Memorial Hospital of Converse County partners with healthcare schools across the region to help gives students real life experience and a chance to practice and sharpen their skills before graduation.
Named for the states who participate—Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho—WWAMI was first created in 1971 to address the shortage of medical providers in the Northwest. The program went on to revolutionize the way medical students are taught, and it laid the groundwork for rebuilding rural medicine. The program allows medical students to stay in their home state for their 1st year of studies. Year 2 is spent in Seattle at the University of Washington, and years 3 and 4 can be spent in the rural clinical setting. Memorial Hospital serves as a WWAMI 3rd-year medical student clerkship site as well as a site for the Rural Underserved Opportunities program, a 1st-year medical student introduction to rural practice. WWAMI students who are assigned to Memorial Hospital work with several providers in all areas of rural medicine.
Casper College Respiratory Therapy students complete several clinical hospital rotations, including Memorial Hospital of Converse County's Cardiopulmonary Department. The Casper College students are able to use their knowledge and practice their skills under the supervision of board certified, licensed respiratory therapists. Just a few of the many areas they are exposed to include neonatal care following a c-section, sleep lab diagnostics, and cardiac stress testing.
Wyoming offers 2 Family Medicine Residency programs in the state, and Memorial Hospital serves as 1 of the rural sites for the programs. Physicians who complete their rural family medicine rotation at Memorial Hospital work side-by-side with physicians and providers to better understand the nuances of rural medicine. Residents are also exposed to the challenges and opportunities of practicing in the rural setting and living is a small community.
Memorial Hospital's Student Nursing programs provide registered nurse student rotations from Casper Community College, Laramie County Community College, the University of Wyoming, Eastern Wyoming College and the University of Nebraska. Students placed at Memorial Hospital work alongside some of the best patient-rated nurses in the country and are given an opportunity to work on the medical/surgical floor and birthing center. Memorial Hospital is also a Delegation Clinic Site where graduates can complete their 72-hour independent practice before licensing.
Lab students from Casper Community College's medical laboratory technician program are placed in Memorial Hospital's lab and work side-by-side with nationally certified lab techs to gain practical, real world experience. Memorial Hospital lab techs complete 95 percent of all tests in-house and provide all testing for the hospital and physician clinics. In addition to technical skills, students learn the importance the lab plays in the hospital on a daily basis.
University of Wyoming Pharmacy students work directly with the Memorial Hospital of Converse County pharmacy staff as part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide evidence based medicine according to core measures. Students will use state-of-the-art programs including Avera eCare™ ePharmacy, Pyxis®, Rxe-view™, and MEDITECH to review medical records, monitor patient labs, enter orders and dispense drugs.
Radiology students from Casper Community College who complete a rotation in Memorial Hospital's imaging department have the opportunity to work with some of the most advanced technology in the world. Students learn to interact with patients and experience life in a busy imaging department. Advanced imagining technology includes 64-Slice CT; SPECT-CT, automated 3-D/4-D breast ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, mammography, OB ultrasound, echo ultrasound, and general radiology.