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1000 East University Avenue
Health Sciences Bldg Rm 457
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2497
Fax: (307) 766-2492
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my chances of being accepted as a Wyoming WWAMI student?
Similar to most U.S. medical schools, our application process is competitive. In recent years, our ratio of applicants to students accepted has been approximately 3 to 1.
University of Washington School of Medicine applicants who were offered positions for the fall of 2007 had a mean GPA of 3.69 and the following mean MCAT scores: Verbal 10.5, Physical Sciences 10.7, Biological Sciences 11.1, and a mode of "Q" in the Writing Sample. It is important to remember that these are average scores, not cut offs. The admission decision is based on the entire application; and the interview is also a very important part of the application process.
All entrants in recent years have fulfilled requirements for a bachelor's degree. No specific major is advised. A broad background in the humanities and liberal arts is encouraged.
Please see the University of Washington School of Medicine website for additional information about applying to medical school.
How much does a Wyoming WWAMI medical school education cost?
For the entering class of 2010, the Wyoming WWAMI medical students and their families pay $12,000 a year for 4 years to cover tuition and registration fees to the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). The State of Wyoming covers the remainder of medical school tuition costs.
Following completion of a residency program, if the student returns to Wyoming to practice medicine for three years, he or she will have completed the contract. If the student does not return to Wyoming to practice, then he or she is required to pay back the amount of money owed on the contract. Wyoming WWAMI students who graduated medical school in 2008, owed approximately $145,000 plus interest if they decide not to return to Wyoming to practice medicine. This pay off amount is similar to the tuition cost required to attend other public and private medical schools in the U.S. for 4 years.
Where do I receive my Medical Education?
Overall, students receive an excellent medical education from the University of Washington School of Medicine, ranked in the top ten in nearly all U.S. medical school categories (US News and World Report).
Year 1 of medical school is spent at the University of Wyoming, in Laramie, WY. The course curriculum consists of basic science courses and clinical medicine courses in a small class setting (16: 1 student/faculty ratio ); and one-on-one clinical experience with a local, primary care physician.
Year 2 is spent at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, WA. The basic science course curriculum continues with the 'organ systems' courses, and continuation of clinical medicine courses.
Years 3 and 4 are the clerkship years. Wyoming WWAMI students can take their required and elective clinical rotations in communities in any of the 5 WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). If Wyoming WWAMI students choose to do so, they can spend the majority of their medical education within the state of Wyoming!
After graduating from the UWSOM, Wyoming WWAMI students attend residency programs in their chosen field of medicine anywhere in the U.S. Residency programs take anywhere from 3 to 6 years to complete, depending on the program and level of specialty.
Must Wyoming WWAMI graduates specialize in a particular area of medicine?
No. There are 98 Wyoming WWAMI graduates who are either currently in residency, or graduated from a residency program. Residency programs allow graduates to receive additional training in a specific area of medical practice. There are two family medicine programs located within the state of Wyoming, and Wyoming WWAMI graduates can also pursue any other specialty around the country. The following is a list of the specialties of our past graduates:
Do former Wyoming WWAMI students return to Wyoming to practice medicine?
Yes! As of fall 2010, 64% of those eligible to return to Wyoming have come back to our state to practice medicine. The new physicians are state-wide, settling in Buffalo, Casper, Cheyenne, Cody, Douglas, Evanston, Gillette, Jackson, Lander, Laramie, Powell, and Sheridan.