MS3 Class Information – Jan. 12, 2023

Family medicine scholarship opportunity

The deadline to apply for the Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) scholarships is May 1, 2023.  The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care.

The program is designed to provide educational programs, leadership training, and funding. Scholars are expected to attend annual leadership skills development symposia organized by PLF each year. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period.  Students who have made a commitment to the field of family medicine and who will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall of 2023 may apply.  The PLF will award up to 10 scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Get more information and apply at the PLF website.

A reminder about documenting clinical encounters

As a reminder, all students currently in their Patient Care or Explore & Focus phases will be required to log all required clinical encounters lists for their required Patient Care and Explore and Focus clerkships in eValue. Please remember to log your clinical encounters under the “UWA, .Clinical Encounters”  program in eValue. You will not be logging under the department you have your rotation in. The “UWA, .Clinical Encounters”  program should be listed at the top when you log into eValue:

Information and instructions on how to log your clinical encounters for your Patient Care and Explore and Focus Required Clerkships in eValue can be found here.

Please remember that while you may encounter a diagnosis on the list multiple times throughout your clerkship, you only need to log ONE instance for each diagnosis. Additionally, you can log multiple encounters for one patient if they have multiple diagnoses on the list.

Please make sure when you are logging an encounter that you are recording only requirements for the clerkships you are currently participating in. Please do not log other department’s diagnoses under the current clerkship you are enrolled for. Please watch the video for further clarification.

Encounters should be logged by the last day of your clerkship. Feel free to reach out to if you have any questions.



ICYMI AMA offers four scholarship opportunities; apply for nomination by TOMORROW, Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

The American Medical Association (AMA) has four scholarship opportunities for rising fourth-year students or students graduating in May/June 2024.


Underrepresented in
(formerly Minority Scholars Award – $10,000 award)

·African American/Black,
Latinx/Hispanic or American Indian/Native Hawaiians/Alaska Native who
demonstrates a dedication to serving vulnerable or underserved

·Selection is based on
academic excellence and financial need.

UWSOM can submit two
for this award category.

Dr. Richard Allen
Williams & Genita Evangelista
Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Scholarship
($5,000 award)

·Must be an African American/Black
student with an interest in cardiology

·Must explain your
interest in cardiology in your personal statement. One of your letters of
recommendation should also reference this interest.

UWSOM can submit one
for this award category.

AMA Alliance
Grassroots Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
($10,000 award)

·Must have an interest in
and commitment to women’s and/or children’s health issues.

·Selection will be based
on volunteer activities and/or research initiatives.

UWSOM can submit two
for this award category.

The Herman E. Diskin,
MD Memorial Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
($10,000 award)

·Must demonstrate a strong
commitment to medicine, humanitarian public service and compassionate patient

·Selection is based on
academic excellence and financial need

UWSOM can submit one
for this award category.

General Requirements:

  • Must be nominated through the medical school dean’s office or the dean’s designate
  • Nominees must be rising final-year medical students set to graduate in May/June 2024
  • Must be permanent residents or citizens of the U.S. or have DACA status

If you are interested and meet the requirements listed above, please submit your CV and a one-page personal statement outlining your career goals in medicine to by Jan. 13, 2023. Please note that if you are selected, you will also need a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and a letter from the dean’s office for the final application. If you submit a personal statement, please let your designated faculty letter writer know you may need a letter shortly. Students can only be nominated for one category under the Physicians of Tomorrow Award program.

Next deadlines and milestones:

  • Jan. 13 at 10:59 p.m. AK, 11:59 p.m. PT, or Jan. 14 at 1 a.m. MT: Deadline to submit a personal statement and CV to
  • Jan. 31 – UWSOM selects and informs nominated students
  • Jan. 31 – Feb. 10 – Students are to gather the following application materials:
    • Application form (to be completed through the AMA portal
    • Personal statement
    • A signed letter of recommendation from a faculty member
    • A signed letter of recommendation from the office of the dean
    • Medical school transcript (unofficial copy acceptable)
    • USMLE transcript (Step 1)
    • Signed financial statement (to be requested by student from Diane Noecker)
  • Feb. 28 at 8:59 p.m. AK, 9:59 p.m. PT, 10:59 p.m. MT, Deadline for student nominees to apply through the AMA portal

Please send all questions to

Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

We hope you had a restful winter break! As you’re going through these rotations, it’s helpful to look at the daily work you’re doing and reflect on what you like and don’t like about it.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Careers in Medicine Clinical Rotation Evaluation provides a format for you to record your thoughts and opinions. 

  • Do you love the operating room and working with your hands?
  • Do you enjoy getting to sit down with patients for conversations?
  • How important is continuity of care to you?
  • Do you like high adrenaline situations?
  • Do you prefer working in a hospital or a clinic?

Answering these big-picture questions can help you narrow down on specialty options to explore further! Pay attention to which clerkship(s) keep you interested and inspired even when the work is tough, and you are tired.  

  • 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 the previous newsletter for MS3s.

Have a great week!