Share Your Enthusiasm
Someday you’ll have to replace yourself. There are many ways to share your enthusiasm that don’t involve having a student seeing patients with you. Please send us your contact information and tell us in which ways you could make yourself available to help grow future doctors. We can be contacted at
Here are a few ideas:
emails or return phone calls to students who have questions about your specialty and type of practice.
- Take a pre-med student or a medical school applicant to
lunch or dinner and talk about what it is like being a doctor. If your background is under-represented in medicine, meeting you can be especially inspiring for pre-medical students when they realize that their dreams can come true. You can also introduce them to what is going on with minority health professionals in the local community. (If you are especially interested in meeting students from underrepresented minorities in medicine, contact Victoria Gardner, Acting Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Provide overnight
lodging for applicants who come from out of town to interview for UW School of Medicine. Interviews are held in Anchorage, Boise, Laramie, Seattle and Spokane.
Provide Learning Opportunities
The Shadow Knows
Like many medical schools across the country, the University of Washington School of Medicine wants to make sure that applicants are making an informed decision before they spend their time and money to apply to and attend medical school. Shadowing provides prospective physicians with the opportunity to witness first hand both the joys and frustrations of practicing medicine. To learn more about being shadowed by a Pre-med student please visit our
Working with UDOC/SMDEP
The Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UWSOM provides free summer enrichment programs for high school and college students who are interested in pursuing medicine or dentistry. These include the following.
- The National High School Student Summer Research Apprentice Program (NHSSSRAP): sponsored by the
NIH/NIDDK/Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science program brings high school students here to the UWSOM for an 8-week research experience with a mentor.
(sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) is for freshman and sophomore college students and includes specific tracks such as biology and physics, or chemistry, study skill development, and hands-on exposure to practical medical skills. UW is one of 12 sites across the US that runs a SMDEP. As part of the program, the students spend up to four days shadowing a physician or dentist and also attend medical screening clinics at migrant farmworker camps in Mt. Vernon, WA. Between the years of 1989-2010, the UWSOM site of SMDEP has had 2,488 participants, including 2021 underrepresented minorities. 861 have matriculated into medical school, 143 of them to the UWSOM.
If you have questions or are interested in either of these programs, please contact Victoria Gardner, Acting Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 206.685.2489.
Participate in Panel Discussions
Panels on careers in medicine are coordinated for pre-medical students by
Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the pre-medical honor society with chapters on many campuses in the WWAMI region. If there is no chapter in the college near you, consider helping the college start one. Panels are also coordinated for current medical students by the
Medical Student Association and the Student Affairs Office at the Seattle site of the University of Washington School of Medicine and by the
respective WWAMI Assistant Deans’ offices at the Spokane, Pullman, Anchorage, Bozeman, Laramie, and Boise sites.
Opportunities for Physician Involvement
UW Medicine Alumni Association A nonprofit, non-dues organization which cultivates unity among alumni of the School of Medicine. If you graduated from the UWSOM, or one of its residency programs, check out the UW Medicine Alumni Association for a variety of ways to help prospective and current medical students. You can also contact them at 206.685.1875 or toll free 1.866.633.2586 or
email@example.com for questions or more information.
University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA): Offers opportunities for membership benefits and activities, learning, networking and news. Produces
Viewpoints, a magazine published in partnership with the diversity community of the UW,
Columns Magazine, and
SAID (Student-Alumni Informational Dinners): These dinners occur three times a year and match medical students interested in a given specialty with UW School of Medicine alumni who practice in that specialty.
HOST (Help Our Students Travel): The HOST Program has helped hundreds of UW's fourth-year medical students find a friendly home while traveling for their residency interviews.
Health Sciences/UW Medicine Tour Guide: Guide eager high school students and future health care professionals through the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center and the UW Medical Center.
Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP): Work in a volunteer clinic alongside medical students and faculty.
Al-Shifa Clinic: Al-Shifa is a student-run clinic for underserved, predominantly immigrant communities.
Aloha Inn: The Aloha Inn provides transitional housing for 66 formerly homeless residents and has an inter-professional student-run free clinic. Also see Students In The Community (SITC).
Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. Help teach physical exam, or evaluate medical students on their ability to perform physical exams and do case presentations. Please contact
Julie Calcavecchia for more information.
Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Observe and evaluate 2nd and 4th year medical students on their ability to perform basic clinical skills (physical exams, medical interviewing, clinical reasoning). Testing dates occur four times a year in winter, spring and summer. Contact
Donna Ambrozy if you are interested.
Global Health Group: Help promote international clinical and research experiences for medical students.
Preceptorships: Medical students are required to complete one preceptorship in either their first or second year of medical school. A preceptorship consists of a minimum of eight four-hour sessions during which the student spends time with a physician in a clinic. You must be a member of the clinical faculty to be a preceptor.
Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP): The Rural/Underserved opportunities Program (R/UOP) is a four-week, elective immersion experience in community medicine for students between their first and second years of medical school. Students work side-by-side with local physicians in the WWAMI region providing health care to underserved populations.