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UW School of Medicine Student Newsletter

Week of February 24, 2020 - Weekly Student Newsletter for Seattle MS1s and MS2s

UWSOM students learning how to respond to an obstructed airway during the Foundations of Clinical Medicine class in WISH (WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare) at Harborview Medical Center.

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Medical Student Timeline

Student Affairs has created a timeline to outline key dates and deadlines throughout the four years of medical school.

Although this timeline was created for E19s, this can be useful for E18s to see the upcoming dates/deadlines in third and fourth year.

View the timeline here and bookmark the page for reference.

New Financial Aid Drop-In Hours

The Financial Aid Office is excited to announce our new drop-in hours in T557 starting Monday, March 2. These are consistent, scheduled hours where you can drop-in to our office and know a counselor will be available to discuss your financial concerns. By switching to dedicated drop-in hours, we are hoping to eliminate the frustration of having to stop by our office multiple times a day hoping to catch Diane, Tabitha, or Josh when they’re free. View the full schedule here.

You are always welcome to book a Zoom appointment with any counselor using our scheduling link: Generally, at least one counselor is available between 7 am and 6 pm PT, Monday – Friday. Zoom appointments are a great option to get a dedicated amount of counselor time at a convenient time for both you and them. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we switch to this new drop-in system by emailing

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine, Call for Spring 2020 Submissions

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine is a student-run project at the University of Washington. Our mission is to provide the UW community with the opportunity to reflect on experiences with medicine, healing, illness, and/or grief through prose, poetry, and artwork. Furthermore, Capillaries aims to support students and the community in their healthcare journeys and to promote greater understanding between the sciences and the humanities.

We are inviting students from all health sciences departments to share their writing and art in our upcoming Spring 2020 journal. We especially encourage students who participated in the Listening Project at SKCC in February 2020 and/or at the Seattle Veteran’s Stand Down in December 2019 to reflect on and share their experiences. For more information click here.

Scholarship Opportunity

The Washington State Society Daughters of the American Revolution has a scholarship opportunity for UWSOM female students who are Washington residents and planning on going into OB/GYN or Family Medicine with OB/GYN. The deadline is March 31, 2020. 

Common Book Recommendations 2020-2021

Each year Health Sciences schools select a Common Book that addresses social determinants of health and health inequities that will impact our students as they move on into their chosen healthcare professions. Throughout the school year we host a series of lectures, panel discussions, and seminars focused on the topic of the book, and which encourage interprofessional community engagement and activism.
In preparation for the coming year, we would like to gather your recommendations for the 2020-2021 Common Book.  Please fill out the survey here
This survey is open to all members of our health sciences community, please feel free to forward this email.

CEDI Event Calendar

Check out the upcoming events hosted by CEDI.

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.

MS1 Specific Information 

Spring Registration

Hello Seattle MS1s,
Spring registration has begun! Please register for the following required courses using the instructions below before the first day of class on March 23rd. Fees and penalties begin on March 30th, and increase throughout the quarter. The attached document outlines registration penalties/deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year.

              MEDSCI 506 A  – Foundations of Clinical Medicine (4.0 credits) SLN: 16872
              MEDSCI 535 A – Ecology of Health and Medicine (1.0 credit) SLN: 16884
              MEDSCI 540 A – Blood, Cancer, and Musculoskeletal (8.0 credits) SLN: 16890
              MEDSCI 550 A – Energetics (10.0 credits) SLN: 16898
Follow these steps to register for your SPR 2020 required courses: 
  1. Log in to MyUW.
  2. Select Registration located in the Personal Services section. 
  3. Enter the SLN: (noted above) in the appropriate field on the Web Registration Form.
  4. Your Spring registration screen should now reflect the course as noted above. 
If prompted, please select the Standard Grading Option. 
Please be aware that you are responsible for registering yourself, on time, for the correct required courses. Without registering, you will not receive credit for the courses, they will not appear on your transcript, and you will not be on track to graduate. To add courses late, you’ll need to complete paperwork that the instructor and a Dean will sign, so please register on time (for Spring 2020, the last day to add courses without completing paperwork is April 19, 2020). Registering early ensures that we can help if you run into any problems. 
Don’t hesitate to contact the Registration team with any questions:

MS2 Specific Information 

No updates for this week.


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!

Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

The UW Chapter of Nurses For Sexual and Reproductive Health is hosting a panel discussion on human trafficking on Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 6-8 pm in SOCC 301. All healthcare providers and students are invited to explore this important subject, learn how to recognize a potential victim, and what care providers can do to help.

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.

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: 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!

Important Links

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

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