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A Day in the Life of a Seattle Medical Student:


WWAMI-Seattle Foundations Schedule for Summer 2022:
Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research (FMR)


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Morning

Exam or Free

Free

Free

Free

Exam or Free

Afternoon Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm
Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm
Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm
Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm

Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm



WWAMI-Seattle Foundations Schedule for Fall 2022 – Fall 2023


Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Morning

Exam or Free

Hospital Tutorial or
Free

Hospital Tutorial or
Free

Hospital Tutorial or
Free

Exam or Free

Afternoon

Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm
Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm
Clinical Skills Workshops or
Class or Free
Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm

Class
1:30pm – 5:20pm


Important notes:

  • Free time can sometimes be filled with required meetings.
  • In the Fall 2022 quarter, the number of days in class per week will alternate between four and five days. From Winter 2022 quarter on, blocks will meet four days a week.

Class time: Students have approximately four hours of class per day, most days incorporating interactive learning or laboratories. A limited number of learning experiences may be scheduled outside of normal class hours. Class delivery methods vary by block and within a block. All blocks are designed to have predominantly active learning approaches. Students are expected to come prepared to participate in class discussions and small group sessions. All courses have periodic assessments and a cumulative final examination, with the day before the final designated as a study day. Block objectives and core content for which students will be held accountable on exams will be the same across all WWAMI sites. Exams will have the same questions and format and be administered in person at UW. Timing of exams may vary slightly across foundation sites.

Block teaching: In Summer 2022, instruction at UW will be in-person. The UW strongly recommends wearing a well-fitted, high-quality mask indoors. Masks are required in UW health care and clinical facilities. Learn more about COVID-19 resources for students and the UW COVID vaccination requirement.

Your first two blocks are Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research (FMR) and Infections & Immunity (I&I).  Both blocks will have weekly Monday morning exams and a cumulative final on a Friday. Human Form and Function (Anatomy and Embryology) and Foundation of Clinical Medicine (see “FCM Introduction” below) is expected to be in-person and attendance is required. The school will work with students who are unable to attend required sessions due to health risks or other approved extenuating circumstances.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course: Seattle

The Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course is a comprehensive clinical skills program with four integrated and complementary elements, taught by College faculty physicians and other content experts. It begins with the Immersion block, which introduces students to clinical medicine and extends through the Foundations Phase. The four integrated elements of FCM are:

Immersion: FCM starts with intensive initial clinical skills training in the fundamentals of doctor-patient communication, medical interviewing, and the basic physical exam. It introduces many other subjects important to the practice of medicine and you will start to build the College community that you’ll learn and grow with over the next four years. By the end of Immersion, you will be prepared to see patients with your mentor in the fall. Immersion will be eight days long, scheduled from 09/07-09/16/2022, and be in-person.

Hospital Tutorials: Every other week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday morning, you’ll meet with your College faculty mentor and your College small group at one of our teaching hospitals. You’ll practice the history and physical exam with a hospitalized patient who has agreed to see you, observed by your College mentor and sometimes a peer. They’ll give you feedback and coach you on how to improve your skills. Your small group will learn from patients together at the bedside, and you’ll learn to do oral case presentations and to write up the history and physical for the patients you see.

Clinical Skills Workshops: You’ll have a Clinical Skills Workshop every other Wednesday afternoon. These workshops are a chance to practice new clinical skills in a classroom, often with simulated patients. You’ll cover more advanced communication and physical exam skills in hands-on, interactive small groups aligned with the content of your current Foundations blocks. You’ll also learn about other topics important for patient care, including clinical reasoning, behavioral medicine, continuity care, and interprofessional teamwork.

Primary Care Practicum (PCP): Starting in January, you will have continuity in a primary care physician’s office every other Wednesday for the rest of the Foundations Phase. This longitudinal experience within an active practice emphasizes outpatient clinical skills, especially the focused history and physical exam, patient and family relationships, chronic disease care, and health care teamwork. Clinical preceptors are community physicians, selected for their interest in medical student education. In the clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to apply many of the skills you’ve learned in Clinical Skills Workshops and in Hospital Tutorials.

Disability accommodations for FCM
Students requesting a disability accommodation for FCM can contact Disability Resource Services (DRS) directly by contacting Meghan Matthews (meghanm7@uw.edu) or http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/ as soon as possible prior to the start of immersion so that appropriate accommodations can be made available in a timely fashion to allow the student to participate fully. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a DRS evaluation has been completed and appropriate accommodations determined. You can also reach out to Dr. Gerald Tolbert (gtolbert@uw.edu), Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs, if you have any questions.