16 Students Receive Medical Degrees

Cutline:These students are the 13th cohort of Wyoming residents to graduate from the University of Washington School of Medicine via the University of Wyoming WWAMI program. (WWAMI Photo)
Cutline:These students are the 13th cohort of Wyoming residents to graduate from the University of Washington School of Medicine via the University of Wyoming WWAMI program. (WWAMI Photo)

Sixteen students from Wyoming, including four from the local area, have received medical degrees from the University of Washington School of Medicine.

The news comes from the University of Wyoming, a participant in the Wyoming WWAMI program for medical education.

The local graduates are Elise Lowe and Alyse Springer of Sheridan, Crystal Jones of Buffalo and Ryan Abbaszadeh of Gillette. They are in the 13th cohort of Wyoming students to graduate through the medical education program.

Students from five states, including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, receive undergraduate training in their state universities, then attend the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Lowe is a graduate of the University of Montana as a sociology major. Her residency was in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Jones graduated from the University of Arizona, majoring in physiology. Her residency specialty was in dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Both Springer and Abbaszadeh are graduates of the University of Wyoming, as physiology majors. Her residency specialty was in family medicine at Utah Health Care Institute. His residency specialty was in surgery at the University of Washington affiliated hospitals.

According to the release issued by the university, the goal of the program is to provide physicians to help meet the health care needs of the participating states. After graduating and completing their residency requirements, students return to their home states to practice medicine.

Timothy Robinson, director of the WWAMI program, said since Wyoming joined the program in 1997, 243 Wyoming students have started medical school through the program, and 158 have graduated with medical degrees. Of those, he said, 95 have completed residency training and are eligible to practice medicine, and 64 have returned to Wyoming to practice, mostly in primary care.

SheridanWyoming.com

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