Visiting medical students from the U.S. and Canada

The Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program accepts medical students from Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited schools or from the Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association who want to pursue clinical elective courses at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Visiting students can schedule a maximum of 24 credits (12 weeks) depending on the availability of a rotation. After reaching the maximum allowable credits, students may not apply again, as this is an absolute limit.

Students can apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) (www.aamc.org/vsas). Contact: vsas@aamc.org or 202.478.9878).

Canadian students from LCME-accredited schools may submit the paper application by emailing visitstu@uw.edu and requesting a copy of the application form for Canadian students.

Credit for visiting rotations is issued by the home institution, not by the University of Washington.

Note: The window to accept applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed.The University of Washington School of Medicine began accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year on March 1, 2018.

Application requirements and information for prospective students


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in the M.D. or D.O. degree program at a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association. Applicants must be in good standing.
  • Applicants must have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.
  • Applicants must be in their third or fourth year of a M.D. or D.O. program.
  • Applicants must have completed all or most of their required core clerkships as well as any specific prerequisites for the clerkship they are applying for. The UWSOM requires all visiting students to have clerkship experience that is comparable to the experience obtained by third-year medical students at UWSOM participating in the same electives.
  • Applicants must have received a passing score on the USMLE Step 1 examination or the National Board Osteopathic Medical Examiners certifying exam.
  • A minimum coverage of $3 million aggregate/1 million per occurrence in malpractice/liability insurance coverage from the student’s home school or from other non-University of Washington sources is required for all visiting students. Student’s home school is required to certify amount of malpractice/liability insurance and that it is in effect during requested rotation. Applicants who do not have this level of malpractice insurance coverage must obtain additional coverage prior to being enrolled in the requested elective.
  • Applicants must be covered by personal health insurance.
  • Completion of a training program in universal precautions (OSHA training) ensuring the appropriate handling of blood, tissues and body fluids during the time of his/her M.D. or D.O. training.


The School of Medicine's academic year begins in July. Applications will be processed beginning in March and will be processed in the order they are received.

All application forms must be received by the Visiting Student Coordinator at least six weeks prior to the start of the requested elective. All documents should be sent/uploaded to VSAS together to avoid delays in processing.

For information about the availability of an elective, contact the Departmental Clerkship Administrator. Contact information for departmental administrators can be found under the Departmental Course Listings page on this website.


All changes and cancellations must be done at least six weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date. Requests must be made in writing to the Departmental Clerkship Administrator. Contact information is on the Departmental Course Listings page on this website. Fees are non-refundable.

Visiting students may enroll in a total of 12 weeks of clerkships. Requests to add additional clerkships must be submitted to the Visiting Student Coordinator at visitstu@uw.edu and approved by the dean.


Application received

When your application is received, VSAS will send you an auto-generated email. ​The email from VSAS will not contain details specific to your application. The email verifying your application status will come from the UW Visiting Student Coordinator (visitstu@uw.edu).

Your application will be processed in the order it was received. Once we have a chance to look at your application, the Visiting Student Coordinator will send you an email confirming receipt of your application and will list any items that are still missing. We will not contact you again until all documents are received.

Please note that from March - June it may take us several weeks before we can review your application, due to the volume of applications being received at that time.

Application denied

If your application does not meet our requirements, you will be notified by email/ VSAS that your application has not been accepted. Fees are non-refundable.

Application approved

Once your application is complete and has been approved, you will receive an email from the Visiting Student Coordinator confirming that your application has been approved and forwarded to the department(s) of your requested elective(s).​ You will be notified by VSAS that your status has been made 'eligible'. An approved application does not guarantee a clerkship.

After your application has been approved, all further correspondence, including your clerkship offer, will come from the departmental administrator (clerkship offers are issued via VSAS). Contact information is under the Departmental Course Listings page on this website.​​

"Official" clerkship offers are issued via VSAS. If you are issued an "unofficial" clerkship offer from clinical faculty or departmental staff, the clerkship is NOT guaranteed.


Blood/body fluid exposure - visiting students

​Time matters! Proceed swiftly with the following:

  1. Remove all soiled clothing.
  2. Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water (15 mins).
    Flush splashes to the nose, mouth or skin with water (15 mins).
    Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline or sterile irrigants (15 mins).
  3. Write down the following information on “source” patient:
    Name, hospital or clinic number, date of birth and patient location
  4. Notify a supervising staff member that you need to report to employee health. Identify yourself as a UW School of Medicine"visiting medical student". If after hours, report to a local emergency department.
  5. Report to Employee Health/emergency department as a blood/body fluid exposure for:
    1. Risk assessment of exposure
    2. Baseline laboratory work 
    3. Employee Health evaluation of “source” patient​​​
    4. Institution of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), if appropriate

Blood-bourne pathogen (BBP) exposure lab testing and payment information:
All costs related to BBP exposures should be billed to your personal insurance. Students will be billed for items that are not covered by insurance.

