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UW Medicine is an integrated clinical, research and learning health system with a single mission to improve the health of the public. Nearly 29,000 UW Medicine faculty, non-faculty practitioners and staff work to improve health for all people through excellence in clinical, research and education/training programs. With these integrated programs, UW Medicine health professionals provide the most up-to-date care for each individual patient, lead one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive medical research programs, and provide innovative learning programs for students, trainees, and practitioners in the health professions. As the only comprehensive clinical, research and learning health system in the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region, UW Medicine provides a higher degree of healthcare, ranging from primary and preventive care to the most highly specialized care for the most complex medical conditions.

UW Medicine is a family of organizations (some public and some private nonprofit) that are operated or managed as part of an integrated health system.

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  • Bloodworks Northwest
  • Hall Health Center
  • MultiCare Health System
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • PeaceHealth
  • Seattle Children's
  • Skagit Regional Health
  • VA Puget Sound/Boise/American Lake


Wholly Owned:

  • UW Medicine Choice Care, LLC

Partially Owned:

  • Embright - Pacific Northwest Clinically Integrated Network
    (with MultiCare and LifePoint)


  • UW Medicine Accountable Care Network
  • UW Medicine Post-Acute Care Network


  • Children's University Medical Group (with Seattle Children's)
  • LifePoint - UW Medicine LLC
  • Trios Health, a UW Medicine Community Health Partner

Clinically Integrated Parts of UW Medicine

Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and compassionate air medical transport for critically ill and injured infants, children and adults, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The region’s first air medical transport service, Airlift Northwest has flown more than 100,000 patients since its founding in 1982. Its helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are strategically located at eight bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. On-board medical experts handle everything from advanced cardiac life support to neonatal resuscitation, all while flying patients to the best available care for their condition. Airlift is owned by the University of Washington.

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  • Total patients served: 3,422
  • Employees: 141
  • Area of operations: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit, unified adult cancer care and research center that is clinically integrated with UW Medicine, a world leader in clinical care, research and learning. The only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Hutch’s global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy, and COVID-19 vaccines has confirmed its reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers. Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy, and related services, and network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Together, its fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality.

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Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center is an acute care hospital located in Seattle, providing specialized care for a broad spectrum of patients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to provide care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the region, including the most vulnerable residents of King County; to provide and teach exemplary patient care; and to develop and maintain leading-edge centers of emphasis.It is the result of a successful partnership between King County, which owns the hospital, and UW, through which UW Medicine manages the hospital. Faculty and staff are UW employees.


  • The only Level 1 trauma center in the Pacific Northwest, serving adults and children
  • Regional Burn Center
  • Emergency medicine and disaster management
  • Eye Institute
  • HIV/AIDS care
  • Neurosciences Institute and comprehensive stroke center
  • Mental health services, including psychiatric emergency services and substance abuse
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence care
  • Sports, spine and orthopedic care
  • Vascular care
  • Uncompensated care forvulnerable populations
  • Licensed beds: 413
  • Employees: 5,628
  • Admissions: 15,112
  • Clinic visits: 259,127
  • Emergency Department visits: 47,369
  • Uncompensated care: $287 million (FY 2020; FY 2021 not yet available)

UW Medical Center

UW Medical Center

UW Medical Center is an acute care hospital located in Seattle with two campuses: Montlake and Northwest. It is owned by the University of Washington and is one of the world’s foremost medical centers for emergency and specialized inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care. For the past ten years, it has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in Washington state by U.S. News & World Report and is nationally ranked in six specialties.

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  • Childbirth Center and Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Cancer care and blood and marrow transplantation
  • Cardiac care, including advanced procedures, complex surgeries,
  • mechanical circulatory support devices and transplantation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obstetrics, including high-risk care
  • Otolaryngology, including head and neck surgery for treating diseases and
  • disorders of the ear, nose and throat
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotic-assisted surgery for gynecological oncology, urology, otolaryngology
  • and general surgery
  • Solid organ transplantation of the liver, kidney, heart, lung, pancreas
  • and intestine
  • Sports, spine and orthopedics care
  • Stroke care
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  • Licensed beds: 810
  • Employees: 7,524
  • Admissions: 27,320
  • Clinic visits: 400,575
  • Emergency Department visits: 55,781
  • Organ transplants: 489
  • Bone marrow transplants (with SCCA): 385
  • Births: 3,314

UW Medicine Primary Care

UW Medicine Primary Careis a network of community-based primary and urgent care clinics located throughout the Puget Sound region. UW Medicine Primary Care uses the patient-centered medical home model to deliver accessible, continuous, patient-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally appropriate care. The clinics provide a wide spectrum of primary and secondary care services and include ancillary services on site such as laboratories and digital radiology facilities. UW is the sole corporate member of UW Medicine Primary Care.


