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