 2008, students accepted to the UWSOM MD program had a median GPA of 3.72 and an average MCAT of 10.3Q. Well over 90 percent of acceptances are applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho. Applicants from outside this region who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving under-served populations are considered. According to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), out of the 3,501 out of region applicants in 2007, 106 were interviewed and 34 were accepted for an acceptance rate of 0.97%. Admissions to the UWSOM Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) is also competitive. 10–14 students are selected each year, of which the average GPA is 3.8 and average MCAT is 36Q.
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