MS1 Class Information – Dec. 7, 2023

Applications open for Triple I: RUOP, GHIP, SoD/SoI  

The deadline for all applications is Jan. 4, 2023. If you are applying for Scholarship of Discovery (SoD) or Integration (SoI) and do not have a mentor/project confirmed yet, please put TBD for those sections.   

Triple I Office Hours 

There are office hours to answer any questions you may have about the programs and applications. Dates and times can be found on Elentra. Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and SoD/SoI representatives will be available at all sessions; Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) representatives will be available at the Dec. 13, 20 and Jan. 4 sessions. If none of these days and times work for you, please email the program contact(s) listed below , and they will be happy to set up an individual meeting with you.  

Global Health Immersion Program: 

Rural Underserved Opportunities 

Important tip for application: Before submitting your application, make sure to click on the “Save and Return Later” button to generate a URL link. This link will allow you to return to your saved application (even after submission) if you need to update your responses before the application closes. Even if you do not think you will make any updates, The Triple I team STRONGLY recommend clicking on the “Save and Return Later” button as Rural Programs staff will be unable to edit your submitted responses or pull up your survey for editing once submitted.   

Scholarship of Discovery and Integration and General Triple I information:   

In an effort to ensure that all students have applied to at least one program, please fill out the ranking survey here, in addition to the program application(s). If applying to more than one program, you will be asked to rank order your preferences.   

Both the Ranking Survey and the Triple I application(s) are required. After submitting your Ranking Survey and Triple I Application(s), please be sure to mark the Triple I Application assignment as “Complete” in Canvas. 

Important reminders: 

If you are planning to apply for GHIP, RUOP, or an external Research Opportunity please be sure to also apply for Scholarship of Integration as a contingency plan (Plan B).   

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to the respective programs and their administrative teams.   

Recording available about Triple I Scholarship of Discovery  

MS2s to MS4s from Seattle, Montana and Idaho talked about their summer research experience in a Medical Research Interest Group panel discussion available to watch here. If you couldn’t make the meeting but are interested in learning more about III SoD from a student’s perspective, the group recorded it so that you can access it at any time.  

The panelists agreed to share their emails in case anyone would like to follow up with them directly.  

  • Shera N Wanner ( found a Triple I project in Seattle through the Triple I research website. She completed pathology and immunology research on COVID-19.  
  • Alexis A Ericsson ( and 16 other RUOP students in Idaho partnered to conduct a clinical research project, studying barriers to healthcare access among rural residents of Idaho.  
  • Kiumars Edalati ( designed his own Triple I research study on spinal surgery patient expectations and outcomes. He partnered with a mentor outside of the UW system to conduct his project.  
  • Devin T Gaskins ( conducted wet lab research on zebra fish for his Triple I project. He went on to do clinical research with burn surgery patients during a research year between MS3 and MS4.  

ICYMI: 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.

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

Winter break is a great time for some early specialty exploration. Did you get a chance to take the specialty assessment we suggested last month? If so, now you can check out the AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) Specialties Profiles and see things like the five most frequently encountered conditions for each specialty. 

To explore specialties even further, go to Career Advising’s Career and Specialty Exploration podcasts and videos. Having this data will be super helpful for when Career Advisors begin meeting with your class starting in January!    

  • 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!