National Doctors Day: UW Medicine physician stats

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National Doctors Day: UW Medicine physician stats

A statistical and informational snapshot

Thousands of academic faculty and community physicians are affiliated with the patient care, educational and research endeavors of UW Medicine. They work for their patients and to improve the health of the  public locally, regionally and globally.

For National Doctors Day, March 30, 2017, here’s a UW Medicine statistical and informational snapshot.

(To read brief bios on individual UW Medicine physicians or see lists of UW Medicine physicians in different fields, use this search.)

Patient Care

Clinical care -- putting patients first -- is the foremost role of physicians practicing at UW Medicine and its affiliates. 

UW Physicians, an entity of UW Medicine, is the practice group for more than 2,000 physicians on the faculty of the UW School of Medicine.

Physician faculty of the UW medical school who practice at Seattle Children’s are members of the Children’s University Medical Group.

Physicians at UW Medicine and  other physicians on the regular faculty of the UW School of Medicine practice at:

                                Harborview Medical Center

                                Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

                                Valley Medical Center

                                UW Medical Center

                                UW Neighborhood Clinics

                                Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

                                Seattle Children’s

                                Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care System

                                Boise VA Medical Center

                                Bloodworks Northwest

                                and clinical sites throughout the WWAMI region

See the latest list of doctors from UW Medicine named to Seattle Magazine's 17th Annual Top Doctors. 

Medical Student Education:  Future Physicians

A recent American Medical Association national survey of 1,200 medical students, residents and physicians new to practice found that most believed being a physician was a calling driven by a desire to help others. 

Each year, the UW School of Medicine admits 270 students into its four-year M.D. program.  Of these, 100 take their first year in Seattle at the UW. Also,  60 entering medical students start in Spokane, 20 in Alaska, 20 in Wyoming, 30 in Montana and 40 in Idaho, all at affiliated universities.  

For about a quarter century, the UW School of Medicine has been rated No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools in primary-care education and in teaching medical students about family medicine and rural medicine. and among the nation's top 10 in teaching internal medicine, geriatrics, and pediatrics, and in educating medical students on treating alcohol and drug abuse. 

Nearly 4,700 clinical faculty in cities, towns and rural counties  across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho train future physicians as part of the WWAMI Program of regionalized medical education

The School of Medicine’s full-time and part-time regular faculty number about 2,500. There are also some 500 affiliate faculty.  In addition to physicians, the medical school faculty consists of a variety of health professionals, Ph.D. scientists, and others.

Graduate Medical Education:  Physicians-in-training

UW Medicine has more than 100 accredited residency and clinical fellowship programs to train new physicians in primary-care and specialty fields.

About 1,335 trainees participate in 25 residency and 76 clinical fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and four fellowships approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Research:  Improving Medical Care and Accelerating Treatment Advances

Most physicians at UW Medicine and its affiliates conduct research, together with scientists and others, including physicians on the faculty of the UW School of Public Health,  to improve the lives of patients and advance knowledge on health and disease.

While their studies cover almost every aspect of medical discovery,  a few examples are the treatment and prevention of heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, lung disorders, kidney disease, HIV, other infectious diseases, trauma, Alzheimer's and other dementias, high-risk pregnancies and critically ill newborns, and developmental delays. 

UW physicians and their colleagues are also medical leaders in stem cell and regenerative medicine research, rehabilitation medicine, gene therapy, genomics and medical genetics, precision medicine, mitochondrial and metabolic medicine, vision and hearing disorders, pharmacology,and many other fields

Leadership: Fostering Excellence in Medical Care Nationally and Globally 

Many physicians at UW Medicine and its affiliates are leaders of:  national and international medical and scientific societies, medical and professional journal editorial and review groups, government advisory bodies, scientific and medical research advisory groups. and committes to develop evidence-based guidelines for practice.       

UW Medicine physicians have received many local, national and international awards and honors in patient care, education and research.  These include several Lasker Awards and Gairdner Foundation Awards, as well as Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, and recognition from the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and similar organizations.

The physician faculty are represented among the members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and  among Thomson Reuters most influential scientists.

National Doctors Day recognizes physicians' dedication  to their patients and their communities.  First celebrated locally in the 1930s in Georgia, it became a national day in 1991 by a presidential and congressional proclamation.