If you have unanswered questions after a BBP exposure/needlestick, contact​: Office of Student Affairs: 206-543-5560 (8am-5pm Pacific Time)

For further information​

CDC Emergency Needlestic​​k Information

Departmental course listings


Manager of Education & Training Programs: Alexis Rush
Phone: 206.744.2558
Email:rusha@uw.edu

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers an Emergency Medicine Scholars Program (EMSP) for visiting students. The E​mergency Medicine Scholars Program (EMSP) is a funded program designed to provide a broad, month-long educational experience within the University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine for exceptional fourth year medical students from a broad range of those who are under-represented in medicine.

For more information, please see the EMSP website.​


Administrator: Ivan Henson
Phone: 206.543.9425
Email: ivanodin@uw.edu

Block Calendar: 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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Residency Network site(s) directly for most recent availability.
    Visit the Residency Network Sites desc​ription web page.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

As a visiting student, the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network can seem a bit more complex. A major benefit to the Residency Network is that there are 18 residency programs across 5 states, serving many different interests and offering experiences in a wide variety of settings. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

FAMED 688 - Family Medicine Sub-Internship (8 cr)

Offered: A, W. Sp, S – 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Basic Science Curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing, permission of site
Faculty: Misbah Keen, MD
Instructor: TBA

Developed in response to student interest, the Family Medicine Sub-Internship is available to qualified 4th year medical students. The Family Medicine Sub-I has a prescribed curriculum, comparable to that of a Medicine inpatient family medicine team with an advanced degree of independence and responsibility in preparation for their R-1 year. Rotations take place at one of the WWAMI regional affiliated Family Medicine Residency Network pr​ograms.

Find out more about the subinternship registration steps for visiting students on the Department of Family Medicine web site.

Enrollment: variable

FAMED 690 - One Health Clinical Elective

Offered: A, W. Sp, S – 4 weeks
Prerequisites: Permission of course director
Course Director: Peter Rabinowitz, MD, peterr7@uw.edu


“One Health” recognizes the intricate links between the health of humans, animals, and the environment. This elective provides an academic conceptual framework and clinical exposure through which to explore the multitude of applications of the “One Health” paradigm in a multidisciplinary context. Students will gain experience working with interdisciplinary teams including veterinarians and physicians on species-spanning approaches to health.


Medicine Student Programs
Program Administrator: Lan Nguyen
Phone: 206.616.5137
Email: lnguye17@uw.edu

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: ​

Block Calendar: 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, lnguye17@uw.edu
  • Students must have passed Step One or the COMLEX and submit scores on our Medicine Supplemental Application Form.

To Apply:

  1. 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.
  2. We will accept applications starting March 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the department contact listed above.

Absence Policy: 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.

Objectives:
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

Offered: 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.

Dermatologic Surgery:

  • 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.

Dermatopathology:

  • 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.

Pediatric Dermatology:

  • 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 www.boiseinternalmedicine.com.

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 hygienists, 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.​


Clerkship Administrator: Brooke Emrich​
Phone: 206.616.6062

Email: bdh6@uw.edu

Block Calendar: 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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.​​ ​

Course # 680 – Clinical Laboratory Testing: Methods & Interpretation

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks, 4 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of required third year core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob Gyn, and Surgery.

Provides the medical student with an opportunity to develop the ability to evaluate clinical laboratory data and to gain insight into methodologies, equipment, principles and quality control used in the clinical laboratory. Students may select from a variety of laboratory areas. The two-week, full-time modules approach the clinical laboratory from a variety of emphases – specific to general, technical to interpretative. Recommended reading material will be introduced by the individual instructor. A descriptive brochure of the available subsections (modules) is mailed to all clinical clerks prior to clerkship selections, and is available on request by calling 206.598.6133 or on the web at http://www.labmed.washington.edu/ (under “Education” select “Medical Student Courses”). Confirmation of assignment and instructions will be sent to the student prior to the starting date. Final assignments are made on the basis of students’ choices and subsection availability.

