MS3 Class Information – Feb. 1, 2024

Deadline for swap/trade is Wednesday, Feb. 7

Here’s a reminder that the deadline to submit swap/trade requests for Patient Care clerkships scheduled for Spring 2024-Winter 2025 is Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. MT.

You must complete BOTH steps to request a change to your Patient Care schedule:

STEP 1: Review your schedule, decide what you have interest in changing and locate another student willing to swap/trade. FERPA prohibits us from releasing any student’s schedule to other students, so your classmates coordinate this. Note that completing this step does not officially change your schedule. You must also complete Step 2.

STEP 2: You and the other student requesting the swap/trade must EACH submit a PCP Swap/Trade Request Form created by Registration. Only then have you officially requested a swap/trade.

Patient Care changes after swap/trade ends are only made with the approval of a Student Affairs dean for an extenuating circumstance out of your control (e.g., illness or personal/family emergency). Note that approved schedule changes are subject to availability and may result in rotation drops and/or a delay in graduation.  You must meet with a Student Affairs Dean to obtain approval.

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

Editor’s note: We expect a new tip next week.

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!