MS3 Class Information – July 3, 2024

Track information session coming Monday, July 8

There will be a 60-minute information session regarding the Special Programs (Track, WRITE, LIC) during the Patient Care and Explore and Focus Phase on Monday, July 8, starting at 12 p.m. AK, 1 p.m. PT and 2 p.m. MT. This meeting will be recorded for those not able to attend. Please review the video, slides and FAQ on our website. The team will address any questions completed in the  questionnaire ahead of time, as well as questions in real time.

 Early career planning for the Explore & Focus Phase presentation on July 9

MS3s, join Career Advising and a panel of MS4s for a preview of 4th year career planning steps upcoming in next 6 months. After this session you will:

  • Know how to prepare for Explore & Focus Phase decisions and tasks
  • Understand the basics of away rotations
  • Be reminded of the importance of parallel planning and risk mitigation strategies for your upcoming residency match
  • Know what to be doing now in prep for away and residency applications
  • Walk away with resources and tools to support you in your planning
  • Plenty of time for your questions during Q&A!

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

Consider applying for the Committee on Admissions

MS3s and MS4s are welcome to apply to join the University of Washington School of Medicine Committee on Admissions. Admissions only accepts a limited number of new committee members each year; students throughout WWAMI are able to participate in the virtual interview process.

Please see this document to learn more about this opportunity, including the link to apply. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 14.

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):

Thank you to everyone who helped raise the survey response rate from 19 to 28 percent!

This week’s accolade goes to Alaska students for increasing their participation by 15 percentage points to reach 35 percent, followed by Idaho (36 percent, up 13 percentage points), Montana (40 percent, up 10), Spokane (26 percent, up 10), Seattle (23 percent, up 6) and Wyoming (20 percent, up 5).

This is such a strong start, and we continue to count on your help by taking 10 minutes to complete the survey.

Please see below the incentive breakdown by campus in the table. You can choose to use your gift card with different vendors such as Amazon, Apple, Uber Eats, and many other stores, restaurants and movie theatres.


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

Hope you’re all enjoying rotations! On these rotations, try to ask for directed feedback from your attendings or residents at least once a week. Some attendings and residents are better at offering feedback than others. If they aren’t giving you clear steps to improve, ask, “What are small tasks I can complete to be more helpful?” or, “What is one thing in particular I can work on next week?”

Feedback fatigue is real though, so try not to take anything personally and use this as an opportunity to develop better self-awareness!

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

Have a fantastic week!