Enrollment: Variable, Visiting students require permission from department.​

Course # 685 – Laboratory Case Studies for Clinical Diagnosis

Offered: W only – 2 Weeks, 4 credits
Instructor: Nester
Prerequisites: Completion of all required third year clerkships

This course is aimed at preparing senior medical students for the rigors of clinical residency by educating them in the efficient selection and rational interpretation of laboratory tests. A nuclear faculty will employ a combination of lectures and case discussion to help develop cost-and time-effective strategies for diagnosing and managing common clinical problems. Appropriate test choices, optimum clinical laboratory utilization, and limitations of tests will be emphasized. The pathophysiological basis of laboratory testing will be emphasized; analytical methodology will be minimized. We will also address how to evaluate new tests, economics of testing, and minimizing equivocal results.

Enrollment: 30 students, Visiting students require permission from department. ​​


Clerkship Administrator:Katie Portante
Phone: 206.744.9316
E-mail: kp2140@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
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).

To Apply:

  1. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  2. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

NEUR S 680 P – Neurological Surgery Clerkship (* max 4)

Offered: Aut, Spr – 4 Weeks
Instructor: Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D.

Goals:

  • To understand the diagnosis and management of surgical diseases of the nervous system and its coverings,
  • To learn how to do a competent examination of the patient with nervous system disease,
  • To understand anatomy of the nervous system and how it influences symptoms and signs,
  • To learn principles of neurosurgical judgment and patient management.

Objectives:

  • At the conclusion of this clerkship, students should be able to:
  • Discuss the anatomy of the nervous system and how it influences symptoms and signs.
  • Perform a competent neurological examination
  • Interpret imaging studies and other diagnostic information for patients in this population.
  • Outline diagnostic and management plans for surgical diseases of the nervous system including
  • head trauma, spine trauma, cerebrovascular disease, disc disease, CNS tumors, hydrocephalus,
  • and other neurosurgical diagnoses
  • Identify and differentiate acute problems in the nervous system needing immediate attention by a neurosurgeon and those that are more chronic in nature. Identify the factors that influence neurosurgical decision- making, such as patient age, disease
  • stage, prognosis, patient and family desires.
  • Discuss treatment options for common neurosurgical diseases with an understanding of both goals and risks.

Schedule:
Full-time, 2-week rotation at HMC, 1 week each at UWMC and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Participate in in-house overnight call at HMC.

Conferences:
Wed. 7:00 – 8:00 am Neurosurgery Grand Rounds.
Wed. 8:00 – 9:00 am Resident Educator Hour.
Rounds and conferences at hospital where assigned.

Presentations: Optional; required for honors.

Visiting students require permission from department.


Clerkship Administrator: Eric Kraus, MD
Phone: 206.598.0216
Email: ekraus@uw.edu
Clerkship website: depts.washington.edu/neurolog/education/clerkships​

Block Calendar:
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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

NEURL 686 – Adult Neurology Clerkship

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits
Instructor: Eric Kraus, MD
Prerequisites: Departmental permission

Visiting students are welcome to apply for any rotation dates for this elective clerkship. Please see complete course description on the clerkship website.

Enrollment: 1-2 students per 4-week rotation

NEURL 687 – Pediatric Neurology Clerkship

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits
Instructor: Jim Owens, MD, PhD
Prerequisites: Departmental permission

Visiting students are welcome to apply for any rotation dates for this elective clerkship. Please see complete course description on the clerkship website.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4-week rotation

NEURL 685 – Epilepsy & Clinical EEG Clerkship

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks/4 credits or 4 weeks/8 credits
Instructor: Shahin Hakimian, MD
Prerequisites: Departmental permission

Visiting students are welcome to apply for any rotation dates for this elective clerkship. Please see complete course description on the clerkship website.

Enrollment: 1 student per rotation


Clerkship Administrator: Jessica Sidhu
Phone: 206.543.3892
Email: obclerk@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. Students must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

Prerequisites for OB/GYN Clerkships:

Please include in your initial application an official USMLE Step 1 and 2, if completed, score report and performance in 3rd year core clerkships. This information will be used to determine which visiting students will be offered one of our limited prime summer and autumn slots. Due to the limited number, we will not be able to offer electives to international students. We require a minimum of three clinical honors and 230 or above on USMLE Step 1 and 240 or above on USMLE step 2.

To Apply:

  1. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date. For strong consideration students should apply before May 1.
  2. Students must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  3. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.


Cancellations:
Students must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator (contact information above).

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology currently does not accept International Visiting Students.

OB GYN 681 – Gynecological Oncology Subspecialty

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Instructor: Dr. Renata Urban

OB/GYN 681 provides a four-week elective student experience in the area of reproductive tract malignancy. The student follows selected patients through primary surgery, recovery, and initial adjuvant treatment, as well as continuing treatment, in both clinic and inpatient settings. The objective is to develop a working understanding of the use of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in the treatment of patients. It is anticipated that you will primarily follow those patients whose surgery you attend. Your experience will be directed by the Gyn Oncology Fellow and Chief Resident, as well as the eight attending physicians.

