MS1 Class Information – Sept. 14, 2023

Harvard hosts summer program about clinical/translational research

Harvard Medical School hosts a summer program that is designed to enrich medical students’ interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics including health equity and career development.

Get more information about the program at the Harvard website. For an application link, email

ICYMI: Career Advising Office Hours update

Until Oct. 3, the career advisors are very busy in 1-1 meetings with MS4s and prepping for fall advising. Career advisors are not able to meet with other students during this time. If you have an urgent question or issue, please email and a career advisor will try to get back to you within five days. The team thanks you for your patience and understanding

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

We hope you are enjoying finishing your first block! You may have been thinking about getting involved in shadowing, research, and interest groups, but it is still early; take your time so you don’t overcommit. Instead, prepare for Infections & Immunity (I&I) and just as before, it will be a lot of content very quickly. Planning is ideal.

The micro section of Sketchy is going to be a very valuable resource. Try to map out which videos you will need to watch daily or weekly.

Some students start taking Pathways electives, and this can be a great way to gain a well-rounded medical education. Check out the FAMED 525 African American Health Disparities course which will be available to all WWAMI students on Zoom and in person, offered every Autumn quarter. This course has been revamped by the co-founders (E19 students) of the Black Health Justice Pathway and will be the first course at UWSOM to discuss various topics such as abolition, community organizing, mental health, the history of Midwifery & Ob/Gyn in the U.S., and mass incarceration — with experts from the Black community in, and outside of, academia.

  • 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 MS1s.

Have a wonderful week!