Focus on Medical Education

In 2007, the IMH expanded the focus to include medical education, both continuing medical education and also medical student education. The WWAMI program of the University of Washington School of Medicine supports the teaching of third year medical students in six clinical clerkships in Missoula – Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, OB/Gyn – and this program is overseen by the IMH director and program coordinator. The Institute supports development of innovative educational offerings in our community including development of a survey course with job-shadowing component for undergraduate students at UM. This course adds to the pre-health careers curriculum offerings at UM and offers an opportunity for the medical students and undergraduate pre-medical students to connect and share information about the process of becoming a physician. This class also provides a venue for physicians in the community to interact with the UM students, and share their knowledge of topics such as health care delivery systems, legal concerns in medicine, and ethical dilemmas in practice with undergraduates who are making important career choices.


About imh4msla

Dr Schlesinger is an adult and pediatric rheumatologist in Missoula. She was an IMH board member for a few years before assuming the director position in January 2007 when Dr Herbert Swick retired. As IMH director, she promotes collaborative models of care within the hospital, and explores new approaches to teaching the collaborative model to health careers students at the University of Montana. Dr Schlesinger is the track director for the WWAMI program, helping medical students from the University of Washington School of Medicine learn clinical medicine in Missoula.
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