Objectives:

  1. The student will understand basic components of the evaluation, counseling, and management of women with gynecologic masses as well as pre-malignant and malignant gynecologic conditions.
  2. Students will acquire basic surgical skills and be exposed to complex surgical procedures for treatment of gynecologic oncology patients.
  3. The student will describe adjuvant therapies used in the care of women with reproductive malignancies (i.e., chemotherapy and radiation therapy).
  4. The student will demonstrate skills in triage of multiple critical patients simultaneously, multi-tasking, working with multi-disciplinary teams in the care of gynecologic oncology patients.
  5. The student will appreciate the breadth and depth of the specialty of gynecologic oncology.
OB GYN 682 – Antenatal High Risk Obstetrics

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks

This four-week rotation is spent on the High-Risk Antenatal OB ward in clinic services. The student will round daily with the residents and attending staff, and is responsible for initial workups, daily laboratory evaluations, and the continuing care of the high-risk antepartum patients. Excellent coordination between the student, the OB chief resident, the antepartum OB resident, and the faculty is required to maintain continuity of patient care. In most cases, this rotation DOES NOT INCLUDE delivery or ON-CALL schedule, and it must not interfere with third-year student basic clerkship experience with normal OB patients. The student will arrange weekly conferences with the Antepartum attending and present at least one topic during the rotation.

Objectives:

  1. The student will understand the effect of common medical diseases on the course of pregnancy and the effect of pregnancy on the course of common medical diseases (i.e. hypertension, diabetes, collagen vascular disease, cardiac disease, asthma, etc).
  2. The student will identify multiple causes of preterm birth, be able to evaluate patients with threatened preterm labor, and discuss the treatment options, and counseling that is relevant for patients with this condition.
  3. The student will demonstrate the ability to manage diabetes in pregnancy.
  4. The student will demonstrate skills in triage of multiple critical patients simultaneously, multi-tasking, working with multi-disciplinary teams in antepartum care.
  5. The student will appreciate the breadth and depth of the specialty of perinatal medicine.


Education Administrator: Michelle Ting 
Phone: 206.685.1601
Email: mting@uw.edu
Box 359608

Block Calendar:
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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Education Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. Please upload a copy of CV, USMLE/COMLEX scores, most recent medical school transcript and letter of reference from home institution to VSAS with your application. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete.
  5. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.
  6. Placement in an elective in Ophthalmology does not guarantee an interview for the Ophthalmology Residency Program.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Education Administrator.

Course # OPHTH 681 – HMC/UW Eye Institute

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2-4 Weeks
Instructor: Francis
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing

The student will participate in the diagnosis and management of commonly-seen eye diseases; sub-specialty clinics will include cornea, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, contact lenses, and strabismus. Student attends regularly scheduled grand rounds, didactic lectures, conferences in ophthalmic basic and clinical science. Students also gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common ocular disorders. Basic examination techniques include tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy (slit lamp).

Enrollment: 3 students

Course # OPHTH 683 – Children’s-Seattle

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Weiss/Baran
Prerequisites: Contact department prior to applying to obtain permission. Prerequisite of at least one prior ophthalmology rotation.Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing.

The student will examine and observe treatment of children with ocular diseases and will learn to differentiate trivial from potentially blinding disorders.

Enrollment: 1 student (by department permission only)

Course # OPHTH 685 – VAPSHCS

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks
Instructor: Lam
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing. Elective must be scheduled no later than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the clerkship.

The student will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical ocular disease. This clerkship includes outpatient examinations, inpatient surgery, as well as neuro-ophthalmological, retinal and glaucoma consultations. Student learns basic techniques involved in tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy of the eye.

Enrollment: 1 student

Course # OPHTH 686 – GHC

Offered: A, W, Sp – 2 Weeks
Instructors: Gorman/Brandt
Prerequisites: Completion of basic science curriculum, third or fourth year medical student standing

The student will work with clinical faculty in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases commonly seen in outpatients. Each week the student will be assigned to the Group Health Cooperative ophthalmologist responsible for the care of walk-in and urgent patients (most likely to demonstrate findings pertinent to the future practice of primary care physicians). There will be an opportunity to learn examination techniques including tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy.

Enrollment: 1 student

Course # OPHTH 695 – Advanced Ophthalmology Clerkship – Harborview Medical Center, 4 West Clinic, Seattle

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks
Instructors: Francis

Prerequisites: Fourth-year medical students. Department/site permission only. Must have previously completed an ophthalmology clerkship.

