MS1 Class Information – May 18, 2023

Discounts available for study resources expire soon

Academic Support wants you to know that the following discounts will be expiring soon!

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.

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

Boards & Beyond: Step 1-Preclinical provides an online virtual curriculum to supplement your coursework and build your foundation in preclinical topics. Members have access to 447 videos, PDF copies of the slides and a question bank with more than 2,300 questions covering the breadth of preclinical material.

Bootcamp: Med School Bootcamp “is your all-in-one resource for learning medicine and passing Step 1, according to the company.

These discount codes and others can also be found on the Academic Support Resources website.

Many thanks to students for taking the survey

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

You did it. In three weeks, your response rate exceeded the 50 percent mark and now stands at 56 percent (up 12 percentage points over the past week). I thank many of you who took the time to complete the survey or started the survey. It’s been fun to track your engagement as a cohort.

Based on the graph below, this week’s accolade goes to Montana students. Your rate is 77 percent thanks to a 30 percentage point jump in one week. Plus, many of you already started the survey so you are on track for 90 percent. Looking at the weekly percent increases, I thank Idaho students for registering 60 percent (up 15 percentage points), followed by Seattle (50 percent, up 11 percentage points), Spokane (48 percent, up 5 percentage points), Wyoming (70 percent, up 5 percentage points), and Alaska (50 percent, up 5 percentage points)

Seattle students: This is the first time I have seen the largest student cohort reaching a 50 percent mark this early in survey administration. Thank you!

The customized survey link is emailed directly to you every Tuesday afternoon from Here is what you could win in the raffle:

  • 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)

Special repeated 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.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board Tip of the Month

If you’re leaning toward a specialty (or a couple of them) and have already met with Career Advising, review when you can meet with your specialty career advisor (SCA)! Some of you don’t have to connect with them until starting your clinical phase. Just follow their advice on the Specialty Guides. For others, it can be great to get on the SCA’s radar early, but make sure you bring specific questions. Use this website to prepare for your meeting. Be ready to share your summer plans with them and ask if they have any suggestions (such as, presenting your summer project at a specific conference, extra shadowing, volunteering, etc.).

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 a link to the latest MS1 newsletter.

Have a fabulous week!