peer mentoring opportunity

The Medical Student Equity Services team in the Office of Student Affairs is seeking to hire 10-12 student peer mentors / facilitators to support students throughout the week of the 2024 UWSOM Pre-Matriculation Program. We are offering a $1,000 stipend* to each selected student.

Hosted by the Office for Academic, Rural, and Regional Affairs, the Pre-Matriculation Program (PMP) is an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) program that occurs prior to orientation, designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and social skills of entering students from culturally, economically, educationally, and environmentally underrepresented / under-resourced backgrounds as they enter the MD program in the School of Medicine.

This year’s program will be held virtually from June 24-28, 2024. Sessions will run each day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. There will also be some planning meeting scheduled in May to June. The total estimated time commitment for peer mentors is about 50 hours.

Click here or go to to access the application. We are looking to accept applications through May 17, 2024. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Nucci, MPH, Operations Specialist, Medical Student Equity Services, at

Who are we looking for?

  • Currently a UW medical student in good standing who will be enrolled again next academic year (AY24-25).
  • Strong academic and equity-minded backgrounds with time management and organizational skills.
  • Desire to help entering students explore and apply the student success skills needed as an incoming medical student.
  • Knowledge of the academic success, student services, and equity resources available to UWSOM medical students.
  • Personable communicators who can demonstrate cultural humility and convey complex information with clarity.
  • Enthusiastic students who can create safe spaces for students to reflect on previous experiences and develop an asset-based approach for the transition to medical school.

What will I be asked to do?

  • Meet virtually from May – June as needed to plan assignments for the program.
  • Attend and / or lead all assigned sessions including:
    • Facilitate daily TBL/PBL sessions using curriculum developed by a faculty lead.
    • Support instructor and facilitate small groups during academic skills workshops each afternoon.
    • Serve on panels for end-of-day wellness and community building sessions.
  • Share your expertise and skills with ambitious student learners.
  • Gain valuable experience with individual tutoring and small group instruction.
  • Develop and enhance public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Develop relationships with entering diverse students from across the WWAMI and foster a built-in cohort of incoming students ready for orientation.

* NOTE: For transparency purposes, as in previous years, the stipend is considered by UW to be like a scholarship (non-taxed), and therefore must be reported to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Unfortunately, our office has no wiggle room on this.

If you are selected as a PMP mentor and receive financial aid through UW, the stipend will be applied as awarded scholarship and reduces the allocation of other awarded aid (e.g., federal student loans) by an amount equivalent to the stipend. You won’t lose any financial aid awarded but won’t gain any either.



Erik D. Malmberg, Ph.D., J.D. (EH-rihk MALM-berg)

Assistant Dean for Equity and Medical Student Engagement 

Associate Teaching Professor, Family Medicine

University of Washington School of Medicine

Health Sciences Building, Room A-300

1705 NE Pacific Street | Box 356340 | Seattle, WA 98195
Pronouns | He, Him, His