Medicine Student Programs
Program Coordinator: Lan Nguyen
Visiting Scholars Program
The internal medicine Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) is a funded program designed to give students with a diverse background a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer. This program is open to students from LCME and AACOM accredited US medical schools. Students accepted to the Visiting Scholars Program can take subinternships or consult rotations at the University of Washington Medical Center or Harborview Medical Center in a number of specialties.learn more.
Due to larger than expected UW enrollment in our electives for 2018-19, outside of the Visiting Scholars Program we will only offer visiting student rotations in Dermatology and Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Seattle and the
IM Ward Subintership at Boise, Idaho.
The following requirements apply:
All Medicine rotations are four (4) weeks in length. Your clerkship dates must correspond with our
Clinical Elective Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).
Prerequisites for Medicine Elective Clerkships:
- Fourth year medical student standing, and completion of eight weeks internal medicine rotation(s).
- Students must complete and upload to VSAS our
Medicine Supplemental Application Form.docx .
- We require all students to have a recent
transcript uploaded to VSAS. Canadian students may have them emailed to Lan Nguyen, email@example.com
- Students must have passed Step One or the COMLEX and submit scores on our Medicine Supplemental Application Form.
- Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on an application until it is complete and fully approved by the UWSOM Visiting Student Office. Applications must be received and approved at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
- We will accept applications starting March 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Our enrollment period for the 2018-2019 academic year will be May 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018 . We will only schedule students during this time. If you have not uploaded your transcript and our
Medicine Supplemental Application Form, you will not be considered for an elective.
- If space is available, students will be matched to open elective rotations and notified via VSAS no later than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the elective.
- Students using VSAS to apply should upload their home institution evaluation form. If it is an electronic evaluation, note this on our medicine supplemental application form.
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing to the department contact listed above.
Please note our absence policy. Absences from the Boise subinternship for interviews is particularly discouraged. Each elective has standard days off (often weekend off for consult electives and 4 total days during the month for a subinternship.) Additional days off are generally not allowed. Please do not schedule an elective during a time when you are expecting to do residency interviews. One day off for a local interview may be granted with at least two weeks of advanced notice at the discretion of the clerkship director.
MEDECK 604 – Clinical Dermatology
Open ONLY to students applying for a residency in Dermatology. Participation in dermatology clinics and inpatient consultations at the in University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Seattle VA Medical Center. Journal Club and clinical conferences are held each week with entire staff in addition to a continuing series of teaching seminars and weekly dermatopathology conferences.
At the end of the clerkship, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate patients seen in consultation with a member of the Dermatology Inpatient Consulting team.
- Demonstrate basic approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems.
- Discuss basic principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy with wet dressings, steroids, emollients and antipruritic therapy.
- Recognize major life-threatening skin diseases and markers of systemic disease.
- Utilize dermatologic vocabulary in order to generate clinical differential diagnoses and accurately describe a rash or a lesion when requesting consultative services.
- Recognize common skin tumors, and understand appropriate diagnostics tests used in dermatology.
- Demonstrate appropriate history-taking and general physical examination with special attention to examination and description of the skin.
- Construct write-ups and oral presentations to be as precise and efficient as possible in communication about patients.
- Perform special diagnostic procedures (KOH, Tzanck test, patch test, skin biopsy) to assist in delineating patients' problems.
MEDECK 616 – Advanced Clinical Dermatology
Open ONLY to students applying for a residency in Dermatology. This is an advanced dermatology elective; each student will focus on one or two of four areas, which will be determined prior to starting the rotation. These areas are: Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, or Advanced Medical Dermatology. The rotation will be tailored to the student's interest whenever feasible. Prerequisite: General dermatology at your home institution. If there is no such rotation at your home institution, an equivalent rotation at another rotation will be considered. Verification must be uploaded to VSAS, and can be in the form of transcript, copy of grade, or letter of verification from course director.
Goals & Objectives:
Depending upon the clinical interest of the student, the student will achieve one or two of the following (to be determined prior to starting the rotation). Each area will allow the student practice to refine and condense write-ups and oral presentations to be as precise and efficient as possible in communication about patients. Students will also develop a scholarly project with the intended goal of submission for publication.
- To learn the natural history of common skin cancers.
- To learn the principles of surgical and non-surgical management of common skin cancers.
- To learn basic suturing technique of the dermis and epidermis.
- Design treatment plans for patients with Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Malignant Melanoma that address surgical and non-surgical options, with support from the literature when possible.
- Perform an excision, including intermediate layered closure, on an animal model such a pig skin, or artificial model substrate.
- To learn the approach to examining histologic specimens of the skin.
- To learn how to build a differential diagnosis for both tumors and inflammatory conditions in skin biopsies.
- To learn the importance of the clinicopathologic correlation.
- Recognize normal skin histology and dermatopathology terminology.
- Recognize the histopathologic appearance of common skin tumors.
- Recognize the general categories of histopathologic inflammatory patterns.
- To learn the approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems encountered in the pediatric population.
- To learn the basic and intermediate principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy in children, with steroids, calcineurin inhibitors, antibiotics, and isotretinoin.
- To learn how to interact with both child and parent to obtain a complete history and effectively communicate a treatment plan.
- Recognize common pediatric skin diseases.
- Describe the features of two less common genetic skin diseases or syndromes.
- Develop a treatment plan for a child with chronic atopic dermatitis.
- Understand options for managing common pediatric skin infections including impetigo, warts, molluscum, and tinea.
Advanced Medical Dermatology:
- To refine the approach to the diagnosis and management of the most common skin problems encountered in a complex medically ill population.
- To learn basic and intermediate principles and practice of oral and topical dermatologic therapy with wet dressings, steroids, emollients and antipruritic therapy.
- To learn to recognize major life-threatening skin diseases and markers of systemic disease.
- Develop a differential diagnosis for one inpatient or outpatient with complex medical dermatologic diseases with a member of the Dermatology inpatient team or outpatient attending.
- Develop a treatment plan, with support from the literature when possible, for one inpatient or outpatient with complex medical diseases.
MEDECK 671 Ward Subinternship in Boise, Idaho
Open ONLY to students applying to the IM residency program at Boise, Idaho. This course is by permission only. Please contact Linda Clark,
Linda.Clark4@va.gov for more information and requirements to apply.
- Students will serve as interns at the Boise Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Boise Idaho. on the medical wards under supervision of house staff and attending physicians. They will attend all regular medical rounds and conferences as their schedule permits. Students are given responsibilities commensurate with those of interns under supervision by the Resident and Attending Staff. More information about the Boise VA Medicine Residency program can be found at
MEDECK 701 Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Open ONLY to students applying for an Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency. Students will be spend several half days per week in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Working with attending faculty, OEM residents, industrial hygenists, and other support staff, medical students will gain exposure and experience in working with complex occupationally related injury and illness. As part of this rotation, students will have the opportunity to develop and complete a project. This project will be developed under the advisement of Occupational Medicine faculty and can be tailored to the interests of the rotator. Office space will be available in the Pat Steel building for the use of medical student rotators. As available, medical students will have the opportunity to participate in worksite visits. These visits will allow medical students the opportunity to better understand the connection between workplace safety and overall health.