MS3 Class Information – Nov. 9, 2023

Please complete data stewardship training by Wednesday, Nov. 15

UW Medicine and the UW School of Medicine require all medical students to learn how to properly safeguard confidential information and comply with standards for personal accountability for data stewardship.

Please complete the UW Privacy, Confidentiality, and Information Security Agreement PCISA requirement in the To-Do List of your UW71 Castlebranch account [].

This applies to all students, including concurrent degree/MSTP students and students on a leave of absence.

Castlebranch will provide prompts to meet the UW Medicine Data Stewardship requirements. For further details, see an email distributed on the administrative Listservs on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Be sure to upload the signed form to your UW71 CastleBranch Compliance Tracker by Nov. 15. Make sure your UW Student ID Number is on the form. Please monitor your submission to make sure it is approved.

If you have follow-up questions on how to encrypt your devices, please reference the following UW Medicine ITS Security webpage at or email UWSOM Academic and Learning Technologies at

Good news for next year: AAMC fee assistance program will expand to include 60 percent ERAS discount

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has decided to extend their AAMC Fee Assistance Program to residency applicants using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Beginning with the 2024-2025 ERAS application season, the program will expand to include residency applicants who were previously approved for the Fee Assistance Program benefits during their medical school application process. These qualifying applicants will automatically receive a 60 percent fee discount on up to 50 ERAS applications, which AAMC says will significantly alleviate the financial burden associated with the application process.

To learn much more, see this report on the AAMC website.

Clinical research summer externship available

The Robert A. Winn Clinical Investigator Pathway Program (Winn CIPP) for medical students is designed to increase diversity in clinical trials and transform the clinical research landscape.

Winn CIPP is a 6-week intensive and immersive summer service-learning externship that provides medical students who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) and/or from a disadvantaged background with opportunities to experience and participate in clinical research conducted in community-based clinical research settings.

There are several programs around the country. To learn much more about this opportunity, visit the Winn Awards website. Apply by Jan. 8, 2024. 

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

As you know, third year is busy! Something you can do to thank your future self is to update your CV whenever you have some downtime (e.g., month off, “chill” rotation). Having a solid CV is necessary for Away rotation applications that you’ll be preparing in the Winter for applying in the Spring. You’ll use this info almost word-for-word in ERAS when you’re applying.

Check out the CV page for videos and the CV template. As you are mapping out fourth year, use the Clinical Phase Planning Worksheet from Career Advising’s 4th Year Career Planning webpage. Then be sure to meet with your career advisor in November and December to go over specialty choice(s), if Away rotations are expected/suggested, and discuss Visting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) – so you can start looking at away rotations and scholarships over winter break!!!

Read the Specialty Guides for your specialties and use the Course Catalog to see which Sub-Is, APCs, and electives you might want to take in fourth year.

  • 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 the previous issue of the student newsletter for MS3s.

Have a wonderful week!