The student will participate in the diagnosis and management of commonly-seen eye diseases; Student attends regularly scheduled grand rounds, didactic lectures, conferences in ophthalmic basic and clinical science. Student also gains in depth experience in the diagnosis and treatment of common ocular disorders. Students should be familiar with basic examination techniques such as tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy (slit lamp).

Enrollment: 1 student


Clerkship Administrator: Christine Pallasigui
Phone: 206.744.4927
Email: cptin5@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. Supplemental materials include: a copy of the student’s CV/Resume, a copy of the student’s USMLE Step 1 Scores (a minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 235 is required).​ No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

Course # ORTHP 676 – Pediatric Orthopaedics / Seattle Children's

Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks

Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

This is a full-time, four-week clerkship at Seattle Children’s devoted exclusively to the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal problems of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Comparison of children with fairly straightforward developmental variations to those with extensive, total body, multisystem deformities such as cerebral palsy and spinal bifida is the essence of this rotation. An appreciation of normal variations and natural history of structural deformities in children is stressed. This is particularly useful to students planning a career in pediatrics or family medicine in addition to those interested in orthopedic surgery as a career. An appreciation for timing of orthopaedic procedures in relationship to normal childhood development, and an appreciation of the effects of development and maturation on procedures carried out in childhood are developed. In addition to active participation in the many and varied outpatient clinics, students will participate in workup and care of the inpatients. Attendance at operative procedures is encouraged but not mandatory. Taking call is optional. Attendance at the many weekly didactic teaching sessions is required.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 677 P – Musculoskeletal Trauma / Harborview Medical Center

Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks

Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

Instruction takes place at Harborview Medical Center and involves general orthopaedics but is weighted toward musculoskeletal trauma. It is geared to third- and fourth-year students. Students are assigned to one of the three orthopaedic teams with a one-in-three call schedule. When their team is on call, they will be expected to spend time seeing and treating patients in the emergency room, following them to the ward and possibly to the operating room. In this way, they will learn the basics of treating acute trauma. On the days when they are not on call, they will spend their time primarily in the various clinics where faculty subspecialty interests (hand, hip, spine, foot and knee) are reflected in the patient population present in the clinic. Here the emphasis will be placed on musculoskeletal examination and treatment. They will also attend cast clinics where instruction will be given in casting and splinting techniques. Attending rounds will be made separately each week with the students emphasizing the patients they are following. Presentations on various aspects of trauma care are given regularly.

Enrollment: 4 students per 4 week rotation (2 additional slots for visiting students)

Course # ORTHP 678 P – Musculoskeletal Oncology / UWMC & Seattle Children's

Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks

Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

In-depth experience on musculoskeletal oncology service with primary involvement in initial evaluation, staging, treatment, and postoperative follow-up of patients with various musculoskeletal malignancies. The oncology rotation for medical students provides a basic understanding of the incidence of sarcomas and metastatic adenocarcinomas in adults and children.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 680 – General Orthopaedic Clerkship / VAMC

Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks

Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

This is a full-time, four week clerkship at Seattle’s Veterans Administration Hospital. It is structured to provide a basic education in the fundamentals of the musculoskeletal system. Heavy emphasis is placed on the reconstructive alternatives in the treatment of degenerative joint diseases. This must be done in-person. No students are allowed to rotate at the VA without a VA badge. Visiting students must go through a credentialing process at least 4-6 weeks before their rotation begins. Please contact the Administrator at cptin5@uw.edu.

Enrollment: 2 students per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 681 – Sports Medicine Orthopaedic / UWMC & Sports Medicine Center

Clerkship Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

When the clerkship is completed, the student will be able to perform and present a history and directed physical exam of patients presenting with sports-related musculoskeletal complaints. Recite a differential diagnosis for shoulder pain in the active patient (with and without a history of injury) and describe the differential diagnosis for patients presenting with post-traumatic hemarthosis of the knee. List the common treatment recommendations for patient with patellofemoral pain. Describe the expected history and physical findings in a patient with tendonitis, stress fracture, torn meniscus, ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, shoulder dislocation, AC separation and ankle sprain.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 684 P- Spine Surgery / Harborview Medical Center

Clerkship Offered: AWSpS - 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

This course is preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency and operative orthopaedic care. Students will work with the faculty in the Spine Service which specializes in adult reconstructive spine surgery, with a goal to maintain the highest standards of care in the evaluation and management of all patients with spinal disorders. This goal applies to education and research activities of the Spine Service in addition to providing state-of-the-art direct patient care. You will have an opportunity to participate in each aspect of this mission.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 685 P-Adult Reconstruction Total Joint Service / Northwest Hospital

Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

Preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and operative orthopaedic care. Students work with faculty in the Total Joint Service which specializes in lower extremity adult reconstructive surgery, including: complex primary hip/knee arthroplasty; less invasive approaches to hip/knee arthroplasty; revision hip/knee arthroplasty; periacetabular and proximal femoral osteotomy; osteotomy about the knee; and hip arthroscope.

