MONTESANO — Montesano doctor Dr. Yong “Ki” Shin recently was appointed Assistant Clinical Dean from Western Washington for the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) partnership with the University of Washinngton.
The appointment was made July 1, causing some folks to worry that Dr. Shin would be leaving the area, a Montesano Internal Medicine Clinic.
Despite his new role, Dr. Shin will continue to serve the greater community of Montesano in his private practice along with his wife, Dr. Clara C. Shin, and K. Lisa Arndt ARNP and Sara Pratt PA-C. He will also continue to serve as medical director for the Grays Harbor County Jail and his humanitarian work in Haiti through Friends of Haiti.
Dr. Shin is the first Western Washington assistant dean and will join the regional affairs office and assistant deans in the central/eastern Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. In his new role, Dr. Shin will work with the University of Washington’s School of medicine Office of Regional Affairs, Academic Affairs, Graduate Medical Education and clinical departments to ensure the implementation and management of the clinical medical education programs in Western Washington.
As part of the role, he will act as a liasion between hospitals in Western Washington, the state hospital association and county medical societies, residency programs and the School of Medicine.
For 15 years, Dr. Shin has served the local needs of Montesano and Grays Harbor County in his private general internal medicine practice.He is a graduate of the WWAMI program, having completed his medical school training at the University of Washington in Seattle.