Increasing Access to Physicians for American Indian Communities

Across the country, nearly 9 million people identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, and many call the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region home. According to Indian Health Services, there’s a physician shortage ― a health-professional vacancy rate of 25% ― among doctors who care for this population.

The UW School of Medicine and the UW Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education are working to improve those statistics and increase the number of physicians in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Photo of Little Bighorn Battlefield taken on a student visit to the Crow Indian Reservation. Courtesy of Bill Benzel.

Read more about how UW School of Medicine programs are working to address the physician shortage for American Indian and Alaska Native communities: