MS2 Class Information – Dec. 14, 2023

Please consider taking the AAMC survey soon

A message from Gabe Sarah, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement: Thank you to those who took the time to complete the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Year-2-Questionnaire (Y2Q). Given that the survey will close early January, we ask other students to consider completing the survey so we can meet our aspired rate of 65 percent. AAMC emails the survey link directly to you. The survey findings help the school benchmark many important areas of the medical education program based on the national ratings.

Our response rate is now 40 percent (+2 percentage points from Nov. 28), continuing to exceed the national average of 35 percent. This increase is largely thanks to students in Seattle (42 percent vs. 41), Spokane (28 percent vs. 23), and Idaho (54 percent vs. 49). The responses of other campuses remained the same over the past two weeks. The range of response rates across campuses is 28 percent in Spokane to 54 percent in Idaho.

We are happy to provide the following incentives for raffles. We will ask for the survey completion receipt 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!

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

Studying for Step 1 can feel demoralizing at times and very stressful. Here are some tips on maintaining wellness through Step 1 dedicated: 

  • Take one day off a week. It’s helpful to physically go somewhere that is not your home/study space 
  • Try restarting a hobby or visiting with friends once a week 
  • Use academic support services ( If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or scores aren’t improving for a while, etc., meet with them to re-evaluate your plan.  

There is no perfect study plan, and you’ll have to be adaptable, so just go into it with an open mind. Remember that scoring low in the beginning is very common and not unexpected. Keep going! 😊

  • 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 two weeks!