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Books, Journals, New Media
March 16, 2005


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(11):1393-1397. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1395

What is important about being a doctor? What makes the relationship between patient and doctor so special yet so difficult to define? These are questions that Audrey Young was able to answer for herself during her clinical rotations at the University of Washington, Seattle.

In the 1970s the university developed a rural component to the third and fourth clinical years in an effort to increase the numbers of medical graduates choosing family medicine and practicing in rural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the university’s successful WWAMI program (named for the states to which students are sent: Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). Audrey Young was from the Seattle suburbs but soon developed an attraction to the rural landscape, as she describes in her delightful book What Patients Taught Me, which is about her experiences in the WWAMI program.

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