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Academic Innovations
July 23/30, 2003

Medical Students Reach Out to Rural Communities in "WWAMI Land"

JAMA. 2003;290(4):452. doi:10.1001/jama.290.4.452

Armed with a collection of "Got Milk?" advertisements and brittle cow bones she gathered from a ranch in Montana, Sarah Hollopeter set out on what for her was one of the most tantalizing aspects of medical school: teaching seventh and eighth grade students in Hailey, Idaho, about the debilitating effects of osteoporosis.

For Hollopeter, an Idaho native who received her medical degree in June from the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM), the disease is personal; she has seen its adverse effects in relatives. So she decided to focus on osteoporosis prevention during a special third-year program that sends medical students for 6 months of extended education in selected rural and medically underserved areas.