MS3 Class Information – April 28, 2022

Save the Date: Writing a Personal Statement for your Residency Application

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 5 to 6 p.m. AK, 6 to 7 p.m. PT, 7 to 8 p.m. MT


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 MS3s Applying to Match 2023: Join this interactive workshop co-facilitated by Career Advising and the Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) which will help you write a quality personal statement and identify useful resources and tools.  No matter where you are in the writing process, whether you haven’t started or are deep into drafting, we encourage everyone to attend. Answers to common questions will also be answered.

We know the fall feels like a long way off but spring quarter is when you should start drafting your personal statement. The process takes multiple months and many revisions, so it’s never too early to start. 

ICYMI from last week: Recent updates from the National Board of Medical Examiners

A message from Matt Cunningham, Director of Educational Evaluation: I wanted to make sure you were aware of two recent announcements from the National Board of Medical Examiners.

  1. NBME has officially committed to continuing remote administration of subject exams through the 2022-23 academic year, so you will not have to travel to take clerkship exams in person. 
  1. The passing score for Step 2 CK will increase from 209 to 214 for examinees who take the exam on or after July 1, 2022. For those of you who are still taking Patient Care clerkship exams, in our experience, average clerkship exam score across all Patient Care clerkships is the strongest predictor we have of Step 2 CK numeric score. It may help you to think of the clerkship exams as practice exams that give you the opportunity to consolidate knowledge in each of the specialties prior to taking Step 2 CK, where you have to put it all together. As a reminder, Academic Support is still available in the clinical phases to help you with either clerkship exams or Step 2 CK. 

Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions. 

Award available for student involved in behavior health, psychiatry

A message from the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department: We are announcing an award for fourth-year medical students. The Margaret O’Donnell Prize is awarded to a senior medical student who has been highly involved in behavior health issues and done outstanding academic work in psychiatry. Attributes considered during selection include clinical skills, community support, community development, scholarship, and research with an emphasis on work done since matriculation. There is a $600 monetary prize associated with the award. For questions, contact Heidi Combs, MD, vice chair of education, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

The away rotation application has opened! If you’re planning to apply:

  1. Don’t forget to plan for a letter of recommendation. Ask your specialty advisor about the best person to get a letter from.
  2. Now is a good time to polish up your CV! Need help? Check out Career Advising’s CV page for videos, templates, and to register for a CV Group Review Session.

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 April 21, 2022 Student Newsletter information for MS3s.