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U of I Expands Health Care Training, Assumes Campus Clinic Operations

May 02, 2024

MOSCOW, Idaho — The Vandal Health Clinic will become a teaching clinic for medical students while still providing on-campus health care services to University of Idaho students starting in Fall 2024.

The Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program and U of I Division of Student Affairs will take over management of the clinic from Gritman Medical Center to create the first higher education medical teaching clinic in North Idaho. Gritman will continue to partner with Idaho WWAMI by providing opportunities for clinical rotations and collaborating on the advancement of health education in the community.

“Not only will the clinic serve the health care needs of students, but it will also serve as a center for learning for future medical practitioners who will then go on to meet the needs of Idaho through their professional careers,” said Blaine Eckles, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. “Students will receive this top-notch health support and education from medical professionals who are teaching in the WWAMI program and who will continue their efforts of keeping students at the forefront of the Vandal experience.”

The Vandal Health Clinic will continue to provide the same standard of primary care services to students to which they are accustomed. Students have the opportunity to assist in the education of Idaho WWAMI medical students, allowing them to lead the appointment under the supervision of physician faculty, or be seen by other primary care providers in the clinic.

“The Vandal Health Clinic will serve as a pivotal cornerstone for the University of Idaho’s medical education, providing an invaluable clinical teaching space for students,” said Jeff Seegmiller, regional dean and director of Idaho WWAMI. “As it materializes, it will not only elevate the caliber of our WWAMI program but will also lay the groundwork for future health profession endeavors, ensuring a vibrant legacy of excellence in health care education for years ahead.”

Anyone interested in applying for a position at the clinic may visit the University of Idaho job portal.

For more information, contact Crystal Hogg at

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Emma Zado
Marketing and Communications Specialist, Idaho WWAMI

Rayme Geidl
Associate Director of Clinical Education, Idaho WWAMI

Crystal Hogg
Director, Admin & Fiscal Ops I, Division of Student Affairs

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at

About Idaho WWAMI Medical Education

Idaho WWAMI was established in 1972 as part of the University of Washington School of Medicine’s cooperative five-state medical school that serves Washington (Seattle and Spokane), Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI), giving students living in the Northwestern United States access to high-quality, cost-effective medical education. Students who enter the program are enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine and complete their Foundations Phase (18 months) of medical school in their home states. In Idaho, the Foundations program is located at University of Idaho in Moscow and admits 40 students per year.

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