The School of Medicine seeks to provide students with the opportunities, resources, and support necessary to explore and expand their personal and professional interests, build relationships and work with others, develop skills and experiences, grow as individuals, and have fun while at the UW. By promoting civic engagement in the community, creating partnerships, and fostering an environment that values diversity, free expression, and self-directed learning, the Student Organizations contribute to the holistic development of our students.
Medical Student Association
The MSA is a student organization of elected senators from the entire student body responsible for overseeing student activities. The MSA is considered the "umbrella" organization for student activities and organizations to which the Academic Affairs Office turns for student input on educational issues and concerns that arise throughout the year.
Senators are selected during the first year at each site. MSA officers are typically second year students and selections are made in the spring of the first year to allow for an orderly transition. Some responsibilities of the MSA include developing educational and community initiatives, the funding of other student organizations, the planning of various social events, addressing student concerns with the Academic Affairs Office, and the organization of tours for medical school applicants. Serving as a class senator provides unique opportunities not only to interact with students from other classes but also with the Academic Affairs deans and administrative directors. The amount of commitment that the MSA asks is minimal: one meeting per month and one lunch meeting per quarter with the deans. Senators are encouraged to participate in meeting throughout their third and fourth years to ensure issues regarding the clinical curriculum and academic and support services are discussed.
General Information for Student Organizations
Forming a Student Organization
Before a student group can be officially recognized and use campus facilities, members are required to apply for recognition as an officially sponsored student group of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Please see the document below for more information about forming a new group.
Forming a new student organization
New Organization Constitution Template
Annual Required Registration
Student Interest Groups and Organizations need to register every year with the University of Washington Student Activities Office. To find times of registrations sessions please visit the
Student Activities Office website.
UW School of Medicine student groups are eligible to receive $100 towards a special event space room reservation, courtesy of the Student Affairs Office. Any additional event costs beyond the $100 will be the responsibility of the student group.
Room reservation options for student organizations
Room reservation procedures
Zoom needs & room selection go hand in hand
Event Planning Worksheet
Medical Student RSO Event Planning Worksheet.docx will assist you in planning an event for your Student Organization.
Student Conference Travel funding
Other funding options are outlined in the UWSOM
Student Organization Leadership Manual
Regional and National Organizations for Medical Students
For more information about Student Organizations, please contact Emily Slager