MS1 Class Information – Nov. 30, 2023

MS1s sought for the educational quality improvement strategic planning committee

The Educational Quality Improvement Strategic Planning (EQISP) Committee is recruiting two first-year students to serve as members of the committee. The EQISP Committee is charged with ensuring that UWSOM meets its educational goals for medical student programs and achieves excellence and innovation in our learning programs. This translates to tracking metrics to meet our strategic plan goals and monitoring accreditation standards and areas in need of improvement, thus providing guidance and recommendations to school leadership on improvements to our programs.

Service on the EQISP Committee requires a commitment to the advancement of medical education and an interest in and commitment to continuous quality improvement. This is an excellent opportunity to have a voice and make an impact in the school.

Learn more about this opportunity in this post.

Deadline to apply for pilot Pathway for Clinical and Translational Research is tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 1

UWSOM is piloting a new pathway for Clinical and Translational Research.

The non-clinical electives will take place synchronously starting at 5:30 p.m. AK, 6:30 p.m. PT and 7:30 p.m. MT on Wednesday evenings throughout Winter and Spring quarters of this academic year and Autumn quarter of your second year.

These may be either in-person or via Zoom depending upon the number and the location of Pathway participants.

Depending on the number of students accepted into the Pathway, there may be opportunities for other weekday evening times, so please consider applying even if you have a conflict with Wednesday evenings.

Please contact Aric Lane, Pathway administrator, or Mark Whipple, M.D., Pathway director, for any questions that aren’t answered on the website.

Summer opportunity for aging research in North Carolina

Apply for the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill Medical Students Training in Aging Research program by Jan. 22, 2024. The UNC-CH MSTAR program will provide medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics during the summer of 2024.

Medical students who are members of groups underrepresented among medical researchers will be key in addressing health disparities for older adults. Therefore, students who are members of underrepresented ethnic or racial groups, students with disabilities, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

First-year medical students in good academic standing are eligible to apply if they have eight weeks during summer block available to dedicate to research in Chapel Hill, N.C. MS2s, MS3s, or those conducting a gap medical research year who can meet the same availability may also be eligible.

Interested students should email for more information.

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

Now that you’re getting used to medical school, use your AAMC account to take this fun assessment to see what specialties you might fit well in. Let your results help guide your summer research, shadowing, etc.

If you enjoy this one, the AAMC has other assessments (specialties based on values, personality, skills) that you can take here.

  • 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!