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Program Aims to Jolt Rural Physician Numbers in Idaho

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The University of Washington-led Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho regional medical education program — also known as WWAMI — which promotes physician placement in rural and undeserved areas, is seeking to give Idaho a needed boost in its number of practicing rural physicians, according to an Idaho Statesmen report.  

Idaho is the 49th state in the nation in terms of physicians per population, and the director of WWAMI is pushing to open up more funding for medical students with an interest in rural healthcare to come to Idaho.

The state board of education is considering a proposal to help fund the Targeted Rural Under-Served Track (or TRUST), which would open up five extra seats on WWAMI for students with an interest in rural healthcare. WWAMI hopes to encourage Idaho to participate further in the program and increase the number of rural physicians staying in the state to practice.

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