MS4 Class Information – Aug. 17, 2023


Aug. 29 online webinar for URM students and allies about the coming Match and UW residencies

The University of Washington’s Network of Underrepresented Residents & Fellows (UW NURF) and Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) cordially invites URM students and/or allies to participate in its two-hour Virtual Diversity Recruitment Town Hall.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023

Time: 5 p.m. AK, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT.

This event welcomes prospective applicants from underrepresented/disadvantaged backgrounds and allies with the goal to introduce them to University of Washington programs. The goal is to spark interest in UWSOM’s outstanding residency and fellowship programs in preparation for the interview season.

Leaders of UW organizations involved in resident affairs will give you a preview of  residents’ and fellows’ experience and answering some of the most popular questions. There will also be specialty-specific Zoom sessions at the end of the event for you to interact with residents and faculty in the programs that most interest you.

Please RSVP on this form so you can receive the Zoom link close to the date.

Questions? Email Nora Coronado ( or UW NURF leadership (

Career Advising updates:

Take advantage of Residency Application Office Hours with Career Advising

Career Advising is hosting MS4-only Residency Application Office Hours from Aug. 21 through 24 and  Sept. 11 to 14, 2023.

Career advisors will be available to answer your quick questions. In advance, please review the application resources for your application system and the June 30th Residency Planning Season newsletter called Step by Step Through ERAS.

The team looks forward to seeing you!

Have your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or residency application reviewed by Career Advising before application deadlines

Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 are your opportunities before residency application deadlines to have your CV or a PDF of your residency application reviewed by Career Advising. Click this link to register – space is limited.

If you plan to have your residency application reviewed, download a PDF of your application from the application system and upload that document at the time of booking a CV Group Review Session. Note: your residency app should be built from your CV – the experiences listed on your application should be in the same format as they are listed on your CV – use the CV template and resources on our website.

In advance of the session a Career Advisor will review your CV and provide personalized feedback. During the group session, we will address common themes for improvement and answer your questions.

All sessions are virtual and start at 11 a.m. AK, noon PT and 1 p.m. MT. Open to all students. Instructions for how to prepare are given at the time of registration. Register now.

Visit Career Advising’s CV webpage for more information.

First-in-family college grads sought for hourlong interview; $50 gift card incentive

A group of UW medical education researchers would like to interview fourth-year UWSOM medical students who are the first in their family to graduate college (FiF), about their noncurricular activities.

Subjects would participate in an hourlong interview in person or over a video call. Participants will receive a $50 gift card.  If you are interested in participating in this study, please sign up at this link:

For questions, please email the study PI, Alex Garrett, M.D., acting instructor and medical education research fellow, Department of Emergency Medicine, UWSOM.

Reminder: Keep your Service & Activity Tracker up to date

What it is: The Service & Activity Tracker is a place to record, in an ongoing-basis, information on all your extracurricular involvement and service learning/volunteer activities over the course of your four years at UWSOM.

To access the Tracker, go toService & Activity Tracker.

This link can also be found on the UWSOM Intranet and the Service Learning Canvas site.

To access your data:  To find a summary of your activity data, go to this link and click on the Student Service and Activity Tracker box.

The school recommends that you keep your Tracker up-to-date in real time by inputting information each time you participate in an event or activity.

Important information repeated from last week:

ICYMI: Women of Color on Clerkship Virtual Support Group meets Monday, Aug. 21

The next Women of Color on Clerkship Virtual Support Group meeting is Monday, Aug. 21, starting at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. MT.

Here is a message from Satoko Takeda, UWSOM student counselor: I’d like to invite all self-identified women of color, currently on clerkships, to this support group. Clerkships can often be overwhelming, as they require additional physical, mental, and schedule adjustments to deal with issues related to being a BIPOC, female-identifying medical student.

This group is designed to provide a safe space for women of color to connect and support one another in sharing their experiences during clerkship; as well as personal, academic, and social settings. This is an opportunity for you to empower yourself and your fellow women-of-color colleagues.

Benefits of this group include, but are not limited to:

  • Having a safe space to process unease and/or unpleasant emotions and thoughts
  • Receiving and provide supports to yourself and women of-color colleagues
  • Feeling refreshed and empowered to continue your study!

The group meets every third Monday of the month via Zoom. If you have any questions, or if you haven’t received the Zoom link, please contact

ICYMI: What MS4s need to know about the AOA Honor Medical Society’s Fall Senior Election – deadline Aug. 27, 2023!

The Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society Fall ‘Senior’ election will be held in early September. AOA is a national medical honor society in which election is based on a commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. You can learn more about the organization locally on the UW Chapter of AOA website.

MORE INFORMATION: There is a lot to know about election action items, including a deadline of Aug. 27, 2023! Read this post for information about eligibility, applications and deadlines.

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

Have a wonderful week!