MS1 Class Information – Feb. 22, 2024

ICYMI: Explore specialties though this AAMC webinar

The AAMC Virtual Specialty Forum, hosted by its Careers in Medicine (CiM) program, is Thursday, March 28, 2024. The three-hour session starts at 9 a.m. AK, 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT.

For: First- and second-year medical students early in their specialty exploration.

Cost: Free!

Participating specialties: Allergy and immunology, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, hematology, hospice and palliative medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine, internal medicine-pediatrics, medical genetics, neurological surgery, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, preventive medicine, psychiatry, radiology and urology.

Event description: This annual event works to provide equitable access to specialty exposure, where medical students can view resources, chat with residents, specialty representatives, and AAMC staff and attend a live presentation and Q&A with physicians about their specialty choice.

Information and recordings will be offered to students who are unable to attend during the scheduled time. Register now for this great opportunity to learn about specialties.

ICYMI: Disadvantaged students can apply by March 1 for new program to explore health care for the underserved

If you come from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background, a new grant-funded elective program at UWSOM that starts in March can both help you learn about important topics such as health equity and emerging healthcare issues AND provide a stipend. You will help the community as you learn and engage.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded UW Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is seeking applications from students in clinical healthcare professions (medicine, MEDEX, physical therapy and occupational therapy (PT/OT), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), pharmacy, dentistry and social work) who are interested in rural and underserved care, helping their community and supporting their career development. The 2024-2025 HCOP Ambassadors program is 1.5 years with a $1,000 stipend for completion of the program.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Mar 1, 2024.

HCOP Ambassadors is an 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
  • Completion of an elective clinical training
  • Completion of asynchronous modules on health equity issues
  • Service-learning engagement with community organizations (for medical students, this can be combined with the Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) requirement)

Please see this flyer for information about requirements and benefits.

To be eligible, a 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

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

Cardiovascular System (CVS) can be a demanding block. This month’s tip is to remember that all the physicians teaching and mentoring you at this stage are possible resources — even beyond the classroom. Get to know your small group leads. You can always ask them about what their specialty is like and how they decided on a specialty when they were in your shoes!

  • Reviewed by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs, M.D.

In case you missed it, here is a link to the previous newsletter for MS1s.

Have a wonderful week!