Enrollment: 2 students per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 687 P- Shoulder and Elbow / UWMC

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

Preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and operative orthopaedic care. Work with the faculty in the Shoulder and Elbow Service, which provides comprehensive evaluation and management for a wide range of shoulder and elbow problems, including: arthritis, dislocation or instability, fractures, rotator cuff/tendon tears, joint stiffness, and unsuccessful previous surgery.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation


Clerkship Administrator: Rebekah Smith
Phone: 206.543.5662
Email: otoadmin@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

Course 680 – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery UW

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2/4 Weeks, 4/8 credits
Instructor: Futran
Prerequisites: Completion of Internal Medicine or Surgery required third year clerkship is strongly recommended, third or fourth year medical student standing.

The four-week rotation option is intended for the student who has a particular interest in otolaryngology.

Goals, this rotation is designed to allow the student to:

  • Develop an introductory knowledge in general otolaryngology including the subspecialties of head & neck cancer, laryngology, maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, sinus disorders, otology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
  • Develop an understanding of the directed history required in otolaryngology
  • Develop an understanding and ability to perform a dedicated head and neck exam
  • Develop an understanding of peri-operative issues in otolaryngology patients through direct involvement with inpatient management
  • Develop an understanding of head and neck anatomy through observing/participating in operative and in-office procedures.

Objectives, at the completion of this rotation, the student will be able to:

  • During the clerkship, students should be able to identify and describe the most common surgical problems unique to the relevant specialty (tonsillitis & peritonsillar abscess, sinusitis, sleep disorders, head & neck cancer, laryngeal & airway disorders, hoarseness, salivary gland disorders).
  • Within the given specialty, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a focused history and physical examination emphasizing ear, nose & sinus, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, neck.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students will be able to identify conditions that warrant referral to the relevant specialty (head & neck infection, hoarseness, airway disorders, head & neck, cancer, sinusitis, sleep disorder, neck mass).
  • In the operating room and/or clinic, students will be able to demonstrate and sharpen skills in basic surgical techniques such as knot-typing, suturing and limited dissection.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students should be able to list the use of appropriate imaging studies for that specialty.
  • Demonstrate through presentation to faculty, the ability to develop a differential diagnosis for the patients they interview and examine.
  • Demonstrate through intraoperative discussion, a basic understanding of normal head and neck anatomy through directed reading throughout the rotation.
  • Be able to describe the initial medical treatments employed in acute and chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, epistaxis, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, hoarseness and stridor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the otolaryngologist works with other professionals in facilitating and coordinating patient care.

Schedule:

All rotations are from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, which includes morning and evening rounds with the resident team. Clinic/operating room schedules vary among rotations. All students will attend Wednesday teaching conferences at University Hospital. No mandatory on call. Any absences from daily work hours must be cleared with the attending prior to planned leave.

Enrollment: 2 students, visiting students require permission from department.

Course 681 – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery HMC

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2/4 Weeks, 4/8 credits
Instructor: Sardesai
Prerequisites: Completion of Internal Medicine or Surgery required third year clerkship is strongly recommended, third or fourth year medical student standing

The four-week rotation option is intended for the student who has a particular interest in otolaryngology.

Goals: This rotation is designed to allow the student to:

  • Develop an introductory knowledge in general otolaryngology including the subspecialties of head & neck cancer, laryngology, maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, sinus disorders, otology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
  • Develop an understanding of the directed history required in otolaryngology
  • Develop an understanding and ability to perform a dedicated head and neck exam
  • Develop an understanding of peri-operative issues in otolaryngology patients through direct involvement with inpatient management
  • Develop an understanding of head and neck anatomy through observing/participating in operative and in-office procedures.

