MS3 Class Information – June 29, 2023

Please provide feedback for UW Medicine’s strategic planning effort

UW Medicine, the parent of UWSOM, is engaged in a strategic planning effort to clarify priorities and create a vision of the future that unites 31 academic departments, the offices of the vice deans and all who are within the UW School of Medicine umbrella. The first step in this process has been to engage direct feedback and input from the UWSOM community through facilitated listening sessions like the one students were invited to in May.

For those of you who were unable to attend the session, UW Medicine’s leadership encourages you to submit your feedback here no later than this coming Monday, July 3. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our UW consultants leading this effort, Kurt O’Brien,, and Stephanie Schulz,

Applications for Explore & Focus Track close Wednesday, July 5

The applications for Explore & Focus (E&F) Track are open! You can find information and the application on the Office of Curriculum website.

Please note: Explore & Focus Phase Track students are registered for 12 weeks of clerkships within their Track location. The time in Track must be comprised of Required Emergency Medicine, Required Neurology, and an additional four weeks of E&F clinical coursework. The time in your Track site will likely be non-consecutive.

Explore & Focus Tracks are offered in the following WWAMI areas:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho (Idaho is a statewide Track so you can expect to take at least one clerkship outside of the Boise/Treasure Valley area)
  • Montana
  • Spokane, Washington

Applications close this Wednesday, July 5. No late applications will be accepted.

Career Advising Student Advisory Board – Tip of the Month

While on rotations, try to secure at least one person who can write a letter for your residency application. If an attending offers to write you a letter in the future, take them up on it! If they don’t offer one naturally, but you connect with them and do well on the rotation, ask if they feel they can write you a strong letter of rec. Away rotation applications also often require letters, so stay in touch with these letter writers! Here’s some more info from Career Advising on letters of recommendation.

  • 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 previous newsletter for MS3s.

Have a wonderful week!