MS3 Class Information – Feb. 24, 2022

MS3 Career Planning Reminder as Open Registration Begins

Your career advisors are available to meet with you regarding specialty planning and your E&F schedule. Please make your specialty-related schedule changes on the earlier side of Open Registration, where possible.
• Answers to most student questions can be found in the Guide to 4th Year Planning.
• Remember to review the Clinical Phase Planning section of the Specialty Guides.
• For those who have been recommended or considered parallel planning or dual applying, make sure any related course(s) are also in your summer schedule.

Careers in Biotech

The AAMC subcommittee, Training Opportunities for Physician Scientists (TOPS), invites students interested in applying to research residencies to learn more about Careers in Biotech. This virtual session will take place Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. AK, 5 to 6:30 p.m. PT, 6 to 7:30 MT. You can learn more and register here. Recordings will be available after each session here for those who do not register for the webinar.

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 6 p.m.
  • Pacific Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Mountain Time: 7 to 8 p.m.

An email will be sent out soon with the agenda. Here is a Zoom link to the meeting:

Career Advising Support As You Prepare Your Away Rotation Application Components

If you missed the national VSLO Student Webinar: Away Rotations 2022-23, hosted by AAMC, the webinar recording is now available. You will hear from a panel of host institutions to gain a better understanding of their review and decision-making processes. The panelists provided insight and useful details and strategies about away rotations during the discussion.

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 or letters of recommendation as part of your application. Read each host institution’s application requirements carefully so that you understand how many letters each institution requires. When requesting a letter of recommendation from a physician, follow the instructions and use the Request Form provided by UWSOM Registration team.
  • General information about LoRs, from the perspective of residency applications, can be found on the Career Advising LoR resource page.

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 fourth-year students at more than 110 medical schools, administered by the UT Southwestern Medical School. Do not delete the TexasSTAR email you received on Tuesday, Feb. 15!

The email you received on Feb. 15 grants you access to the 2021-22 TexasSTAR data set.

  • 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 Feb. 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 your UW Net ID:; the password is the same as your Net ID 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 Feb. 15 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 Feb. 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

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. 17, 2022 Student Newsletter information for MS3s.