  • Employees: 391
  • Clinic visits: 347,476

UW Physicians

UW Physicians

UW Physicians is the practice group for more than 2,600 providers and other healthcare professionals associated with UW Medicine who care for patients throughout the WWAMI region. Members of UW Physicians are active faculty in the UW School of Medicine and teach future healthcare professionals in one of the most highly regarded and competitive medical schools in the nation. They practice at UW Medicine entities, SCCA and Seattle Children’s. UW is the sole corporate member of UW Physicians.

  • Complex and advanced medical and surgical treatments
  • Solid organ and bone marrow transplantation
  • Cancer prevention and treatment
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Vascular disorders
  • High-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Specialized orthopedic surgery
  • Burn injuries
  • Trauma
  • Pulmonary and ICU critical care
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  • Physicians and other healthcare professionals: 2,657
  • Total outpatient visits: 1,995,051

UW School of Medicine

UW School of Medicine

The UW School of Medicine is a school of the University of Washington and serves a five-state region: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the University of Washington School of Medicine as best in the nation for primary care education and training and second in the nation for NIH research grants with $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2020. There are approximately 4,800 students and trainees in the School of Medicine.

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  • M.D.
    Provides medical students with education and mentoring for excellence in clinical skills and patient-centered care.
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME)
    Provides advanced training through 114 accredited residency and clinical fellowship programs (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).
  • MEDEX Northwest
    A regional program to train physician assistants with a focus on primary care for underserved populations.
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
    Enables highly qualified candidates to obtain both MD and PhD degrees for careers in basic medical research.
  • Allied Health Programs
    Undergraduate and graduate training in medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and prosthetics and orthotics.”
  • Full-time or part-time regular faculty members: 2,662
  • Clinical faculty: 5,439
  • Affiliate faculty: 520
  • Students and trainees enrolled in School of Medicine degree programs: 4,801
  • Departments: 31 in clinical and basic science

Valley Medical Center

Valley Medical Center

Valley Medical Center is an acute care community hospital located in South King County and is the oldest and largest public hospital district system in the state of Washington. It operates a network of more than four dozen primary, urgent and specialty care clinics and has one of the busiest emergency departments in the state. UW Medicine and Valley are integrated through a Strategic Alliance Agreement.


  • Level III Trauma Center and emergency services
  • Birth Center and Level III Neonatal ICU
  • Breast and bone density screening
  • Cancer treatment, infusion and support
  • General and specialty surgery
  • Gynecology, urogynecology and urology
  • Imaging services
  • Joint replacement and orthopedics
  • Lifestyle medicine and fitness
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroscience, pediatric neurology, stroke and spine
  • Obstetrics, midwifery and maternal fetal medicine
  • Occupational health services
  • Psychiatry and counseling
  • Rehabilitation and children’s therapies
  • Licensed beds: 341
  • Employees: 3,800
  • Admissions: 16,098
  • Clinic visits: 660,865
  • Emergency Department visits: 72,175
  • Births: 3,017
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Partnerships and affiliations

In addition to the organizations that are clinically integrated parts of UW Medicine, UW Medicine has affiliations with and interests in other healthcare organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including multiple entities in which the University of Washington, on behalf of UW Medicine, has an ownership or membership interest. Each of these relationships advances UW Medicine's mission to improve the health of the public.

UW Medicine has longstanding affiliations with many organizations, including Seattle Children's, MultiCare Health System, VA Puget Sound Health Care and Boise VA Medical Center. While each affiliation is unique, these relationships enable activities and collaboration throughout the region that complement UW Medicine's strategic plan and advance UW Medicine's single mission.

UW Medicine, through the University, is one of two equal corporate members and founders of Children's University Medical Group (with Seattle Children's). This relationship is vitally important for the success of our pediatric clinical, research and education programs. In addition, UW Medicine is a part owner of a limited liability company (LLC) created with LifePoint that was established to own and operate community hospitals in Washington, Alaska and Idaho. Through this arrangement, UW Medicine provides expertise on quality and complex clinical care at LLC facilities, which are co-branded "A UW Medicine Community Health Partner."

UW Medicine, through the University, also is one of the three founding owners of a clinically integrated network called Embright (with MultiCare Health System and LifePoint) and the sole corporate member of UW Medicine Choice Care. These two organizations were created to enter into value-based healthcare contracts to provide patient care.

In 2014, UW Medicine formed the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network (UW Medicine ACN), which brought together a network of healthcare organizations and healthcare professionals to assume responsibility for the healthcare of patient populations.

