The Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) seeks to provide a continuous connection between underserved communities, medical education, and health professionals in our region. Our initial goal is to create a full-circle pipeline by guiding qualified students through a special curriculum that connects underserved communities in Washington, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and its network of affiliated residency programs (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, including Boise Internal Medicine, Billings Internal Medicine, Spokane Internal Medicine and Pediatrics).
After a targeted TRUST admissions process, TRUST students are linked to underserved communities (TRUST/WRITE sites) which will be their home community for all four years of medical school. By linking TRUST with existing UWSOM programs such as the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) and the underserved Pathway (UP), and adding some unique curricular elements, TRUST scholars are immersed in the care of rural and underserved populations. The goal of the program is to fulfill the workforce needs of the underserved areas of the WWAMI region.