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Teaching future doctors keeps him fresh

UW med students learn about rural medicine from Dr. Andy Castrodale and the team at CMC


Last updated 12/11/2019 at 12:47pm

Two first-year University of Washington School of Medicine students, Dana and Paxton, along with third-year student Erin Boland, middle, talk with their teacher, Dr. Andy Castrodale, at Coulee Medical Center Dec. 4. - Scott Hunter photo

Growing up on the Colville Indian Reservation, Andy Castrodale had no intention of staying in rural Eastern Washington.

"I was going to get out and I wasn't coming back," he said.

And yet, for 21 years he's been practicing family medicine in Grand Coulee.

Castrodale laughed.

"I also hadn't planned to be a physician."

He studied microbiology as an undergrad at the University of Washington, think...

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