October Vitals 1
Press Release Written By Sagan Wheeler

The Next Generation of Providers

Ivinson Memorial Hospital continues to support the education of Wyoming WWAMI medical students.

Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hos­pi­tal con­tin­ues to sup­port the Wyoming WWA­MI pro­gram, serv­ing as a clin­i­cal edu­ca­tion site for the first 18 months of stu­dents’ med­ical education.

Stu­dents pre­vi­ous­ly spent 12 months in Laramie study­ing before going to Seat­tle for the remain­der of their foun­da­tions of clin­i­cal med­i­cine stud­ies. Ivin­son has served as a clin­i­cal edu­ca­tion site for the WWA­MI pro­gram since 1996 and, begin­ning in August 2019, will host two 20-stu­dent cohorts for their hos­pi­tal med­i­cine edu­ca­tion as WWA­MI stu­dents extend their time in Wyoming. 

Good­fel­low looked at all of the lit­er­a­ture on pre­dic­tors of pri­ma­ry care physi­cian prac­tice loca­tion in under-served urban and rur­al loca­tions in the U.S., and one of the impor­tant find­ings was that stu­dents who were trained in med­ical school cur­ric­u­la that sup­port rur­al and under-served prac­tice goals had sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er rates of actu­al prac­tice in these types of loca­tions. When the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton School of Med­i­cine asked the region­al part­ners in Wyoming, Alas­ka, Mon­tana and Ida­ho to extend the train­ing of their med­ical stu­dents from one year to 18 months, the oppor­tu­ni­ty was embraced. By U.S.D.A. stan­dards, all of Wyoming is clas­si­fied as rur­al’ and so it is essen­tial that we are able to train our med­ical stu­dents in Wyoming dur­ing their foun­da­tion­al years (i.e., the first 18 months of med­ical school),” said Tim Robin­son, the direc­tor of the Wyoming WWA­MI program. 

Know­ing that Ivinson’s role would expand to sup­port WWA­MI med­ical stu­dents, the hos­pi­tal made adjust­ments to bet­ter meet the needs of stu­dents, clin­i­cal instruc­tors and the com­mu­ni­ty. Dr. Julie Carl­son, Ivin­son hos­pi­tal­ist and WWA­MI assis­tant clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor, spent time this sum­mer work­ing with both WWA­MI and Ivin­son to imple­ment small changes that would enhance stu­dents’ hos­pi­tal med­i­cine expe­ri­ence at Ivin­son. In addi­tion to a smoother patient flow due to sup­port from Ivinson’s lead nurs­es, stu­dents now have a clin­i­cal class­room on-site that is cen­tral­ly locat­ed and allows imme­di­ate access to the patients they work with. With all of the changes made, Ivin­son will be more equipped to sup­port 40 med­ical stu­dents each year.

In speak­ing about the sup­port from Ivin­son in this tran­si­tion, Robin­son stat­ed, All of these [changes] have great­ly enhanced the med­ical student’s expe­ri­ence here in Laramie. We are very grate­ful to IMH for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the WWA­MI pro­gram. Hope­ful­ly this trans­lates into more physi­cians com­ing back to Laramie to practice!”

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