MS1 Class Information – May 9, 2024


For a mobile-friendly version of these infographics, please find a Word version here.

Please take the survey that comes Monday. You help the school and have a chance to win prizes.

Here is a message from Sara Kim, Ph.D., research professor, surgery, associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement (EQI): On behalf of Academic and Regional Affairs, the EQI unit is launching the 2024 Spring survey across the entire student body beginning with your class.

As described in the infographic above, your input is critically important for the school to continuously improve your educational experiences. The document includes examples of improvements made based on the past students’ feedback.

On Monday, May 13, you will receive a survey link from that is customized to you. The 21-item survey takes about 7-10 minutes to complete.

We’re raffling $10 Tango gift cards as an incentive for your participation (see the table below).

Thank you for your time and valuable input.

Your voice matters!

Campus # of Gift Cards ($10) if Campus Response Rates Reach 60% Additional # of Gift Cards ($10) if Campus Response Rates Reach 85% If Campus Response Rates Reach 100%
Seattle 15 10 Any unused gift cards will be raffled to the campus cohort(s) reaching 100%
Spokane 9 6
Wyoming 3 2
Alaska 3 2
Montana 5 3
Idaho 6 4

*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 $10 value from Amazon.



ICYMI: Please make sure you met with a career advisor

Here is a final friendly reminder for any MS1s who have not yet met with your career advisor to schedule your meeting before you leave for the summer. Schedule your meeting here: Appointments.

Peer to Peer: Tip of the Month from Career Advising

If you’re leaning toward a specialty (or a couple of them) and have already met with Career Advising, review when you can meet with your specialty career advisor (SCA). You can follow the guidance provided in the Specialty Guides which you can find on this page.

Many of you won’t need to connect with them until after starting your clinical phase. For other students, it can be great to get on the SCA’s radar early; make sure you read the Specialty Guide first and bring specific questions. Use the Guidelines for Connecting with SCA website to prepare for your meeting. Be ready to share your summer plans with them and ask if they have suggestions, such as presenting your summer project at a specific conference, extra shadowing, volunteering, etc.

  • Reviewed by BIPOC student Abraham Correa-Medina. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs, M.D.

ICYMI: Here is a link to the most recent newsletter for MS1s.

Have a fantastic week!