MS2 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: AMBOSS discount offer expires TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 14

UWSOM has partnered with AMBOSS to offer a UW student discount. To purchase your subscription to AMBOSS, use this link. You will be provided with a discounted rate of 20 percent on a 6-month or 1-year subscription (or for the duration of your student role, if you choose).

Please note, this discount expires TODAY, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. You can purchase it now and activate it at any time within the next six months. If you miss this opportunity, you may not have another opportunity to purchase discounted AMBOSS subscriptions this academic year.

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

Welcome back! Mind, Brain and Behavior (MBB) is a rigorous block, so make sure this is your main focus. In the background, especially if you didn’t have time over the summer, try to sprinkle in some Step 1 prep this fall. A good option is to get through as much Sketchy pharm and micro with Anki as you can.

I (Shanelle Briggs) know Step 1 is pass/fail, but as someone who just took Step 2, I can say that a lot carries over, and you’ll thank yourself for taking Step 1, seriously 😊. Knowing Sketchy will also set you up for success on rotations, as you’ll get asked these questions in person and on the shelf exams!

  • 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!