MS4 Class Information – April 18, 2024

A Message from Career Advising

Please take 5 minutes to complete the Career Advising Evaluation of Services & Resources survey. Your input helps us continue to provide comprehensive services & resources for all medical students.  

We wish you all the very best in the weeks ahead and we look forward to celebrating with many of you at Physicians Oath & Hooding in May. 

AAMC Graduation Questionnaire Response Rate Update

Our school’s response rate to the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire met the 50% mark this week (vs. 55% nationally). This really is a great achievement thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the survey (The survey link is sent directly to you by AAMC,

We have some specific achievements to highlight: First, Idaho had an 8% increase in the response rate this week, reaching a remarkable rate of 76%!  Second, Montana (at 61%, +7%) and Wyoming (at 60%, +5%) have become eligible for gift card drawings. Congrats to both classes. We also had other campuses making steadfast progress: Alaska (50%, +5%), Spokane (45%, +2%) and Seattle (36%, +1%) [Graph below shows campus-level breakdown]. 

We really value your feedback and appreciate your time. Thank you! 

Image showing survey response rates for each of the WWAMI Foundation sites, in percentages.











Please refer to the table below that specifies how $20 gift cards will be raffled based on the size of each campus-based cohort. We will draw names when the survey closes. It’s important that you keep the receipt issued by AAMC to receive the gift card (or you can forward it to if you would like us to keep it in case your name is drawn). 

Thank you so much for your time and input into the survey! 

  • Sara Kim, Ph.D., Research Professor, Surgery, Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement, 


Campus # of Gift Cards ($20) raffled if Campus Response Rates Reach 60% TOTAL # of $20 Gift Cards if Campus Response Rates Reach 85% If Campus Response Rates Reach 100%
Seattle 11 22 Any unused gift cards will be raffled to the campus cohort(s) reaching 100%
Spokane 7 14
Wyoming 2 4
Alaska 2 4
Montana 3 6
Idaho 4 8

*According to the UW policy, student employees (e.g., tutors, research assistants, hourly workers, etc.) cannot receive a gift card. If you win the raffle as a student employee, we will send alternative items of $20 value from Amazon. 

2024 Pisacano Scholarship – Application Deadline is May 1

Application link: 

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership program is designed to provide educational programs, leadership training, and funding to lower medical-school-related debt. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding medical students for a four-year period. Students who have committed to the field of family medicine and will enter their fourth year in medical school in the fall of 2024 may apply. The PLF will award up to 10 scholarships with a maximum value of $28,000 each for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

The Pisacano Leadership Foundation (PLF) seeks to advance family medicine by providing well-educated, community-minded leaders in primary care. By aiding students who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to family medicine, scholarship, leadership, character, interpersonal skills, and community service, the PLF will promote the development of the future leaders in the specialty. 

If you have questions about the application, please contact Jane Ireland with the American Board of Family Medicine: / 859-287-0948. 

ICYMI: Register by TOMORROW – Friday, April 19, for the Physician’s Oath & Hooding Ceremony

The Physician’s Oath and Hooding Ceremony is the acknowledgment by the School of Medicine of the completion of your medical training. All graduates (including those who are not planning to attend) must complete the registration form so that staff can plan accordingly. Please complete the following form before 11 a.m. AK, noon PT, and 1 p.m. MT on Friday, April 19:

ICYMI: 4-week electives at Mount Sinai Health System; Application Deadline is April 21

Several specialties: Icahn School of Medicine’s Visiting Electives Program for Students Underserved in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Health System to a limited number of qualified fourth-year medical students. The deadline to apply is April 21, 2024. For more information, see their flyer. 

ICYMI: Survey request about pathology

The College of American Pathologists is conducting a 10-minute survey to evaluate medical student interest in pathology. They want to hear from all students who will graduate this spring regardless of your intended medical specialty. Use this link to access detailed information about the study and begin the survey:

ICYMI: Here is a link to the April 11 newsletter for MS4s.

Have a fabulous week!