MS3 Class Information – March 7, 2024

Schedule now to have your Curriculum Vitae (CV) reviewed by Career Advising

Have your CV reviewed and edited by Career Advising as part of a CV group session. Click this link to register – space is limited.

In advance of the session, a career advisor will review your CV and provide personalized feedback after the session. During the group session, a career advisor will address common themes for improvement and answer your questions.

Career advisors encourage all Foundation students to have a completed CV by the time they start the Patient Care Phase. The advisors encourage all MS3s who haven’t yet updated their CV to begin working on this document now in preparation for residency applications this fall.

All half-hour sessions are virtual and start at 11 a.m. AK, noon PT, 1 p.m. MT. The sessions are open to all students. Instructions for how to prepare are given at the time of registration. Register now.

Here are upcoming sessions:

  • March 22
  • April 5 and 19

Visit Career Advising’s CV webpage for more information.

Radiology oncology opportunity

From time to time, we share opportunities outside of UW Medicine: The American Society for Radiation Oncology is sponsoring a Q&A at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. MT on Tuesday, March 12. Learn more on their website about the ASTRO Medical Student Q&A.

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

Editor’s note: We expect a new Tip of the Month next week.

You’re almost done with the Patient Care Phase! Now that you are sorting through your Explore & Focus (E&F) schedule, double-check that it’s set up with enough time off for Step 2 (about 4 weeks, but some students take 6 to 8 weeks depending on your plan with your designated learning specialist) and residency interviews. Six to eight weeks is preferred.

FYI: Spring C rotation is the last clerkship on the MSPE and this is normal. Summer B is often the last grade on your transcript for your residency application. It’s common for MS4s to have their specialty rotation(s) in the summer quarter, so remember to ask for a Letter of Recommendation (LoR) from your specialty rotation(s). The LoR can be more comprehensive than an MSPE entry. Programs know that specialty rotations are commonly not on the MSPE. Also, you can provide programs with an updated transcript after you submit your residency application if needed!

Ideally, you are narrowing down your career choices to one to two specialties with a secondary specialty until fourth year – if one of the specialties is not family medicine (FM), pediatrics (Peds), pathology or internal medicine (IM).  You can meet with your specialty career advisor to review your initial competitiveness, MS4 electives, and, for a few specialties,away rotation planning, including strategies and programs that might be a good fit for you. If you are applying to an away rotation, work on your VSLO application now!

– Written by Updated by Career Advising Student Advisory BIPOC board member L’Oreal Kennedy. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs

In case you missed it, here is the previous issue of the student newsletter for MS3s.

Have a wonderful week!