In addition to the UW Medicine ACN, UW Medicine established the UW Medicine Post-Acute Care Network (UW Medicine PAC Network) in 2017, through which UW Medicine contracts with a variety of post-acute care providers in the region to improve care for patients throughout the care continuum. This network includes skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice, adult day health, and home care partners.

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Does udub have a good medical program? ›

Once again the University of Washington School of Medicine has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in primary care education and family medicine training. The new rankings appear in the 2023 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. This marks the 27th time the School has received the No.

What is UW Medicine known for? ›

UW School of Medicine is the only medical school for the five-state WWAMI region, and the only five-state medical school in the country. The school is nationally recognized for its innovative regional training program.

What's the difference between family medicine and internal medicine? ›

Internal medicine focuses exclusively on adult medicine, while family medicine typically sees all the members of a family—children as well as adults,” explains Dr. Linda Girgis, a family physician and graduate of St. George's University (SGU).

Is UW Medicine part of University of Washington? ›

The UW School of Medicine is a school of the University of Washington and serves a five-state region: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).

What is the acceptance rate for University of Washington medical school? ›

What is the acceptance rate for the University of Washington School of Medicine? The acceptance rate is 4.1%. The school does not accept international or Canadian students.

What is UW medical school ranked? ›

University of Washington 2023 Rankings

University of Washington is ranked No. 9 in Best Medical Schools: Research and No. 1 in Best Medical Schools: Primary Care. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

What is the largest hospital in Seattle? ›

The Swedish Medical Centre-First Hill Campus in Seattle is the largest hospital in Washington, with 697 beds. It is the largest of the seven hospital campuses operated by Swedish Health Services, a non-profit health system based in the Seattle metropolitan area in Washington.

Does UW Medicine Take Kaiser Permanente? ›

As you may know, these negotiations resulted in our network contract with UW Medicine ending for Kaiser Permanente HMO and Medicare Advantage on May 31, 2021.

What makes do different from MD? ›

The two degrees reflect different types of medical school training. MDs attend allopathic medical schools, while DOs attend osteopathic medical schools.

Why family medicine is the best specialty? ›

Family Medicine: The Center of Primary Care. Unlike other specialties that are limited to a particular organ or disease, family physicians are the only specialists qualified to treat most ailments and provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages — from newborns to seniors.

Can family medicine doctors specialize? ›

Family practice doctors can also specialize in areas including sports medicine, emergency and urgent care, and public health. Doctorss provide general and coordinate with specialists as needed.

Should I see a family doctor or internist? ›

An internist is a doctor only for adults. A family medicine doctor can treat people of all ages, but an internist only treats older adolescents and adults. Like a family medicine doctor, an internist treats most common medical issues, from sprains and strains to diabetes.

How many beds does UW Medicine have? ›

Who owns UW Medicine? ›

Together they fulfill the UW Medicine mission of research, teaching, patient care, and community service. Close to downtown Seattle, this 413-bed hospital is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington. Its trauma and burn centers treat the most serious types of injuries.

How many locations does UW Medicine have? ›

Superior patient care for all

No matter what type of care you need—primary, specialty, urgent or emergent care or air medical transport—UW Medicine's world-class providers are nearby, at more than 300 locations around the Puget Sound region.

What GPA do you need for UW med school? ›

University of Washington Medical School Admissions Statistics: University of Washington Medical School Average GPA: 3.68.

What is the easiest medical school to get into? ›

Easiest Medical Schools to Get Into
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. ...
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School. ...
  • University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. ...
  • University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine. ...
  • LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport.

Is UW School of Medicine hard to get into? ›

The University of Washington is one of the most popular and, therefore, most competitive schools in the country with an overall acceptance rate of 2.81%. Furthermore, The UW School of Medicine also has a preference for applicants from the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) region.

What is a good MCAT score? ›

Our medical school admission experts recommend that you aim for a total score of a 509 or above. This score places you in the 80 th percentile of MCAT scores, according to AAMC.

How much is Harvard medical school tuition? ›

What is the busiest ER in Washington state? ›

YAKIMA, Wash. – According to the Washington State Hospital Association, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has the busiest emergency room in the entire state. In 2021 they saw more than 86 thousand patients.

Is UW or Swedish better? ›

Swedish Medical Center is most highly rated for Culture and University Of Washington is most highly rated for Work/life balance.
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Does UW Medicine take Medicare? ›

You will be asked a series of questions required by law at each visit regarding your status, including other insurance you may have, and your retirement date. If you are covered by Medicare, we will submit your claims to Medicare on your behalf.

Does UW Medicine take Medicaid? ›

Managed Medicaid Plans

UW Medicine is contracted with these Managed Care Medicaid payers, with exception of their capitated plans and any members assigned to the Patient Review and Coordination (PRC) program.

