MS2 Class Information – June 27, 2024

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 survey response rate from 73 percent to 81 percent!  This is such a wonderful accomplishment.

Alaska students lifted the response rate by 30 percentage points to reach 58 percent!  Seattle became the fourth campus to exceed 80 percent (86 percent), followed by Montana (83 percent) and Idaho (68 percent) with an increase of 3 percentage points. Spokane (90 percent) and Wyoming (90 percent) have remained the same.

We will keep the survey open for another couple of weeks to help Alaska and Idaho classes reach the school’s goal. The customized survey link is emailed to you directly.

Please see the incentive breakdown by campus in the table below.

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.

Please read if you require disability accommodations at clerkship locations

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

Students who require clerkship location accommodations to manage their personal medical conditions/disabilities must apply for and be approved by the 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).  Please note that “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.

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.

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

Have an amazing week!