MS2 Class Information – Nov. 17, 2022

Patient Care preferencing deadline is Monday, Nov. 21

Here’s a reminder that Patient Care preferencing for clerkships offered Spring 2023 to Winter 2024 continues until Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. MT.

Check the Patient Care Scheduling section on the intranet for all the details, including how to make preferences using the eValue Optimization Scheduling tool (EVOS), the preferencing system.

Don’t delay! As Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

Be sure to take the Y2Q survey before Monday to enjoy two ways to win prizes (and help the school as well!)

This is an update from Sara Kim, associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement: You are continuing to move the survey response rate upward!  Our response rate this week stands at 49 percent, an increase of 5 percentage points from last week. We are now exceeding the national average by 20 percentage points! Thank you to those who took the time to complete or start the survey.

At the regional campus level, Montana is now at 72 percent (up by 10 percentage points), followed by Idaho at 61 percent (up by 11). We have two campuses with a 5 percentage point increase: Gonzaga (51 percent) and Alaska (42 percent). Seattle and Wyoming response rates remain the same, 39 and 40 percent, respectively.

It’s a natural part of the survey cycle that responses have slowed. If you haven’t taken the survey, please consider spending 10 to 12 minutes of your time to complete the survey.

Here is a list of the incentives we are providing.

  • 1 Amazon Tablet ($50 worth)
  • 1 Kindle ($100 worth)
  • 2 wireless earbuds ($100 worth)
  • 2 Portable Charger ($55 worth)
  • 3 Amazon Fire TV Stick ($25)

We will randomly draw a winner for an Amazon Tablet on this coming Monday, Nov. 21 So if you take the survey by then, you’ll have two chances to win. Winners for the rest of the items will be randomly drawn after Y2Q survey closes in December. Given the small number of students who let us know about the survey completion, we will do the drawings from the class list (Thank you to those who emailed!).

Thank you for your participation and please encourage other students to participate in the survey as well!graphic showing response rates to the survey by campus


Sessions coming in Seattle and Wyoming for career planning 

After your first year 1:1s and career planning sessions with your career advisors, we look forward to seeing you in person for hourlong meetings to delve into MS2 career planning and next steps for Autumn and Winter.

  • In Spokane: Monday, Nov. 28, noon PT in the 840 Building, Room 212.
  • In Seattle: Wednesday, Nov.30, noon PT
  • In Wyoming: Monday, Dec. 5, 12:15 p.m. MT

The room location in Seattle will be provided in Elentra and by email.

These sessions have already been held in Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

We will go over key concepts and resources that every MS2 needs to know including the timeline for specialty planning and residency applications. We will have time for Q&A so please bring your questions!

This session will:

  • Delve into the career planning approach that sets you up for success in exploring specialties and career paths
  • Provide information and key resources for MS2 career planning
  • Discuss Step 1 & Career Planning
  • Discuss CV tips (so your CV is ready for clerkships)
  • Answer your questions!

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month 

You’re almost done with the classroom portion of medical school! With this last bit of pre-clinical med school, continue to go to interest group events, volunteer, and do other extracurriculars. Life is busy during clerkships, so these things are harder to do. Of course, prioritize your blocks first and don’t spread yourself too thin.

  • 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 last week’s newsletter for MS2s.

Have a great week!