MS1 Class Information – April 27, 2023

There are surveys in front of all medical students this month. In this video you’ll hear from WWAMI leaders and staff about why they think surveys are important. You can hear from other leaders in this related video we shared last month. There are reasons for all these surveys, and we thank you for filling them out (and adding your comments!)

Help the school by taking a survey – and earn a chance to win prizes!

This is a message from Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement: This week, you should have received a survey link from This is customized to you so you will no longer receive a reminder after completing the survey.

The survey this year will focus on two areas:

  1. Areas where the school currently has active accreditation citations. These questions appear first in the survey)
  2. Areas where the accrediting agency requires the school to establish baseline data in preparation for the 2024 kick-off of the accreditation work.

Each year, we establish the goal of reaching an 80 percent response rate. We are excited to offer incentives for your cohort as follows. The chance to win:

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

I thank you in advance for your time in completing the survey and offering your candid input into the quality of the medical education program.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month

We hope you enjoyed Spring break! Now that you’re almost done with being an MS1, use your AAMC account to take this fun assessment and see what specialty you might fit well in. If you already have the results, discuss them with your Career Advisor and College Mentor. Let your results help guide your summer research, online career exploration, informational interviews, shadowing, etc. 

Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs.

Special notice: Action required for disability accommodations for clerkship locations (If needed)

Students who require clerkship location accommodations to manage their personal medical conditions/disabilities must apply for and be approved by the university’s Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office prior to June 30. Because it can take two to five weeks, sometimes longer, to be approved for accommodation with DRS, you should start the process as soon as possible (and no later than June 16).

  • If you are not currently registered with DRS, please fill out a “new student application” and submit your documentation via the DRS services website.
  • If you are already receiving accommodation through DRS and want to discuss clerkship location, please schedule an appointment with Kowan Russell,

Additional information about the steps for requesting accommodation is outlined on the UW DRS “Getting Started” website.

In case you missed it, here is a link to the latest MS1 newsletter.

Have a fabulous week!