MS4 Class Information – Feb. 22, 2024

If you haven’t yet, PLEASE take the mandatory Match/SOAP Planning Survey by this Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024

 All graduating 2024 students (including early matches and December 2023 graduates) must fill out the Match/SOAP planning survey before 10:45 p.m. AK, 11:45 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 25, 12:45 a.m. MT on Monday, February 26.

This survey includes an RSVP to the school-hosted Match ceremonies and required SOAP-related questions. Because of the nature of this event, organizers must have an RSVP from everyone so they can accurately account for all yeses and all nos.

The SOAP-related information will only be used in the event you end up needing it.It’s for you, your career advisor, and Student Affairs’ reference only.

The Match information will be used by Student Affairs to send information to sites for their event planning. Reminders will be sent to students who have not completed the survey.

Image featuring a loudspeaker and these words: “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is now open! “ Share your thoughts on: Curriculum Preparation for residency The learning environment Student services and more! Watch for an email invitation from the AAMC inviting you to take this confidential survey! Please also review the letter emailed to you from Dr. Tim Dellit, Dr. Suzanne Allen and your Foundations and Clinical Deans!

Please take the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) survey

The AAMC Graduation Questionnaire is your chance to share your thoughts about:

  • Curriculum
  • Preparation for residency
  • The learning environment
  • Student services
  • and more!

You received an email from the AAMC on Feb. 14 inviting you to take this confidential survey. If you haven’t filled it out, you will receive regular reminders every two weeks. The next reminder will be Feb. 28.

Please also check your email for a letter about the GQ survey from Tim Dellit, M.D., Dean of UWSOM, Suzanne Allen, M.D., Vice Dean of Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, and your Foundations and Clinical deans.

See this FAQ from the email.

Editor’s note: We are repeating several important items from last week to make sure you see them.

 The NRMP Rank List deadline is Feb. 28; consider submitting early

 The rank list deadline closes at 5 p.m. AK, 6 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. MT, on Feb. 28. You must certify and submit your rank list  for it to be considered complete.

Do not wait until the last minute on Feb. 28 to certify and submit your lists. The system has been known to slow down as more people access it, and the time deadline is FIRM so submit early.

Action needed: Please fill out the Release for Public Match Results

The University of Washington considers match results to be private and protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Due to student and faculty requests, the School of Medicine is creating a publicly available Match list which will include the names of matched students, specialties, residency programs, cities and states. Your information will only be included if you choose to opt-in. You can choose to opt in or out at any time before or after Match Day via the following link:

Changes in opt in/out status will take one business day to process (so changes made on Friday would be reflected the following Monday). More information about where the public match list will be located and how to access it will be provided closer to Match Day.

If you don’t want your information shared, please still complete the form stating that you are opting out; IT would like this information to determine future support/development of this report. This helps them determine  if someone is actively choosing not to share their information vs. if someone just forgot to fill out the form.

Match Day timeline and logistics

 Match results are released nationwide at 8 a.m. AK, 9 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. MT. on Friday, March 15. There are five in-person events planned across WWAMI in Anchorage, Boise, Bozeman, Seattle and Spokane. The timing and structure of each site’s event will vary.

After you RSVP via the Match/SOAP planning survey – did we mention the deadline to do that is Feb. 25? — you will be sent more information about your specific site’s event.

Some in-person events may begin after results are released online. Exact times and details are to be confirmed by the event planners:

  • Anchorage: start time – TBD; results released at 8 a.m. AK
  • Boise: start time – 9:30 a.m. MT; results released at 10 a.m. MT
  • Bozeman: start time – 9:30 a.m. MT; results released at 10 a.m. MT
  • Seattle: start time – 8:30 a.m. PT; results released at 9 a.m. PT
  • Spokane: start time – 11 a.m. PT; results released at 9 a.m. PT

Clerkship attendance during SOAP/Match Week

  • Monday, March 11: All fourth-year students who are participating in the Match will be excused from clerkships on Monday, March 11, until 8 a.m. AK, 9 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. MT, to check their match status
  • Unmatched students are excused from rotations for the week to participate in SOAP
  • The Student Affairs office will communicate with the clerkship directors and administrators directly to let them know who is excused from clerkships and who is expected to return to clerkships
  • Friday, March 15: All fourth-year students participating in the Match are excused from clerkships on Friday, March 15, to celebrate Match Day with their friends and families

AAMC & NRMP webinar explains 2024 Match Week and the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP)

AAMC and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will host a joint webinar to introduce residency applicants to the 2024 Match Week and Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) process on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 9 a.m. AK, 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT.

The webinar will cover:

  • NRMP SOAP eligibility requirements
  • Communication rules during SOAP
  • ERAS preparation for SOAP
  • ERAS SOAP requirements
  • ERAS SOAP application process
  • Match week timeline
  • SOAP offer rounds
  • NRMP SOAP data

There will be a Q&A with AAMC ERAS and NRMP staff after the presentation.

Registration is now open.

Also, remember that UWSOM Career Advising provides SOAP resources on their  SOAP website, including the recent UWSOM SOAP Prep recording and slide deck. Check there to learn about support offered by UWSOM during SOAP week. See below for more about those resources.

Financial Aid team suggests a great resource for graduating students

This website from AAMC is a great resource for students who are graduating. It has links and articles for many topics, including money management, what to expect after graduation, the MedLoans Organizer and Calculator (MLOC), Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), repayment plans and more!

Notice for students who are not graduating this May: Consider applying for a curriculum governance committee

The UWSOM Governance Committees are now recruiting student representatives for the Explore and Focus Phase Committee. Students play an important role in continually improving our curriculum. Decisions about the curriculum and your student experience are voted on in these committees.

There are three openings for student members who have completed the Foundations phase. For more information, please see this fact sheet or visit the UW School of Medicine Governance Committee website.

If you’re interested, please complete this survey by Friday, March 1, 2024

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

Have a wonderful week!