MS4 Class Information – March 24, 2022

Saturday update: Webinar: Blackface, the Problem with Intention 

 “Blackface: The Problem With Intention” will be led Friday, April 1, by Ayanna Thompson, PhD, a national expert on blackface. This UW Medicine webinar is one of several planned responses to address harm from a recently exposed blackface incident affecting our UW Medicine community. 

We’ll share a link to the recording of this webinar in a future newsletter.  

The webinar will provide a brief history and overview of blackface, moving from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. It will include an examination of several prominent cases involving public figures who have engaged in blackface and explore why effect and harm matter more than intention. 

Thompson is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and the Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies. In 2021, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of many books including “Blackface,” a 2022 Prose Award Finalist from the Association of American Publishers. 

The webinar is noon to 1:30 p.m. PT on Friday, April 1. Register at this link. Registration requires a UW Net ID or an email address at Fred Hutch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s, or Valley Medical Center. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

2022 Match results available to view

The de-identified 2022 match results are now available to view online on the UWSOM career advising website under “UWSOM Match Results Data.”

Pay it forward to future UW students

Congrats to many of you! As you stand towards the end of your medical school journey, we ask you to please pay it forward.
ROL survey due March 31

Students regularly ask Student Affairs for UWSOM data, and many of you told us how much you benefited from the 2017-2020 UWSOM interviews & match specialty data we shared with you when you were creating your program lists. The ROL survey is for our internal UWSOM resource, an example of which is pictured below: UWSOM Interviews & Match data. By completing the survey, you’ll be helping future students identify which programs they might want to apply and strengthen UWSOM data to provide evidence-based, specialty-specific advising for future students.

NOTE: This survey is optional, and the data will only be shared in aggregate without student identifiers. If there are only one to two students in a specialty and for all smaller specialties, we aggregate the data across five or more years to ensure anonymity.

If you choose to complete the ROL survey, please do so by March 31.


Residents in Medicine (RiM) Directory — signups now open!

Be a resource for future UWSOM students by adding your name to the Residents in Medicine (RIM) Directory. Students may contact you about your program, specialty pathway, career choice and the residency application process in general.

  • You’ll be a point of contact for occasional inquiries.
  • Signup to the directory takes less than five minutes.
  • You will only be active in the database throughout your residency years and can opt-out at any time.

In order to increase equity and access, consider completing the optional identity-based questions so that underrepresented students can more easily connect with residents with identities similar to their own.

This directory is for UWSOM internal use only If, at any point, you would like to be removed from the directory, please email Career Advising at

Sign up now and pay it forward to future UWSOM students!

Contribute to the TexasSTAR by April 11

As you may recall from last fall, the 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. Many students reported finding it helpful when building their original program lists.

All graduating MS4s across the country are invited to submit data about their residency application experience in order to build out the resource for future classes. The survey is delivered in REDCap and is completely anonymous. If you applied to more than one specialty, you’ll need to submit a response for each specialty.

Please complete the survey by April 11. The more students who submit data, the more useful the information will be to future applicants!

Thanks to those who have taken the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire and the Explore & Focus Phase Survey

You can win prizes worth up to $50!

The Educational Quality Improvement team would like to thank those of you who have shown so much enthusiasm. “You are awesome. Compared to the past three to four years, you are the first cohort to exceed a 30 percent survey response rate so early in the process. Thank you so much for those of you who have completed the Association of American Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire and the Explore & Focus Phase Survey,” said Sara Kim, Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement.

Here are updates about both surveys as of March 22:

AAMC Graduation Questionnaire 

You helped narrow the gap with the national average over the past week. Our response rate is 34.3 percent compared to the national rate of 44.9 percent. We are almost half way to our goal of 80 percent.

At the regional campus level, Idaho has the highest response rate at 42.5 percent (last week: 35 percent), followed by Gonzaga (41.3 percent vs. 38.1 percent last week), Wyoming (38.1 percent vs. 23.8 percent , Montana (33.3% percent vs. 29.6 percent ), Seattle (28.1 percent vs. 18.8 percent), and Alaska (22.2 percent vs. 5.6 percent). Kudos to Alaska, Wyoming, and Seattle students for helping increase your response rates significantly.



  • Four $50 items you select from Amazon
  • Sixteen $25 items you select from Amazon
  • Three $50-value WWAMI gift packs

We will randomly draw students and if your name is picked, we will request from you the AAMC receipt of survey completion. Please keep a record of it!

Survey Link: AAMC sends the survey link to your email. Contact to request the link.

Survey Link:

AAMC sent the survey link to your email (Contact to request the link).

Explore & Focus Phase Survey

Response Rates:
In just one week, 88 of you completed the survey, which is a record. You will receive a survey link directly via email. Your email address is only used for tracking purposes and your responses will remain anonymous.



  • Two $50 items you select from Amazon
  • Twelve $25 items you select from Amazon
  • One $50-value WWAMI gift pack

Survey Link: You received a survey link directly via email. Your email address is only used for tracking purposes and your responses will remain anonymous.

AAMC Loan Repayment Webinar for graduating MS4s – Happening in just a few days!

Event: AAMC Loan Repayment Webinar for Graduating MS4s
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. AK, 5 to 6:30 p.m. PT, 6 to 7:30 p.m. MT
Recorded: Yes

This is the second loan repayment webinar hosted by the AAMC and SOM Financial Aid. The same information will be presented on March 29 as the February 17 webinar. You can watch the recording for February 17 here. We strongly encourage all students to attend the webinar live so you can ask Julie Fresne your questions. The webinar is required viewing before signing up for your SOM exit interview.


In case you missed it:

Here is a link to the March 17, 2022 Weekly Student Newsletter information for MS4s.