Ferndale Family Medical Center is excited to be participating in the University of Washington School of Medicine's TRUST program. This is a new program designed to partner medical students with a rural community throughout their 4 year medical degree. This will assist the students to learn more about the healthcare system and get to know the surrounding area. The hope is that by building relationships, the students will cement ties to the local community and, perhaps, return to establish their practice here.
In order to have the students be trained at our site, our Ferndale physicians are now part of the clinical faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine.
Please join us in welcoming our students as they participate in our practice. We hope that you enjoy the opportunity to have students involved in your care. At each opportunity, you will be given the option to decline student involvement if you choose.
The Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) aims to train specially qualified and specially selected University of Washington medical students to be physicians who will work in underserved areas, including both rural and small-city community health centers. The program is open to students planning careers in any specialty that would be practiced in these underserved areas. In order to reach this aim, the program begins with a targeted admissions process that links students from and back to underserved communities. The students are then guided through a special curriculum that connects underserved communities in Washington, Montana and Idaho to the University of Washington School of Medicine and its network of affiliated residency programs in an effort to help meet the workforce needs of the region. In essence, the program seeks to provide a continuous connection between underserved communities, medical education, and health professionals in our region.
Beginning the summer before medical school and continuing throughout the curriculum, TRUST scholars participate in clinical and classroom experiences, on-line discussions, and regional or national conferences, exposing them to the satisfaction, challenges, and life style of a physician practicing in rural and underserved areas.