MS3 Class Information – Feb. 2, 2023

Register right away: Attend this AAMC student webinar to understand the VSLO system for applying to away rotations

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is hosting a Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) webinar on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. AK, 4 p.m. PT and 5 p.m. MT. The Career Advising team encourages any student considering an away rotation to join the webinar to hear from a panel of host institutions and gain an understanding of their review and decision-making processes.

AAMC student webinars have been known to reach capacity, so register asap. Follow this link and sign in with your AAMC credentials to register in advance.

Nominate attendings or residents for Excellence in Teaching by Feb. 24

The Medicine Student Programs need your help to identify and nominate attendings and residents from WWAMI for our Excellence in Teaching awards. If you have not done so already, please use this link to nominate the attendings and residents who you feel have demonstrated excellence in teaching during your medicine rotations.

It’s time for nominations for The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS)

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, (

Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

 You’re almost done with the Patient Care Phase! Ideally, you have narrowed down your career choices to one to two specialties with a secondary specialty until fourth year – if one of the specialties is not family medicine (FM), pediatrics (Peds), or internal medicine (IM).  Meet with UWSOMOM Career Advising and/or your specialty career advisor to review competitiveness, MS4 electives, and, for a few specialties,away rotation planning. If you want to do an away rotation, get your CV updated, ask for a letter of recommendation, and have an idea of which programs you want to apply to. Try to start working on your Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application now and not during Step 2 Dedicated so you don’t have to take time away from board studying!

  • 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!