MS4 Class Information – May 11, 2023

Discounts available for study resources

Here’s an update from Academic Support about study resources:

We partner with the following third-party companies to provide you with discounts. While UWSOM does not specifically endorse these companies, we are aware that they offer valuable resources that many of our students have used and currently use and hope that our efforts can provide a small fraction of financial relief.

Please note the expiration date on each offer. Once that offer has passed, we will not be able to extend the discount.

AMBOSS: Amboss is a learning resource that features articles, videos, and an extensive question bank.

Sketchy: Sketchy is a research-proven visual learning platform that helps students and professionals effortlessly learn and recall information by taking advantage of art, story, and the method of loci.

Pixorize: Pixorize makes visual mnemonics covering biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, and more for the USMLE exams.

Pathoma: Pathoma is a website devoted to covering the in-depth pathology text of Dr. Husain Sattar.

Online Med Ed: Provides a learning platform focusing on understanding and mastering the fundamentals. Offers pre-clinical and clinical resources.

These discount codes can also be found on our Academic Support Resources website.

If you have questions or concerns regarding any of these resources, please contact the respective customer service emails listed above.

ICYMI: Register by TOMORROW, Friday, May 12, for Black Graduation and Kente Ceremony in June

This year’s 27th annual ceremony will be held at the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. This move will allow organizers to host a non-ticketed event, this allowing graduates to invite more of their family and friends to join them in celebration. You can sign up to participate through the link here; the deadline is May 12.

Here’s more information about the event, and you can learn more on the Black Graduation and Kente Ceremony website.

• Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
• Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
• Address: 3870 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98105
• Theme: Black is Culture

The event welcomes volunteers; you can sign up here.

Complete: Specialty & Residency Planning Survey for Match 2024, due May 14

MS3s and Expanded MS4s: Today the Career Advising team asks you to complete the first in a series of short, required surveys that are essential to the planning and advising process for residency application and Match. The information you provide helps your Career Advisor, in collaboration with your Specialty Career Advisor(s), know how best to support you in your specialty planning and residency application strategies.  We will follow up with you until we receive your response.

Take the Survey Now

At the start of Explore & Focus, many students are undecided on their specialty and this is normal. The role of your Spring and early Summer E&F rotations is to support your specialty decision-making process and help you prepare a strong residency application.

Linh, Sarah and Tonja in Career Advising are here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Office Hours via Zoom,  Monday through Thursday, hourlong starting at 11 a.m. AK, noon PT, 1 p.m. MT:

Latest thoughts about surveys and a reminder of the chance to win prizes

From Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement: I will continue to provide an update on the AAMC GQ response rate through this forum; as for the Explore & Focus Phase survey, I am reaching out separately to the students who haven’t had a chance to complete the survey by email.

This week’s AAMC GQ response rate is 57 percent (up 3 percentage points from last week) with the national response rate of 70 percent. While the gap has widened significantly, let’s set our weekly goals to increase the rate by 3 to 4 percentage points per week between now and early June when the survey closes. Here are my accolades for our Seattle (52 percent vs. 49 percent), Spokane (53 percent vs. 46 percent), and Idaho (59 percent vs. 56 percent) students who took the time to complete the survey!!! As you will see in the graph below, if all students who started the survey completed it, Wyoming, Alaska and Idaho would be well within the 80 percent mark! Montana continues to set the bar pretty high at 86 percent.

Please look for the email from the AAMC that included a code to continue the survey or to start the survey.

You can wait until May 22 to complete the survey while enjoying lunch or get a head start on both the GQ and E&F Phase surveys.

Please save the receipt from AAMC because you’ll have a chance to win:

  • 1 Amazon Kindle ($100 worth)
  • 2 Amazon Fire Tablets ($60)
  • 2 Portable Charger ($50)
  • 1 pair of Wireless Earbuds ($50)
  • 3 Portable Bluetooth Speakers ($20)

Meanwhile, I’ve written to students who have not yet completed the End-of-Explore & Focus survey: Your peers helped raise the rate by 2 percentage points over the past week to reach 35 percent. Please note in the graph below that many of you have started the survey! If everyone completes the survey, we will be at 45 percent at the school level with Montana reaching 65 percent followed by Idaho, 51 percent, Wyoming, 44 percent, Alaska, 43 percent, Seattle, 40 percent, and Spokane, 39 percent.

For those who haven’t started the survey, you can wait until May 22 and complete the survey during lunch, however, I highly encourage you to get started now to save time. Save your progress by clicking the “Save & Return Later” button at the bottom of the page; return to the survey using your individual survey link.

If you were to prioritize between this internal survey and the AAMC GQ, I recommend completing the internal survey so our team can focus on the accreditation status reports.

Thank you for your help. The customized survey link is emailed to you by every Tuesday afternoon.





In case you missed it, here is the previous newsletter for MS4s.


Have a terrific week!