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Professor Emeritus, Medicine


Dr. Joyce Wipf grew up in rural Minnesota, completed medical school at the University of Minnesota, and joined the University of Washington Medicine Residency class of 1987. As a faculty leader in GIM, Dr. Wipf was at the forefront of nationally recognized innovations in medical education, studies of resident burnout, and creation of a Veterans Affairs Center for interprofessional education. Her time at UW was marked by 13 years as the UW Associate Director of the Medicine Residency (1994–2007), transitioning to lead the Women’s Program at VA Puget Sound, and since 2009 serving as VA Section Chief of GIM from 2009 to 2023.

In her leadership role as Associate Program Director of Medicine Residency, Dr. Wipf created a pioneering Resident as Teacher course in 1992 to prepare second-year residents for their roles as educators and leaders, for which she received the inaugural national SGIM Innovation in Medical Education Award in 1996. The course has been widely replicated in numerous institutions around the country over 30 years. She has also co-led efforts to enhance wellness during training, with three published studies of resident burnout over a decade of duty hour changes, including the first known study of burnout in medicine residents.

From 2011 to 2023, Dr. Wipf spearheaded creation of the Seattle VA Center of Excellence (CoE) in Primary Care Education at VA Puget Sound, one of five national VA Centers established to transform primary care education out of professional “silos” to interprofessional training. The program teaches trainees of multiple disciplines to learn and work together in integrated teams to meet the full spectrum of Veteran care needs. Dr. Wipf was recognized in 2020 with the VA’s highest education honor, the David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Health Professions Education, both for developing the Resident as Teacher course and for her work establishing and sustaining the CoE.

Dr. Wipf is a Master of the ACP, and a Fellow in the Royal College of Physicians – London. She had a busy panel of complex patients in primary care and women’s health and served as resident clinic preceptor and as ward attending 6 weeks per year. Dr. Wipf was known for her dedication to her patients, her support of trainees, and long-term mentorship of junior faculty.

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine and University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth, MN and Minneapolis, MN (1980–1984)
  • Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine, Traditional Track, University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA (1984–1987)


  • Recipient David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Health Professions Education (highest Veterans Affairs honor in health professions education) (2020)
  • Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians – London (2020)
  • ACP Selection for Mastership in the College (2018)
  • UW DoM Mentoring Award for Clinician-Educators (2017)
  • Recognition UpToDate for exceptional contributions as Primary Care Author (2017)
  • National ACP Board of Governors (2014–18)
  • National ACP Chapter Excellence Awards (2014–18)
  • National ACP John Tooker Evergreen Award for new Spring Scientific Scholarship Day (2016)
  • Recipient of National ACP 25-year All-Star Awards for Spring Scientific Scholarship Day and Women in Medicine events (2018)
  • VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education (2011–present)
  • Laureate Award of the ACP Washington Chapter (2010)
  • Robert G. Petersdorf Teaching Award, VAPSHCS (2008)
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America (2005–2021)
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America: Pacific Region (1996–2019)
  • ACP Commendation for Highest Ranking Speaker in National Board Review Course on Board Review (1996, 1997)
  • SGIM National Innovation in Teaching Award (1996)
  • ACP Commendation for Highest Ranking Speaker in National Board Review Course on Ophthalmology (1995, 1998)
  • Attending of the Year Award (1993–1994)
  • UW Innovation in Teaching Award (1992)
  • Selected for Housestaff Representatives Committee (1984)
  • Hugo Black Scholarship (1981–1982)
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Moorhead State University (1980)  

Research Interests 

  • Developing teaching materials (videotape, website)
  • Physical diagnosis

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