MS3 Class Information – May 30, 2024

Submit your draft personal statement to Career Advising for review

Career Advising’s personal statement review process is now open. Students may upload one personal statement for review using this Microsoft form. Your submission must be 660 words or less, as this is the approximate word count to have essays fit on 1-page in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Note: Some specialties encourage even shorter statements; check with your specialty career advisor for guidance.

Personal statements may be submitted through July 31, 2024.

  1. Prior to submission, please ask one or two physicians in your specialty to review your statement. Incorporate their feedback.
  2. Due to the number of students who use this service, your career advisor will only be able to review one draft, even if you are dual applying.
  3. Personal statements must be submitted by July 31, 2024. Career advisors will not review personal statements submitted after this date.

Reminder to activate your TexasSTAR access by June 7

A few weeks ago, you received your personal invitation to access TexasSTAR, a national data resource used to demystify the residency application process. Your access email expires on June 7, so please activate right away. You can review the instructions here.

As always, if you have questions, please reach out to Career Advising via an appointment or office hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. AK, noon PT, 1 p.m. MT.

Opportunities outside UW Medicine

Residences and Fellowships: University of California, Riverside, is offering a Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Open House for Graduate Medical Education (GME) Applicants on July 18. Get more information about the open house and their programs through this flyer.

Peer to peer: Road to Residency Tip of the Month

Now can be a great time to start brainstorming ideas for your personal statement using the Personal Statement Worksheet. It is nice to have your personal statement started early so you know your narrative well when asked about it on your rotations in your desired field. You’ll also be able to give the statement to your letter of recommendation writers, so they get to know you better. They may even offer feedback! Of course, you’ll add more to the personal statement after your summer rotations, but you can get started on it now using the Career Advising resources. 

  • Reviewed by BIPOC students L’Oreal Kennedy, MD, & Abraham Correa-Medina. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs, MD.

ICYMI: Here is a link to the most recent newsletter for MS3s.

Have a fantastic week!