MS2 Class Information – June 20, 2024

MS2s rising to MS3: Get ready for Explore and Focus Phase

Join Career Advising for a preview of 4th-year career planning steps that are coming up in the next several months. After this session, you will:

  • Know how to prepare for Explore & Focus Phase planning decisions and tasks
  • Understand the basics of Away Rotations
  • Be reminded of the importance of parallel planning and risk mitigation​ strategies for your residency application and match
  • Know what to be doing now in preparation for Away Rotation and residency applications
  • Walk away with resources and tools to support you in your planning

Road to Residency: Early Planning for the Explore & Focus Phase​

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Your voice matters: Participate in the 2024 EQI student survey

A message from Sara Kim, PhD, research professor, surgery, and associate dean for Educational Quality Improvement (EQI): I hope your training is going well! On behalf of Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, the EQI unit is launching the 2024 student survey across the entire student body. Emails with customized survey links were emailed to you on Tuesday, June 18. It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out the survey.

Your input is critically important for the school to continuously improve your educational experiences as illustrated in the examples in the graphics above.

We’re raffling $10 Tango gift cards to incentivize your participation. See the table below for how sites can become eligible.

Please note that this survey is different from the survey the Student Committee on Healthcare Access (SCoHA) student leaders are administering. They would be very grateful if you could also complete their brief survey.

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.

Peer to peer: Road to Residency Tip of the Month

While on rotations, try to secure at least one letter for your residency application. If an attending offers to write you a letter, take them up on it! If they don’t offer one naturally, but you connect with them and do well on the rotation, ask if they can write you a strong letter of recommendation. Away rotation applications also often require letters, so stay in touch with these letter writers! Here’s some more info from Career Advising on letters of recommendation.

Edited by BIPOC MS3 Abraham Correa-Medina. Originally written by BIPOC alum Shanelle Briggs, MD.

ICYMI: Here is a link to the most recent newsletter for MS2s.

Have an amazing week!