Although there are more than a hundred schools of medicine in the United States, until 2005, there was only one medical school in the state of Washington. That has changed though, and since 2005, the number has increased by one. These two schools and one medical program not only stand as the main places to study medicine in the state, but more and more have been called on to train and educate doctors and nurses for the whole region, including offering cooperative medical degree programs with other Washington universities.

University of Washington

Chosen in 2010 by U.S. News & Word Report as the top medical school for primary care as well as a top 10 school in medical research, the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine has been a leader of medical education in the Pacific Northwest since its founding in 1946. The UW School of Medicine not only serves to train doctors and nurses for the state of Washington but also acts as the primary medical school for the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

The UW School of Medicine offers a comprehensive academic program at both the M.D. and Ph.D. level. Additionally, the School of Medicine is affiliated with some of the top hospitals in the area including the UW Medical Center and Harborview Hospital.

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences

Founded in 2005, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences was established to satisfy the call in the health care industry for the provision of doctors trained in osteopathic medicine (DO). The school is the only school of osteopathic medicine located in the Pacific Northwest and offers a four-year medical curriculum including two years of intensive classroom work followed by two years of clinical rotations in a variety of fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, osteopathic principles and emergency medicine.

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at the Washington College of Medicine offers a unique program, where prospective students learn through a community-based medical program. Besides learning from professional physicians of the area, students engage with patients in different settings. From rural areas to remote places with lack of doctors, students learn to take on challenges and find new solutions. Unlike any other medical program, the Elson S. Floyd curriculum focuses on valuable skills in leadership, practitioner management, patient information system and professional networking.

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