The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) passed by the U.S. Congress in 1996 regulates the security of systems on which patient data is stored, protections for the privacy of personal health records, and the requirements for safeguarding individually identifiable health information. This federal legislation took effect on April 14, 2003. Each health care facility is required to provide documentation of HIPAA training for everyone with access to patients and/or patient data.
Incoming First Year Students
This is one of the first steps in your training as a future physician and needs to be completed prior to Orientation.
UW student ID number
is necessary in order to complete the training.
2. We will register you for UW HIPAA training and WE WILL EMAIL YOU
your log in information automatically.
3. Once you receive the email from us with your log in information, follow the instructions in the email:
- A web-based course for UW Medicine that takes approximately 2 hours.
- Academic Affairs will receive regular reports to track student progress and will notify you if a problem occurs, such as failing to complete the correct curriculum track for the online training.
- Upon completion, you will receive a certificate to verify your compliance with this federal regulation. Please email one copy in pdf format to
SOMcompl@uw.edu and keep one copy for your records, as you may be asked to provide a copy by clinical sites or to participate in research projects with patient contact or data.
- If you have worked in a health care setting this past year and completed HIPAA training, you will unfortunately need to repeat this using the UW training modules and specifically the physician curriculum track. HIPAA is site specific and the School of Medicine needs to certify that you have completed this training at the UW.
If you do not have access to a computer at home you can use a computer at the UW Health Sciences Library.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura Ellis at SOMcompl@uw.edu