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UW School of Medicine Student Newsletter

Week of February 10, 2020 - Weekly Student Newsletter for Seattle MS1s and MS2s

Pictured above: Wyoming WWAMI students who recently kicked off a new service learning project that offers Diabetes Education to clients of Laramie's Downtown Clinic.

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We appreciate the recent feedback about this newsletter from the latest Deans & Friends survey. There has been some confusion why content emailed from the administrative listservs is duplicated on this newsletter. This newsletter distributes all the important updates from the week; some of the content is new and some has been sent out via listservs. The goal is to compile in one place all of the updates you need to know—including what you may have missed that was sent out through the listservs. We have also organized the content by what is applicable to Seattle MS1s, what is applicable to Seattle MS2s, and what is applicable to all. We will continue to assess the effectiveness and organization of this newsletter in order to meet your needs.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for this newsletter, please reach out to UWSOM Communications Specialist, Mikayla Kiyokawa. Thank you!

Course Offering: Homelessness in Seattle; MEDEX 580

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Homelessness in Seattle -  MEDEX 580  
This 2 credit elective meets on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM during Spring Quarter.
Open to all students, faculty and staff of UW.
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Rural Programs Newsletter

Read the most recent edition of the Office of Rural Programs Newsletter here.

Scholarship: Natalya Beneschott Scholarship for Medical School Students

New Strategic Plan for Medical Student Education 
We Need Your Voices!

The Educational Quality Improvement Strategic Planning (EQISP) Committee is in the early stages of crafting a new Strategic Plan for UW School of Medicine’s Medical Student Education Program. While nested within and consistent with the UW Medicine and UWSOM strategic plans, this document will help guide the Medical School Education Program – the part of UWSOM that is involved specifically with medical students and their education.  The Committee is soliciting input to help guide this process.  If you are reading this, your input is sought, welcomed and valuable. This is an opportunity to reimagine the school’s educational mission, vision, and priorities for the next 10 years. The ultimate goal of the process is to create a simple, direct, high-level strategy that will provide a “North Star” to guide future decisions.  This important work requires the voices of faculty, students, staff and the community at-large.

We would greatly appreciate your participation in the strategic planning process!  To do so, please watch this VIDEO, reflect and answer the following questions in this online survey or email your response to

  1. If the UWSOM Medical Student Education Program could be exceptional at only one thing what would it be? 
  2. What is your vision of the UWSOM Medical Student Education Program in 10 years?
  3. What changes do you foresee in the next 10 years that inform your vision?

The EQISP Committee will analyze your answers to find themes and shared values that will inform the development of a new strategic plan. We anticipate this process to be complete by summer 2020. If you have questions about the process, please contact the EQISP Committee co-chairs, Darryl Potyk, or Sherilyn Smith,

Compliance Deadlines 2020-2021

Please view upcoming compliance deadlines for 2020-2021.

Compliance FAQs

Q: Where can I view my compliance expiration dates?
A:  The expiration dates and documents are in your E*Value Personal Records.  Your TB testing renewal date and immunizations summary document is in your Castlebranch account.  How to access my compliance documents.
Q: How can I find the instructions for completing these requirements?
A:  Compliance staff will email you the instructions and the deadline for each requirement.  If you want to be proactive in completing these requirements you can find instructions for BLS, CBC, PCISA form, TB testing, Infection Control Training, and drug testing on the Compliance Website.  Instructions for some requirements such as N95 mask fit testing will only be sent out via email to the specific cohorts of students that are required to complete them.  For example, MS3s who are beginning a leave of absence are not required to complete N95 fit testing.
Q:  Is drug testing required?
A:  Drug testing is only required if attending certain clinical sites. 
Q:  How will I know what credentialing requirements are needed for my clerkships?
A:  The department or the clinical site will send you an email 6 weeks prior to the start of your rotation. 
Q:  Who can I contact with questions about compliance?
A:  Laura Ellis, Compliance Director,, 206-543-9053.