Objectives: At the completion of this rotation, the student will be able to:

  • During the clerkship, students should be able to identify and describe the most common surgical problems unique to the relevant specialty (tonsillitis & peritonsillar abscess, sinusitis, sleep disorders, head & neck cancer, laryngeal & airway disorders, hoarseness, salivary gland disorders).
  • Within the given specialty, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a focused history and physical examination emphasizing ear, nose & sinus, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, neck.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students will be able to identify conditions that warrant referral to the relevant specialty (head & neck infection, hoarseness, airway disorders, head & neck, cancer, sinusitis, sleep disorder, neck mass).
  • In the operating room and/or clinic, students will be able to demonstrate and sharpen skills in basic surgical techniques such as knot-typing, suturing and limited dissection.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students should be able to list the use of appropriate imaging studies for that specialty.
  • Demonstrate through presentation to faculty, the ability to develop a differential diagnosis for the patients they interview and examine.
  • Demonstrate through intraoperative discussion, a basic understanding of normal head and neck anatomy through directed reading throughout the rotation.
  • Be able to describe the initial medical treatments employed in acute and chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, epistaxis, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, hoarseness and stridor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the otolaryngologist works with other professionals in facilitating and coordinating patient care.

Schedule:
All rotations are from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, which includes morning and evening rounds with the resident team. Clinic/operating room schedules vary among rotations. All students will attend Wednesday teaching conferences at University Hospital. No mandatory on call. Any absences from daily work hours must be cleared with the attending prior to planned leave.

Enrollment: 1 student, visiting students require permission from department.

Course 682 – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - VA

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2/4 Weeks, 4/8 credits
Instructor: Coltrera

Prerequisites: Completion of Internal Medicine or Surgery required third year clerkship is strongly recommended, third or fourth year medical student standing

The four-week rotation option is intended for the student who has a particular interest in otolaryngology.

Goals: This rotation is designed to allow the student to:

  • Develop an introductory knowledge in general otolaryngology including the subspecialties of head & neck cancer, laryngology, maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, sinus disorders, otology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
  • Develop an understanding of the directed history required in otolaryngology
  • Develop an understanding and ability to perform a dedicated head and neck exam
  • Develop an understanding of peri-operative issues in otolaryngology patients through direct involvement with inpatient management
  • Develop an understanding of head and neck anatomy through observing/participating in operative and in-office procedures.

Objectives: At the completion of this rotation, the student will be able to:

  • During the clerkship, students should be able to identify and describe the most common surgical problems unique to the relevant specialty (tonsillitis & peritonsillar abscess, sinusitis, sleep disorders, head & neck cancer, laryngeal & airway disorders, hoarseness, salivary gland disorders).
  • Within the given specialty, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a focused history and physical examination emphasizing ear, nose & sinus, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, neck.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students will be able to identify conditions that warrant referral to the relevant specialty (head & neck infection, hoarseness, airway disorders, head & neck, cancer, sinusitis, sleep disorder, neck mass).
  • In the operating room and/or clinic, students will be able to demonstrate and sharpen skills in basic surgical techniques such as knot-typing, suturing and limited dissection.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students should be able to list the use of appropriate imaging studies for that specialty.
  • Demonstrate through presentation to faculty, the ability to develop a differential diagnosis for the patients they interview and examine.
  • Demonstrate through intraoperative discussion, a basic understanding of normal head and neck anatomy through directed reading throughout the rotation.
  • Be able to describe the initial medical treatments employed in acute and chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, epistaxis, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, hoarseness and stridor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the otolaryngologist works with other professionals in facilitating and coordinating patient care.

Schedule:
All rotations are from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, which includes morning and evening rounds with the resident team. Clinic/operating room schedules vary among rotations. All students will attend Wednesday teaching conferences at University Hospital. No mandatory on call. Any absences from daily work hours must be cleared with the attending prior to planned leave.

Enrollment: 1 student, visiting students require permission from department

Course 684 – Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery SCH

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2/4 Weeks, 4/8 credits
Instructor: Horn
Prerequisites: Completion of Internal Medicine or Surgery required third year clerkship is strongly recommended, third or fourth year medical student standing

The four-week rotation option is intended for the student who has a particular interest in otolaryngology.

Goals: This rotation is designed to allow the student to:

  • Develop an introductory knowledge in general otolaryngology including the subspecialties of head & neck cancer, laryngology, maxillofacial trauma and reconstruction, sinus disorders, otology, and pediatric otolaryngology.
  • Develop an understanding of the directed history required in otolaryngology
  • Develop an understanding and ability to perform a dedicated head and neck exam
  • Develop an understanding of peri-operative issues in otolaryngology patients through direct involvement with inpatient management
  • Develop an understanding of head and neck anatomy through observing/participating in operative and in-office procedures.

