MS2 Class Information – Aug. 31, 2023

Information for Seattle-based students about physician shadowing

Students interested in extracurricular clinical experiences – shadowing – at UW Medical Center-Montlake (UWMC-Montlake) may work directly with a physician. You do not have to check in with Students Affairs and the UWMC-Montlake Medical Director’s office.

Students interested in shadowing at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) must notify the Medical Director’s Office of shadowing done at HMC. Please include your full name, the academic year, physician supervisor/sponsor, and shadowing dates when notifying the HMC Medical Director’s office.

How to find a physician to shadow? Students must find physicians on their own through the various departments. Every department has a medical student program office that can be asked about availability of faculty.

Please remember to wear your badge while you are shadowing.

Please visit this website for more information about setting up shadowing experiences. The site also has information about other locations in WWAMI.

If you have questions about shadowing, please email

Tip of the Month” from the Career Advising Student Advisory Board

Consider setting up shadowing or research (even short case reports) within the specialties that you might like. Step 1 dedicated and clinical rotations come quickly, and you won’t have much time for these things once they start.

Use your AAMC CIM interest assessment as a launch for shadowing, especially if you are interested in specialties outside the third-year core clerkships

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

In case you missed it, here is a link to the previous newsletter for MS2s.

Have a wonderful week!