COVID Updates

Dear students,

These are incredibly trying times, and we want to recognize all of you for the contributions and sacrifices that you are making on a daily basis to balance your personal safety, the health of your loved ones, your educational responsibilities, your service to patient care and your contribution to the health of the public by engaging in precautions to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus. We are aware of the evolving challenges being put forth for many of you. Many of you are going to your rotations every day and giving your best knowing that there is no guarantee of 100% safety in the practice of medicine. Today we heard that our Seattle Public Schools are closing for 14 days. This will be very challenging for our student who are also parents. Many of you who had travel plans in the next few weeks to months are being impacted by further travel restrictions. Many of you have elderly parents or grandparents and wonder whether you should be visiting them.

We are meeting daily to review your questions, consult with our infection control experts and provide you with the latest information. Answers are posted daily here in the UW Intranet Home page and the link to the UW Medicine COVID Huddle is
We are grateful to you for your patience for what may seem like inconsistent reasoning. Our goal remains balancing your personal safety and keeping you on track towards graduation. Thank you for your patience.

We have been especially touched by those who have asked how you can help. I think we have not yet begun to tap into the creative solutions that will be needed by everyone to get through this crisis. But we know that we can and we will, all by doing our part as best we can.

Continue to support each other and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Suzanne and Raye

Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH
Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs
University of Washington School of Medicine
Raye Maestas, MD
Associate Dean, Student Affairs UW SOM
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
1959 NE Pacific Street | Box 356340 | Seattle, WA 98195
Assistant: Meryl Yang, adminSA at
*: 206.543.5561

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