Although it sounds like a karate punch in a video game, WWAMI actually stands for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the WWAMI regional medical education program, an enduring partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho that provides publicly supported medical education for the five-state region. The WWAMI name is derived from the first letter of the names of each of the five partner states. Throughout WWAMI’s 40-year history, many individuals, groups, hospitals, universities and government leaders have collaborated to advance regional excellence in medical education and meet physician workforce needs in rural and under-served areas. You can visit WWAMI’s page to learn more.

This last fall I had the privilege of producing a video of some of the WWAMI graduates currently located in Alaska. It was showcased at the program’s 40th Anniversary event in September 2011. The footage was captured with the Canon 7D, and the Nikon D90 by Judy Patrick of Judy Patrick Photography. The video was welled received, and upon completion of the project, the representatives from WWAMI wanted individual videos produced of each person featured in the video. The following videos are the individual videos of four individuals that have been through the WWAMI program, and are now actively practicing in various locations throughout Alaska. Portions of the videos were used in a video produced at the University of Washington (click here to view).

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