MS3 Class Information – Jan. 25, 2024

Open Scheduling for E&F begins today, Jan. 25, 2024

Open Scheduling – the process of adjusting your Explore & Focus (E&F) schedule by adding or dropping courses – has begun for students taking E&F courses that start March 25 or later.

Check your inbox for an email from sent today, Thursday, January 25, for important details about how to request schedule changes.


Drop/add: Requests to drop or add a course MUST ARRIVE BY 11 a.m. AK, noon PT, 1 p.m. MT, on the Friday that is six weeks before a course is scheduled to start. Requests must be submitted via the Schedule Change Request form.    

Late drop/add: Course drops or adds six weeks or less before the official start date of an E&F course require permission from the department clerkship administrator.  Permission must be forwarded to UWSOM registration. A Schedule Change Request form must also be completed.    

Courses cannot be retroactively added after the official start date of the course.

Away rotations webinar is Jan. 30

About to start your E&F phase? Interested in learning about away electives? Not sure what you need to do to find one, apply for it, and get credit towards your M.D.?

Join us at the Away Rotations Webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at 5 p.m. AK, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT.

Check your inbox for an email from sent on January 23 for the invite and Zoom link.

ICYMI: Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can apply for new program

The UW Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) seeks 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

Otolaryngology opportunity

From time to time, we share opportunities outside of UW Medicine. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City’s Department of Otolaryngology is offering paid research fellowships for medical students interested in a scholarly year. The deadline to apply for one of four spots is March 20, 2024. Learn more on the fellowship’s website.

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

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!