Press Release Written By Sagan Wheeler

The Next Generation of Providers

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

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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. 

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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!”