University of Idaho President Duane Nellis told state budget writers this morning that the 20 seats funded by the state in WWAMI, the cooperative medical education program with the University of Washington, are no longer enough to meet the state’s medical needs. He said Idaho needs more doctors.
“We have the lowest number of physicians, per capita, of any state in the nation,” Nellis said.
He urged lawmakers to include five new seats in the program in the upcoming state budget. Governor Butch Otter asked for five new seats as part of his budget proposal. The Idaho State Board of Education also supports the proposal.