Reminder - Complete EHR System Training

REMINDER! Check the UW Medicine LMS for system access to Pending EHR Training.
For more information on how to complete this training, click here.

Student Affairs

Learning Environment

Have questions or concerns about the learning environment? Melinda Frank, Director of the Learning Environment, is available to discuss concerns in person, via Zoom, and over the phone. Schedule an appointment:
Check out the February 2020 Wellness Newsletter for fun activities in Seattle and ways to balance your life in medical school and stay healthy.
View this week's Seattle Organization Activities Digest to see upcoming student group events.

MS1 Specific Information 

Introduction to Step 1

Join Academic Learning Specialist, Yvonne Tyler, MD, to learn and chat about Step 1 and the United States Medical Licensing Exam. What is it? Why is it important? When do I take it? How do I prepare? Details below:

Friday, February 21, 2020
11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
This session will be recorded for those of you who cannot attend. Hope to see you there!

MS2 Specific Information 

No updates for this week.



College Dogs

The college dogs are returning to UWSOM to provide stress-relief to medical students! 

Thursday, February 20, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Contact Joanne Estacio-Deckard at if you have any questions.  

Note: Please do not bring treats for the dogs as some are on special diets, but do come ready to let your stress melt away!  Hand sanitizer and pet hair rollers will be available. 

Mentee Luncheon with Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

You're invited to attend a special mentee luncheon with Dr. Monica Gandhi! Lunch will be provided.

Friday, February 28, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
Ninth and Jefferson Building, Room 1207
908 Jefferson St., Seattle, WA 98104

Register here by 2/21.
Monica Gandhi is a Professor of Medicine,  Associate Chief in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine, and Director of the CFAR at UCSF.  Research efforts have focused on HIV/AIDS in U.S. women and investigating objective methods to measure antiretroviral adherence and exposure in HIV treatment and prevention settings.  Recent work has expanded to measuring adherence to anti-TB drugs in the context of latent and active TB infection. Dr. Gandhi also has an interest in HIV education and mentorship.

Seattle Children's Center for Diversity and Health Equity Lunch 'n Learn

Please join the Center for Diversity and Health Equity for "Being Whole, Being Seen, Belonging: A Story of Gender," presented by Dr. Davia Loren. Dr. Loren (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington where she practices in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
JMB 506 (Downtown) 
Attend this Lunch ‘n Learn to learn: 
  • Gender is an identity, an experienced social construct
  • Gender, gender expression and gender identity are separate and exist as non-binary continuums
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion are waypoints on the path to an atmosphere of belonging, not destinations unto themselves
More details can be found in the attached flyer. Hope to see you there!

Evening of Speed Mentoring

Please join us for a structured networking event that is a great opportunity to meet faculty, fellows, and residents from various medical specialties!
Thursday, March 27, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: TBD

We will have short rotating sessions for the opportunity to ask questions about careers in each field, training options and experiences, and advice for how to do well on your clerkships and sub-internships. This event has been held for the last nine years and we hope to continue providing a beneficial educational and networking experience for medical students of all levels!
Dinner will be served. RVSP or email Nora Coronado. See the flyer for more information.

Save the Date: Northwest Health Career Path Summit

Free annual event for networking among professionals in the health career pathway system to clarify and align initiatives and resources for underrepresented community members and students in healthcare.

Friday, April 3, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Yakima Valley College
W Nob Hill Blvd
S 16th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

Click the flyer for more information and register here.

Winter Yoga Classes

Sponsored by UWSOM Counseling & Wellness Service, winter quarter yoga classes will be held 5:30 - 6:30 PM in room T-553 on the following dates: 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9. Bring a yoga mat and your willingness to stretch and breathe your way to good health! As a reminder, the yoga classes are appropriate for all skill levels, and are free of charge. We suggest a $5 donation per class to offset the instructor’s costs, but this is a suggestion only. We hope you’ll be able to attend!

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If you have suggestions for how to improve this newsletter, send comments to Mikayla Kiyokawa, Communications Specialist, UWSOM.

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