Wyomingites have limited access to healthcare, especially to family doctors. The state’s population is so small and dispersed, that the the entire state, even the cities, is considered a rural area. The University of Wyoming already offers a pretty incredible deal regarding tuition for in-state students, but the interstate rural medicine WWAMI program is a steal: Med students receive a world-class education at the University of Washington’s medical school in Seattle for free… if they’re willing to work for three years in their home state.
“Rural areas throughout the country often have a difficult time recruiting – and retaining – doctors there, and Wyoming is no exception. In 1997, Wyoming joined the WWAMI program. WWAMI stands for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, rural states that collaborate to send students to the University of Washington Medical School. It’s part of a plan to produce more Wyoming doctors and keep them in the state. Wyoming Public Radio’s Rebecca Martinez checked back to see how it’s working.”