MS1 Class Information – Aug. 4, 2022

ICYMI Don’t purchase AMBOSS yet

A message from Dr. Heather McPhillips, associate dean for curriculum: You all may be hearing about the many third-party resources available for medical students to make purchases.  As part of your next block, I&I, you will be required to purchase AMBOSS which is a popular Q-bank and learning resource.

DO NOT PURCHASE AMBOSS YET! Prior to the I&I block, we will be sending out information to purchase this at a substantial discount as part of the institutional discount for UW. 

For more detail, here’s what the Office of Curriculum has to say:

UWSOM is excited to incorporate AMBOSS as a learning resource into the curriculum starting with your next block, Infections & Immunity (I&I). AMBOSS is an online medical learning platform designed to assist students in developing test taking skills and prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE).

AMBOSS provides access to practice questions, medical images and clinical articles. You will receive information on how to purchase this question bank prior to the start of I&I in September. We encourage you to postpone your purchase of AMBOSS until we provide you with an institutional discount which would substantially decrease the cost of the question bank.

  • To learn more about AMBOSS, visit their website:
  • If you are interested in learning more about the incorporation of AMBOSS into the curriculum please contact the Office of Curriculum (
  • If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of question banks please contact Academic Support (

Seattle volunteer opportunity

The Office of Healthcare Equity is looking for early rising volunteers who’d be willing to help at the PNW African American Male Wellness Walk in Renton on this coming Saturday, Aug. 6.

UW Medicine and Valley Medical Center will be running the health screening stations for participants checking blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol/hba1c/blood sugar, and heart rate on attendees. This is a great opportunity for our medical students to get out into the community, notes Priscilla Estrada, Community and Workforce Engagement Specialist, Office of Healthcare Equity.

The team is in need for volunteers to help support the health screening stations, help attendees fill out paperwork, etc., she said.

Schedule: 6 a.m. volunteer arrival (Screenings will be done prior to the walk starting at 7 a.m.). The event ends at noon.

Location: Renton Memorial Stadium, 405 Logan Avenue N., Renton, 98057

Click here to learn more about the National African American Male Wellness Agency and the amazing work they do. Click here for the event page.

To sign up, email Priscilla Estrada here.

Note: We’re happy to share volunteer opportunities throughout WWAMI. Let us know at

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month 

Welcome! Every month, you’ll get a tip in this newsletter to help you stay on track from a career advising standpoint.

You’ve gotten (or will soon get) tons of emails about extracurriculars! This may seem overwhelming during FMR, but think big picture about what might interest you career-wise. If you can, try to take on a leadership position for an interest group, volunteer project, or committee!  Make sure you don’t overcommit. Picking one to two extracurriculars this year to pour into is a fantastic way to kick off med school. Pathway applications will also open this fall and can be helpful in learning how to better serve historically excluded and marginalized communities!

  • Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs.

In case you missed it: Here is a link to the July 28, 2022 Student Newsletter Information for MS1s.

Have a great week!