MS2 Class Information – Oct. 5, 2023

Patient Care Preferencing continues with a new deadline

Patient Care preferencing for clerkships offered Spring 2024-Winter 2025 continues until Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 at 3 p.m. AK, 4 p.m. PT, 5 p.m. MT. This is an extension of the original deadline to give you more time during a busy exam week.

As a result Registration Office hours are cancelled for tonight, Thursday, Oct. 5, but a new session has been added for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, 5 p.m. AK, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT.

Check the Patient Care Scheduling section here for all the details, including how to make preferences using EVOS, the preferencing system.

Your chance is coming to give feedback through surveys

Here is a message from Gabe Sarah, M.D, associate dean for student affairs and Sara Kim, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement: We would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the MS1 survey you completed this spring and introduce two upcoming surveys.

The Educational Quality Improvement Unit is finalizing a summary that synthesizes student responses to the surveys administered between March and June of this year. Your class recorded the highest response rate of 77 percent; we thank you for your time and candid input.

You probably received an email from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) about the Y2Q (Year-2-Questionnaire) survey that closes in mid-December. This survey is distributed to all second-year medical students across the country. AAMC publishes the national benchmark data, which helps us establish continuous quality improvement goals. Thank you for considering taking this national survey. Please save the receipt of survey completion in case you win the survey incentive.

Towards the end of this month, we will be asking you to complete a five-minute internal survey in areas where we are cited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education – a national body overseeing medical school accreditation.  We will get back to you with more information.

Survey incentives for both the AAMC and internal surveys are being finalized and we will communicate more as soon as we have the full list of incentives.

We deeply appreciate your contribution to improving the quality of our educational program.

Melanoma Research Foundation offers research grants

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is offering 1-year, $3,000 grants to promote research opportunities to medical students early in their careers by funding clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on a better understanding of the prevention, early detection and behaviors that impact melanoma risk, biology, and treatment of melanoma, including cutaneous, ocular, mucosal, pediatric, etc. Applications for 2024 grants will be accepted until Nov. 15, 2023. You can learn much more on the Research Grant RFP page or by emailing

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

This month, we want to share an opportunity for career exploration and mentorship!

UWSOM’s Alumni Association invites you to participate in Student-Alumni Informational Discussions (SAID). It’s your chance to connect with alumni and a small group of fellow students over Zoom or in person. They have a lot of available sessions in a wide range of specialties and career topics for you to join. Register today here.

  • 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!