MS1 Class Information – June 20, 2024

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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:

Thank you to everyone who helped raise the Spring survey response rate from 70 percent to 73 percent!  We are so grateful for your engagement.

Thanks this week goes to Montana (77 percent) — what a fantastic increase of 23 percentage points over the past week!  The rest of the campus rates have remained the same, Gonzaga (90 percent), Wyoming (90 percent), Seattle (72 percent), Idaho (65 percent), and Alaska (28 percent).  We would love to reach our overall goal of 80 percent.

The customized survey links are emailed directly to you. Please see the incentive breakdown by campus in the table below.

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


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 UW policy, student employees (e.g., tutors, research assistants, hourly workers, etc.) cannot receive gift cards. If you win the raffle as a student employee, we will send alternative items with a $10 value from Amazon.

Please read if you require disability accommodations at clerkship locations

Students who require clerkship location accommodations to manage their personal medical conditions/disabilities must apply for and be approved by the Universitys Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office prior to July 26, 2024. It can take 2-5 weeks, sometimes longer, to be approved for accommodation with DRS, so start the process as soon as possible (and no later than July 12).  Note: “maintaining health insurance coverage” does not qualify as a disability.

  • If you are not currently registered with DRS: Fill out a “new student application” and submit your documentation via the DRS services website. After your application (including medical documentation) is submitted, you will be scheduled for an access planning meeting with a DRS access coordinator.
  • If you are already receiving accommodation through DRS: Please schedule an appointment with Kowan Russell,, if you want to discuss clerkship locations.

Additional information about requesting accommodation is outlined on the UW DRS “Getting Started” website.

We will be publishing this announcement every week through July 25.

Peer to Peer: Tip of the Month from Career Advising

No matter what type of Triple I project you’re doing this summer, it may be possible to share it at a conference– for example, the Western Student and Resident Medical Research Forum (WSMRF) — and/or get it published! This even includes non-traditional research options, like the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) and the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP).    

Let your research mentors know you’re trying to do valuable and presentable work, ideally with some quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., surveys before and after your project or data from community interviews). Presenting your work looks great on a CV! There is a small amount of funding that may be available for travel (keep an eye on this page for updates).   

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

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

Have a fantastic week!