MS2 Class Information – Jan. 4, 2024

Update about the AAMC survey

A message from Gabe Sarah, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Sara Kim, Ph.D., associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement:

Our Y2Q survey response rate last month was 44 percent, an increase of 4 percentage points over the past week and we continue to exceed the national average of 39 percent. We continue to be grateful to those of you who carved out the time to complete the survey. Thank you.

Almost all campus response rates increased before winter break: Seattle (44 percent vs. 42 percent), Spokane (32 percent vs. 28 percent), Wyoming (45 percent vs. 40 percent), Montana (55 percent vs. 48 percent), and Idaho (59 percent vs. 54 percent).  Alaska remains at 32 percent. If you have not taken the survey, we ask you to consider spending a bit of time doing so. The second-year benchmarks really help with our continuous quality improvement endeavors.

AAMC emailed the survey link directly to you.

We are happy to provide the following incentives for raffles. We will ask for the survey completion receipt if your name is drawn, so please save that.

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

Thank you all for your time!

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

We hope you had a restful winter break! We know you’re focused on Step 1 studying now, so lean into that and put specialty and career planning on hold. Make sure you have a weekly schedule with at least one full day off. Folks usually study for 10 hours daily, but do what is best for you! ‘ 

Since Step 1 is now pass/fail, consider taking the exam once you are achieving comfortable passing scores consistently in UWorld and on NBME’s. It is normal to score under 50 percent when starting UWorld, so don’t let this discourage you! Once you take the exam, use the rest of your break to relax and do the things you love, This can give you the reset you need before heading into clerkships. Good luck everyone!

  • 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!