MS4 Class Information – Feb. 8, 2024

Women of Color on Clerkship Support Group meets Monday

The Women of Color on Clerkship Support Group meets online Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, starting at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. MT. This group offers all self-identified women of color, currently on clerkships, a safe space to connect and support one another in sharing their experiences during clerkships and in personal, academic, and social settings. For more information, contact Student Counselor Satoko Takeda.

Recording from the Feb. 2 SOAP prep presentation is now available

The recording from the UWSOM Feb. 2 SOAP Prep Session is now available.

If you didn’t receive the number of interviews you had aimed for and/or your specialty career advisor is recommending that you be prepared for the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP), this presentation will be helpful in learning how the SOAP process works.

In this session, hosted by the specialty career advisors in surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, along with the career advisors and the Student Affairs team, students heard key takeaways from their school support network. Students in the past have told us how helpful this session was for them.

Paying it forward: 2024 Programs Survey

Many of you have benefited from Career Advising’s resources. Consider supporting future students by completing the Paying it Forward – Programs Survey.

  • Students regularly ask Career Advising for UWSOM data and many told us how much they benefited from the UW Residency Interviews & Match Data shared with you when you were creating your program lists.
  • Your input will strengthen UWSOM data to provide evidence-based, specialty-specific advising for future students.
  • As you now know, it is a challenge to determine the number of program applications required to ascertain the ideal range of interviews and the competitiveness level of different programs. Your answers will identify patterns and insights to assist future students interested in your specialty.

NOTE: This is always optional and not required. Your data will only be shared in aggregate, without student identifiers.

Consider helping with a study of professional identity formation that could help improve curriculum

MS4s, have you been thinking about your professional journey?  Researchers would love your feedback on a new framework for professional identity formation in a 45-minute or so Zoom focus group with a non-UW facilitator. The study of how medical students come to think, feel, and act like a physician is being conducted by Jennifer Quaintance, Ph.D., a University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine faculty member, and Maya Sardesai, M.D., UWSOM assistant dean for student development.

Researchers hope their findings will help future curriculum design. If you are interested, please email Dr. Quaintance at for more information.  

Consider participating in a study of student comfort with disclosure of specialty choice to faculty

A faculty member and medical students at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), are seeking responses from medical students who have completed their core clinical requirements and are in the final phase of their degree program.

“What specialty do you want to match into?” This is a common question for medical students and one for which there is a varying level of comfort in answering. UNR researchers seek to better understand the feelings students have when asked this question, their comfort with answering it and the factors that may impact that comfort.

By better understanding this, researchers say they hope to improve the learning environment and allow for a more open and honest discussion of specialty choice for medical students. Survey link:

Home financing workshop is Feb. 20, 2024

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is sponsoring a webinar on Feb. 20, 2024, “Home Financing for Medical Students and Residents,” at 9 a.m. AK, 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT. The webinar will be about ways to find the best home financing for graduating medical students and residents, with information about what mortgage loans are available for doctors (including special no money down home loans) and budgeting for a home purchase.

Learn more and register at this link.

In case you missed it, here is the previous newsletter for MS4s.

Have a wonderful week!