MS4 Class Information – April 6, 2023

ICYMI: Please support future students by completing the TexasSTAR survey by April 14

This message is from the Career Advising team:

UW is currently at a 24% completion rate – compared to WSU at 27%! Please complete the survey ASAP to boost our response rate! 

As you may recall from last fall, the TexasSTAR is a national resource used to demystify the residency application process. All graduating MS4s across the country are invited to submit data about their residency application experience in order to build out the resource for future classes.  

This tool allows you to review specialties and programs, and to compare your profile against students who received interviews and matched to programs in your specialty. We’d love for all graduating students to complete the survey but especially if you used the TexasSTAR while researching programs.  

The more students who submit data, the more useful the information will be to future applicants.

The survey is delivered in REDCap and is completely anonymous. If you applied to more than one specialty, you’ll need to submit a response for each specialty.

Please complete the survey by April 14.

ICYMI: Please sign up for the Residents in Medicine directory

The Residents in Medicine (RIM) directory is comprised of recent UWSOM alumni available for current students to contact about their residency program, specialty pathway, application, and interview experience. By signing up, you give permission for the information you provide to be included in the directory. Your information will be in a secure, password protected online directory accessible only to current UWSOM students. After you complete residency, your information will be archived and removed from the active directory.

This directory is for UWSOM internal use only. If, at any point, you would like to be removed from the directory, please email Career Advising.

Sign up for the Residents in Medicine directory by May 15 and pay it forward to future UWSOM students!

AAMC Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) + E & F Phase Survey 

This is a message from Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement.

Dear MS4 Community, 

Beginning this week, I will be providing updates on both the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire and the Explore & Focus Phase survey response rates 

I am aware of the survey load on you as we are trying to elicit your voices in areas that are critically important to medical school accreditation and continuous quality improvement initiatives. So, I thank you for your time. I also would like to remind you of the pizza party on May 22 when you will have time to complete the surveys if that’s more convenient for you. 

Graphs summarizing the data trends and incentives for each survey appear below following a synopsis of this week’s response rates by campus. 

Thank you so much for your sustained interest and time. 

AAMC GQ Update: Summary Data & Incentives 

Thank you to a handful of you who took the time to complete the GQ. We are right at the national average of 53%. Here are the accolades: The biggest jump in the response rate comes from Alaska students (+7%, 64% vs. 57%), followed by Seattle (+5%, 46% vs. 41%) and Spokane (+2%, 46% vs. 44%). In the past we struggled to attain a high response rate from our large cohorts; I thank Seattle and Spokane students for your engagement. Wyoming (56%), Montana (86%), and Idaho (54%) are at rest. 

Incentives for AAMC GQ (please save the AAMC receipt):

  • 1 Amazon Kindle ($100 worth)
  • 2 Amazon Fire Tablets ($60)
  • 3 Portable Charger ($50)
  • 2 Wireless Earbuds ($50)
  • 1 Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($20)
  • 1 USB Charging Station ($20)

Explore & Focus Phase: Summary Data & Incentives 

We are at 23% at the school level which is very positive given the survey was launched only two weeks ago. Thank you to those who completed the survey. There is a strong early completion rates based on the breakdown of your Foundations campus: Montana (38%), Alaska (29%), Idaho (24%), Wyoming (25%), and Seattle & Spokane (both 19%). Our team continuously reviews the survey status to monitor the data trends including the comments you provide. 

Incentives for Explore & Focus Phase Survey:

  • 1 Amazon Kindle ($100)
  • 2 Amazon Fire Tablets ($60)
  • 2 Portable Chargers ($50)
  • 1 Wireless Earbuds ($50)
  • 3 Portable Stanley Adventure Travel Tumblers ($30)


In case you missed it, here is the March 30, 2023 newsletter for MS4s.


Have a terrific week!