MS3 Class Information – Feb. 17, 2022

You Now Have Access to TexasSTAR: National Residency Match Data Set

TexasSTAR is a national resource used to demystify the residency application process. This tool allows you to review specialties and programs, and to compare your profile against students who received interviews and matched to programs in your specialty. It is built from an annual survey of 4th year students at 110+ medical schools, administered by the UT Southwestern Medical School. Do not delete the TexasSTAR email you received on Tuesday (2/15)!

You received an email on Tuesday, 2/15/22, granting you access to the 2021-22 TexasSTAR data set.

  • In order to activate your access to this tool, you must click on the “Activate” link in the TexasSTAR email.
  • You only have 29 days from the 2/15 send date before your access will expire. Since TexasSTAR is NOT controlled by UW, we will not have the ability to give you access later.
  • Your user account and password is linked to the UW system Net ID:, password is the same as your UW system password.

For tips on how to use the TexasSTAR, please review our Career Advising’s TexasSTAR Tutorial video.

Read the info below carefully to fully understand the email you received about TexasSTAR:

  1. The email was sent Tuesday, 2/15/22, from Microsoft Power BI with a subject of “Bo Wen has shared Power BI Report ‘Texas STAR Dashboard 2021’ with you”.
  2. This is a legit email and NOT spam. Check your junk/spam/clutter if you don’t see it in your Inbox.
  3. Do NOT delete this email! It is the only way a user can set up initial access to the report.
  4. You have 29 days from the 2/15 send date to activate your access. We will not grant access to anyone if you miss it. The link you received is unique to you.
  5. Once you activate your link it will stay active until the end of April 2022. At this point the 2021-22 data set is retired and you will receive a new invitation in May/June to access the updated 2022-2023 data set.

For any issues accessing TexasSTAR, please refer to this guide


A greeting and invitation from Career Advising: Free AAMC Virtual Specialty Forum – March 31 – Register Now

The AAMC is hosting a free Virtual Specialty Forum on March 31, 2022. This is a great early career exploration activity targeted to first and second-year students, although the event is open to all students.

student at computer with headline about the eventLast year the registration filled up quickly, and so we urge you to reserve your spot early. Once you register you will have access to recordings, which you can watch at a later time.

Focused on providing equitable access to specialty exposure, this free event provides content to enhance your clinical rotation experiences and specialty exposure to ground your career exploration and advising.

  • Date and time: Thursday, March 31; 9-12 p.m. AK, 10–1 p.m. PT, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. MT
  • Audience: Students early in their career (M1-M2) are encouraged to participate, though the event is open to all students
  • Cost: There is no cost to participate
  • Participating specialties: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, infectious disease, internal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, psychiatry, radiology, urology
  • Specialty Representatives: Program directors, residents, specialty society representatives, practicing physicians, and others

We hope you can make it!

Tonja, Linh and Sarah,

Career Advising

Opportunity to participate as a research study subject:

Safe to Thrive and Be Valued: A Qualitative Study of Identity Safety in Clerkship Medical Students

Target group: Students who have begun clinical rotations (MS3/MS4/Students on gaps years/research years after starting clinical rotations)

Researchers are offering $25 to interview you about experiences related to your personal identities on clerkships. Please complete a 3-minute survey of interest. We will then invite some interested students to complete a 1-hour interview, with a $25 Amazon gift card to thank you for your time.


Winter Quarter 2022 MS3 Class Meeting Save the Date

We will be holding the Winter Quarter 2022 WWAMI-wide class meeting with the MS3s on Tuesday, March 1.

  • Alaska Time: 5 to 6pm
  • Pacific Time: 6 to 7pm
  • Mountain Time: 7 to 8pm

An email will be sent out soon with the agenda


Career Advising Support As You Prepare Your Away Rotation Application Components

For those of you preparing to apply to Away Rotations, utilize Career Advising’s resources:

  • Review Career Advising Curriculum Vitae (CV) resources. Use the provided videos, suggested CV template, and editing checklist. Once your CV is updated, join a weekly CV review group session for personalized feedback. These occur every Friday from 12-12:30pm PT.
  • Review Career Advising Personal Statement resources. To guide your writing, use the provided videos, brainstorming worksheet, editing checklist, and example statements.
  • Most host institutions will require a letter of recommendation (LoR) as part of your application. Follow the instructions from the UWSOM Registration team on the correct form to use when requesting a letter. General information about LoRs, from the perspective of residency applications, can be found on the Career Advising LoR resource page.


Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

You’re almost done with the Patient Care Phase! Ideally, you have narrowed down your career choices to one to two specialties with a secondary specialty until 4th year if one of the specialties is not FM, Peds or IM. Meet with SOM Career Advising and/or your Specialty Career Advisor to review competitiveness, MS4 electives, and (for a few specialties) away rotation planning. If you want to do an away rotation, get your CV updated, ask for a letter of recommendation, and have an idea of which programs you want to apply to.
I waited until Step 2 Dedicated time to work on my VSAS application, and it took SO much time away from my board studying! Start it earlier to take that pressure off.

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 Feb. 10, 2022 Student Newsletter information for MS3s.