Drug Testing

Clerkship rotations

The University of Washington School of Medicine does not require "routine" drug testing of medical students. However, some facilities where students may rotate for various clinical experiences do require drug testing before they will accept a student for a rotation. The School generally contracts with these facilities so that the testing can be done through the School rather than through the facility in order to protect students' privacy. The School, in turn, uses CastleBranch, which provides industry-standardized drug screening services through Quest Diagnostics and Lab Corp laboratories around the five-state region. Working with CastleBranch, the School has chosen to implement a urine drug screening program for its drug testing protocol. The CastleBranch drug​ testing procedure is used to test for the following drugs:

Standard six-panel urine drug screen:

  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines                
  • Benzodiazepines             
  • Oxycodone
  • Methamphetamines
  • Cocaine 

**Idaho sites require students to be screened for THC and barbiturates in addition to amphetamines, benzodiazapines, opiates and cocaine. 

Clerkship sites/ course numbers with drug test requirement​ ​​​

Drug testing procedure

The drug screen is good for one year.  If you are scheduled for multiple rotations at sites that require drug testing through the UWSOM, you will only need to complete drug screening once.

UW School of Medicine drug screening policy.

The Standard six-panel urine drug screen' includes the following:

  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines                
  • Benzodiazepines             
  • Oxycodone
  • Methamphetamines
  • Cocaine

The 'Idaho six-panel urine drug screen' includes the following:

  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines                
  • Benzodiazepines             
  • Cannabinoids (THC)
  • Barbiturates
  • Cocaine

The OPTIONAL 11-panel urine drug screen includes the following (recommended for VSAS applications):

  • Amphetamine (methamphetamine)
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates (codeine & morphine)
  • Phencyclidine
  • Propoxyphene
  • Oxycodone​

The drug screen is good for one year.  If you are scheduled for multiple rotations which require the Standard six-panel, you will only need to complete drug screening once.  If you are scheduled at sites that require both the Standard six panel AND the Idaho six panel, or if you need a drug test for an AWAY rotation to be uploaded to VSAS, you may choose to complete the 11-panel.

Step 1. Accessing portal: https://portal.castlebranch.com/UW70 and click on "place order".

Step 2. Click Please select and choose program – "Current Students"

Step 3.  If you are located in Seattle, select "Seattle DT".  If you are located outside Seattle, select "WWAMI DT".

Step 4. Choose "Standard 6 Panel" or "Idaho Panel" depending on your clerkship site (11-panel is an option which will cover substances in both panels - recommended for VSAS applications)

Step 5. Click on the package code and begin the order process - you will need to check the box next to 'I have read this information.' - Next view and read the terms and conditions, you will need to check the box to move forward

Step 6. Follow the step-by-step instructions to finish placing the order. The cost is $43.  This is a student expense and not reimbursable by the UWSOM.

You will print out a form which you will take to the lab in your area.  The lab will send the final results to Castlebranch where the UWSOM can view the report.  You should also have access to the report through your account with Castlebranch.

The UWSOM will indicate compliance with drug testing on your Evalue Personal Records tab.  We will enter the date of the drug test. The expiration will be one year later.  We will not upload the report to Evalue in order to protect your privacy.

Process for positive results for prescribed medications 

If there is a positive result for a prescribed medication/s, a Castlebranch "Medical Review Officer" will be in touch with you and ask for documentation of your prescription.  Once the review is completed, the results will be reported as negative and the UWSOM will not have any information about your medication/s.

​​Refunds

​You can receive a full refund as long as you cancel your order PRIOR to the collection.