Does Cigna Cover UW Medicine? ›

Patients who have Cigna coverage will be able to continue to receive in-network care at UW Medical Center and from UW Physicians practicing at Harborview Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance after this date. Earlier this year, Cigna Corp.

Is MD school easier than DO? ›

Is it easier to get in? DO programs are slightly less competitive. Firstly, the GPA and MCAT scores for DO admissions are much lower. While the medical school acceptance rates for both DO and MD are around 40-41%, the number candidates for the MD programs is much higher and therefore there is more competition.

Is an MD higher than a DO? ›

In the United States, doctors are either an MD (allopathic doctor) or DO (osteopathic doctor). For patients, there's virtually no difference between treatment by a DO vs MD. In other words, you should be equally comfortable if your doctor is an M.D. or a D.O.

What is DO after a doctors name? ›

Answer From Brent A. Bauer, M.D. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional medical school.

Is UW a good pre-med school? ›

UW is one of the best public med schools in terms of research and primary care, and pre-med students benefit significantly from these resources.

Is it hard to get into UW biology major? ›

Q: How competitive is the biology major? A: The UW biology major is competitive and capacity constrained. That being said, Janet Germeraard, the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services for the biology department, told us that the admission rate is very high.

Does University of Washington have a pre-med program? ›

Required Prerequisites for UW School of Medicine, effective beginning with the Entering Class of 2023. The pre-medical course requirements must be completed before matriculating. The school recommends candidates for admission complete the prerequisite courses prior to applying to medical school.

How hard is pre-med school? ›

The pre-med requirements are extensive, difficult, and mainly hardcore science-based. To be honest, you won't have much time for other courses outside of your general education requirements, major courses, and minor courses.

Which college sends the most students to medical school? ›

According to the AAMC, these schools produced the largest number of medical school applicants during the 2021 application cycle:
  • University of California–Los Angeles: 1,298.
  • University of Texas at Austin: 1,033.
  • University of Florida: 1,006.
  • University of California–Berkeley: 859.
  • University of Michigan–Ann Arbor: 832.
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Which college has best pre-med program? ›

The Best Pre-Med Schools
  1. Harvard. The Office of Career Services in Harvard stated that an estimated 17% of their classes are bound to apply to med school. ...
  2. Johns Hopkins University. ...
  3. Stanford Univeristy. ...
  4. University of Pennsylvania. ...
  5. Columbia University. ...
  6. Duke University. ...
  7. University of Washington. ...
  8. UNC Chapel Hill.
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Which college has the highest acceptance rate to medical school? ›

Harvard University, the most highly-respected university in the world, has the highest medical school acceptance rate in America. Pre-med applicants that graduated with a GPA of 3.5 or higher had a 95% acceptance rate to medical schools. Harvard, though, has a number of invaluable resources for pre-med students.

Is University of Washington a good biology school? ›

UW Seattle Biology Rankings

In College Factual's most recent rankings for the best schools for biology majors, UW Seattle came in at #36. This puts it in the top 5% of the country in this field of study. It is also ranked #1 in Washington.

Is UW good for biology? ›

Biology is one of the most in-demand degrees available at UW, as well as the largest producer of STEM degrees in Washington and the engine of life sciences education for the future.

Is biology major competitive? ›

Biology majors are consistently competitive for prestigious fellowships from sources such as the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

How many clinical hours are needed for medical school? ›

There's no universally applicable set of clinical hours that will get you into medical school. However, generally speaking, about 100 to 150 hours of meaningful clinical experience completed in a consistent schedule over a few months can give your application a competitive edge.

What exams do I need to get into medical school? ›

Admissions test. We require all applicants to take the UCAT in the year of application. The UCAT total score is used in the ranking of the applicants for invitation to multiple mini interviews.

What percent of washU is pre-med? ›

Pre-med was an extremely collaborative atmosphere with enough opportunities for everyone to get into medical school (or at least 76% of all first-time applicants from washU from the years 2014-2018).

Is residency harder than med school? ›

If the question is actually which is "harder", then it's residency, hands down. Longer hours, higher expectations, more intense. But at the end of this you'll back at this as rewarding and valuable training, not something bad.

What is the easiest major for pre-med? ›

Applicants majoring in the physical sciences make up 8.83% of all candidates and enjoy a higher-than-average acceptance rate of 47.8%. So, if you're interested in the physical sciences, this may be the easiest pre-med major for you.

Is it harder to get into med school or residency? ›

Getting into residency is more than 10 times easier. Approaching 60% of people who finish the AMCAS and the MCAT get zero offers of acceptance to any MD program. Less than 6% of US MD recipients do not get any residency, and a chunk of the US MD recipients who don't get a residency did not really want one.


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