MS3 Class Information – Jan. 26

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) is preparing to select its next class of student members for the upcoming year. Peer nomination is the critical first step in the selection process. Included below is more information about the organization, the nomination process, and the election process.

What is Gold Humanism Honor Society?

GHHS is a national honor society that recognizes students, residents, and faculty who are humanistic exemplars for their peers, have a commitment to service, and demonstrate the utmost professionalism in medicine. (Academic performance is not considered and no grade information is collected/shared). At UW, the GHHS chapter is responsible for a variety of projects, including but not limited to the Imposter Syndrome project, Tell Me More Campaign and the Transition to Residency Story Slam event. In the past, GHHS has also collaborated in national research with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

How many people will be elected?

The national GHHS organization allows for up to 15% of the graduating class to be elected to the chapter per year. The election is a blinded process, so no names are revealed while the group is deciding on its members. Elected student names are revealed only after the election has concluded. Elected students will be contacted in late April.

Who is eligible to be elected?

According to the national GHHS organization, students are eligible for consideration once when they are entering their final year of medical school. (There are still opportunities to be selected as a resident or faculty member in future years).

  • Note: due to the nature of our distributed campus model, if a student expands during the clinical years or participates in the MD/PhD program, it is difficult for them to receive peer nominations during the year that they would be eligible for membership. Subsequently, we solicit nominations with their original class and retain those until the year that they are eligible for membership consideration.

In order to be considered for membership, eligible students must:

  • Be entering their final year of medical school
  • Be nominated by peers (see below)
  • Be invited to fill out an application following the nomination process (students will be contacted directly by the GHHS selection committee)
  • Submit all application materials on time for consideration by the UW GHHS chapter

How do students get nominations? How can I nominate my peers?

Students may nominate their MS3 peers by going to:

You must submit your nominations before 10:59 p.m. AK, 11:59 p.m. PT and 12:59 a.m. MT on Sunday, Feb. 12..

  • Good candidates include students who are considered humanistic exemplars in the practice of medicine and demonstrate utmost professionalism.
  • Because the focus of this organization is based on humanism, the national organization frowns on students soliciting nominations.
  • Self-nominations are not considered and will be removed.

If you have questions about the honor society, please don’t hesitate to contact Brooke Bessen and Adrian DeLeon, chapter co-presidents, ( and, or Dr. Jill Watanabe, chapter advisor, (


Open scheduling starts tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 a.m. AK, 9 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. MT

Open scheduling  –  sometimes known as add/drop  –  is the process of making changes to your Explore and Focus (E&F) schedule. To make a schedule change request, use the Clinical Schedule Change Form. To access the form, click on the link inside the email you’re scheduled to receive tomorrow (Friday) at the times listed above from with the subject line “OPEN SCHEDULING HAS BEGUN”.

You must use the Clinical Schedule Change Form to request any schedule changes.  Emails will not substitute for the form.

Requests submitted before the official start time of open scheduling time will be deleted and will not be made.

Very, very (very) important details may be found in an email scheduled to be sent to your class on Thursday and also under the E&F Scheduling section on the SOM Registration and Records website.


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!