In this special UW Medicine issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of WWAMI, some of the many ways in which WWAMI positively affects the UW School of Medicine, the region and the world are explored.

When WWAMI began, research was not part of the program’s activities. Today, faculty at the UW School of Medicine and WWAMI faculty region-wide are engaged in remarkable collaborations, as described in “Taking Research to the Community.” Also, when WWAMI started, there were no indications that the program would become a model for training healthcare professionals in the developing world. “A New Vision for Kenya” describes how that is occurring in one African nation.

The founders had a major goal for WWAMI: ensuring an adequate healthcare workforce for the region. Maintaining medical students and residents to practice in the region was pivotal to meeting this goal. The presence of second-generation WWAMI students and graduates, as described in “Sons and Daughters of WWAMI” speaks to the success of the program in achieving this original objective and marks a wonderful family “tradition.”

Ten years from now, when we celebrate its 50th anniversary, WWAMI will have changed and evolved in countless additional ways to meet the needs of the region — and the world. WWAMI is truly a wonderful program with far-reaching impact. Please join us in celebrating 40 years of partnership and service to the region.


Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine