MS2 Class Information – January 20, 2022

Academic Support – Step 1 Reminder

As you progress through your dedicated study period, we encourage you to attend group tutoring sessions via Zoom to enhance your Step 1 performance. Group sessions are facilitated by tutors who have performed successfully on Step 1. Tutors review 1 topic per group session and talk about common cases, presentations, questions, and concepts.

Step 1 Group Sessions are Wednesdays at:

  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm AK
  • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm PST
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm MT 

To register for a group tutoring session and see the list of Step 1 session topics, visit the Tutoring Website.

For additional information regarding Step 1, please visit the Academic Support website: Step 1 Website.

Patient Care Schedules Update

From Student Affairs: We apologize that schedules have been delayed. Staffing has been significantly impacted due to recent COVID surges and we are continuing to pull staff from different units to help move this project forward. At this time, we are hoping to release patient care schedules in the next two weeks.

CBC Compliance Required – deadline Jan 31, 2022­­­

E20 Students are required to renew their criminal background check (CBC) in January of second year.  Students with any new criminal findings on their criminal background check will be required to meet with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

ALL students are required to maintain compliance, including concurrent degree students (MSTP), students on a leave of absence and expanded students.

Per the Student Handbook, students must complete a CBC upon admission, in January of second year, in January prior to graduation, and every two years if on an expanded schedule.

DEADLINE: 1/31/2022

There are two components to CBC compliance:

❶ Complete the UW Self Disclosure, Consent and Release of Information Form – Matriculated Students using your UW Student ID number as your signature. Please make sure you have the correct student ID number. This link will take you to the form.

 Instructions for renewing background checks through CastleBranch:

  1. Paste the following link into your browser:
    Select: Compliance Tracker
  2. Select UW71bg: I need to order my Background Check
  3. Follow the prompts.  You will be asked to enter your personal identifiers including SSN and DOB and address.
  4. Addresses and Aliases: You will be asked to list your current address. The residence history search will find all prior addresses. Likewise, you will be asked to enter your current name. The SSN search will find all previous names.
  5. You will be asked to authorize a $47.50 charge to your debit or credit cardDo not pay for anything extra! The $47.50 flat fee includes all aliases and addresses. International address searches are not required. If you are charged more please email Laura Ellis.
  6. The Statewide Criminal WA is required by WA State law for all healthcare workers. So even if you live in another state, the search needs to be done because you are a UW student.
  7. Your order confirmation should look like this:

If you have technical issues with the myCB site, please contact myCB Service Desk via phone, chat or email: 1-888-914-7279,

Remember to submit the UW Self Disclosure, Consent and Release of Information Form – Matriculated Students as mentioned in step 1 above.

DEADLINE: 1/31/2022

If the above deadline is not met your college mentor will be notified. Thanks for your immediate attention to this important SOM compliance requirement.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

We hope you had a restful winter break! We know you’re focused on Step 1 studying now so feel free to lean into that and put specialty/career planning on hold. Step 1 studying is often the first-time students start to “feel like doctors” as you get to integrate everything you’ve learned thus far. Since this exam is now pass/fail, consider taking the exam once you are achieving comfortable passing scores consistently in UWorld and on NBMEs. Using the rest of your break to relax and do the things you love can give you the reset you need before heading into clerkships. Good luck everyone!

Written by Career Advising Student Advisory Board member, Shanelle Briggs and reviewed by a second BIPOC Board member, L’Oreal Kennedy.

In case you missed it:

Here is a link to the January 13, 2022 Student Newsletter content for MS2s.