MS2 Class Information – Nov. 30, 2023

If you haven’t already, please take the AAMC Y2Q survey

A message from Gabe Sarah, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement: MS2 students, thank you for helping raise our response rate from 24 percent at the end of October to 38 percent. We are 11 percentage points above the national average of 27 percent!

The graph below shows a regional breakdown: Idaho: 49 percent (up 17 percentage points), followed by Montana: 48 percent (up 10 percentage points), Seattle: 41 percent (up 24 percentage points), Wyoming: 40 percent (up 10 percentage points), Alaska: 32 percent (up 6 percentage points), and Spokane: 23 percent (up 3 percentage points). We appreciate each and every one of you who contributed to the survey, especially the large number of Seattle students who made a 24 percentage point leap!

The survey will close in five weeks. The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) emails the survey directly to you. Please find it in your inbox if you haven’t yet completed it.

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We are happy to provide the following incentives for raffles. We will ask for the survey completion receipt that AAMC emails you if your name is drawn.

  • 3 wireless phone chargers ($20 worth)
  • 2 wireless earbuds ($50 worth)
  • 2 wireless mice ($35 worth)
  • 5 insulated Thermos travel coffee mugs ($20 worth)

Thank you all for your time!

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

You’re almost done with the classroom portion of medical school! During this last bit of pre-clinical med school, continue going to interest group events, volunteering, and doing other extracurriculars. If you haven’t gotten to shadow some of the specialties that you wanted, get them done before the end of the year. Life is busy during clerkships, so these things are harder to do. Of course, prioritize your blocks first, and don’t spread yourself too thin. 😊

  • 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!