MS3 Class Information – Jan. 18, 2024

Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can apply for new program

The UW Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is seeking applications from highly motivated and economically disadvantaged students who are interested in helping their community and supporting their career development. The program aligns best with first- and third-year medical students. The program is two years. Stipends are included. Applications are being taken now for this winter.

HCOP Ambassadors is a two-year interprofessional program that includes:

  • Educational Enrichment: learning about topics such as social determinants of health, health equity, health disparities and current and emerging health issues
  • Career Development: Networking with other students and healthcare professionals

Program requirements:

  • Peer- to near-peer mentoring of high school and undergraduate students aspiring to health careers
  • Complete elective clinical training
  • Completion of asynchronous modules on health equity issues
  • Service-learning engagement with community organizations (can be combined with Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) requirement)

Please see this flyer for information about requirements and benefits which include a monetary stipend for participation. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2024.

To be eligible, student should be:

  • Economically disadvantaged as defined by Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) (See pages 3-4 of this PDF), or,
  • Educationally disadvantaged:
    • First in your family to go to college, or,
    • Graduated from a high school with low funding or low percentages of seniors receiving a high school diploma or low number of graduates who went on to college, or,
    • Went to a high school with a large number of students who received free or reduced lunches

Resources regarding away rotations material are available

Career Advising has posted the Away Rotations Planning Session recording at the top of the away rotations website. You can also access the recording directly from this link.

Remember there are two more important sessions for learning about away rotations:

  • SOM Registration & Curriculum session; Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5 p.m. AK, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT (recorded)
  • AAMC’s VSLO Student Webinar; Thursday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. AK, 4 p.m. PT, 5 p.m. MT. AAMC will email registration information to you

Please contact Career Advising if you have questions,

More resources:

Step 2 CK webinar is now available online

Academic Support’s Jan. 10 webinar about Step 2 CK covered many important topics, including:

  • Step 2 CK registration
  • UWSOM and National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) timelines and deadlines
  • Disability Resources for Students (DRS) and NBME accommodations
  • Study resources for Step 2 CK

And much more. You can find the talk and presentation slides here.

Find more information about Step 2 study plans here.

You can set up meetings with Academic Support through this link.

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

We hope you had a restful winter break! With the new year, it may be helpful to take stock of where you are and where you are going.

Complete AAMC CiM’s Specialty Indecision Scale as part of your process for continuing to narrow down to two specialties of interest (with different levels of competitiveness) by Spring if possible.

If your specialty recommends away rotations, now is the time to review how away rotations work, finish updating your CV, and start your VSLO application components, including gathering a letter of recommendation. The UWSOM Registration Team has put together a great compilation of resources regarding away rotations on their website. Many programs offer scholarships so be sure to look at the websites of programs you are interested in, particularly their GME or Justice/Equity/Diversity/Inclusion department site. Also, the AAMC lists URiM Opportunities for Visiting Students, and there’s a separate site called Funded Away Rotations for Minority Medical Students (FARMS) Database.

– Written by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy.

In case you missed it, here is the previous issue of the student newsletter for MS3s.

Have a wonderful week!