Objectives: At the completion of this rotation, the student will be able to:

  • During the clerkship, students should be able to identify and describe the most common surgical problems unique to the relevant specialty (tonsillitis & peritonsillar​ abscess, sinusitis, sleep disorders, head & neck cancer, laryngeal & airway disorders, hoarseness, salivary gland disorders).
  • Within the given specialty, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to perform a focused history and physical examination emphasizing ear, nose & sinus, oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, neck.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students will be able to identify conditions that warrant referral to the relevant specialty (head & neck infection, hoarseness, airway disorders, head & neck, cancer, sinusitis, sleep disorder, neck mass).
  • In the operating room and/or clinic, students will be able to demonstrate and sharpen skills in basic surgical techniques such as knot-typing, suturing and limited dissection.
  • At the completion of the clerkship experience, students should be able to list the use of appropriate imaging studies for that specialty.
  • Demonstrate through presentation to faculty, the ability to develop a differential diagnosis for the patients they interview and examine.
  • Demonstrate through intraoperative discussion, a basic understanding of normal head and neck anatomy through directed reading throughout the rotation.
  • Be able to describe the initial medical treatments employed in acute and chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, epistaxis, sudden sensorineural hearing loss, hoarseness and stridor.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the otolaryngologist works with other professionals in facilitating and coordinating patient care.

Schedule:
All rotations are from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, which includes morning and evening rounds with the resident team. Clinic/operating room schedules vary among rotations. All students will attend Wednesday teaching conferences at University Hospital. No mandatory on call. Any absences from daily work hours must be cleared with the attending prior to planned leave.

Enrollment: 1 student, visiting students require permission from department.


Clerkship Administrator: Anna Nolin
Phone: 206.616.9343​
​​Email: pthclerk@uw​.edu

​Website: Pathology Academic Programs Courses Homepage

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Schedule (detailed above). You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates.

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellation: ​
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

PATH 676 P - Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Spokane

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 or 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director: Sanjay Logani, MD

The student will rotate through the Providence Sacred Heart laboratory to orient him/her to the work-flow and observe the pathologist as they perform frozen sections, gross examination, microscopic examination and autopsy pathology as part of their daily responsibilities. Students will attend tumor boards and other relevant conferences to observe how pathology integrates with clinical medicine. In addition, the student will likely rotate to InCyte Pathology and Holy Family Hospital to accomplish some of the training objectives. Approximately 75% of the student's time will be spent on anatomic pathology and the remainder will be spent at the medical examiner's office with Dr. Aiken.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.

PATH 677 P - Neuropathology - Harborview Medical Center

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third year medical student standing.
Contact: Clerkship Director, Luis Gonzales-Cuyer, MD
Email: luisgonz@uw.edu

Goals: Participation in dissection and study of neuropathology cases. Students will work up cases under senior staff, including dissection, microscopic examination and literature review. Attendance at neuropathology conferences and seminars is expected.

Objectives, by the end of this rotation, students should be able to:

  • Have a general understanding of neuropathology practice and mechanisms of neurological diseases.
  • Perform gross descriptions and dissect common neuropathologic specimens.
  • Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for common neuropathologic specimens and a diagnostic approach toward determining correct diagnoses.
  • Determine when expert consultation is needed for complex cases and to appropriately use these resources.
  • Produce comprehensive and accurate pathology reports for neuropathology cases.
  • Present a clinical pathologic didactic presentation on a subject relevant to neuropathology practice or research.
PATH 680 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - UW Medical Center

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Science Curriculum, at least 6 months of third-year clerkships (including medicine, surgery and/or pediatrics (exceptions require approval from Course Director(s), contact Clerkship Administrator)
Course Directors: Maria Westerhoff, MD

Medical student participation in dissection and study of autopsy and surgical pathology cases. Cases worked up under senior staff, including dissection, microscopic examination, and literature review. Attendance at pathology conferences and seminars are at the discretion of the clerkship director.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 681 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Harborview Medical Center

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director: Maria Tretiakova, MD, PhD

At Harborview Medical Center, students participate in the daily work of the pathology resident, with resident and attending pathologist supervision. A highlight of this multidisciplinary rotation is an emphasis on genitourinary pathology and cytopathology, exposure to neuropathology and forensic pathology, and integrating the knowledge of patient problems, clinical-pathological findings and potential translational research studies to better understand disease processes and treatment. The rotation could be individualized to the student's interests and may include visits to affiliated sites offering additional diagnostic or educational activities. Student schedule: 0800-1700h, Mon-Fri, except holidays. No on-call responsibility.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 682 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Offered: A, W, Sp – 4 Weeks, (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Director: Jeffery Virgin, MD, PhD

The Anatomic Pathology Service provides diagnostic care for patients who have a wide range of medical disorders. It uses various methods (e.g., gross observations, light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy) to examine specimens removed from living and deceased patients, then integrates the results of examinations with the knowledge of patient problems and basic human biology to better understand disease processes. Students on this rotation are exposed to all facets of our diagnostic methods, and are expected, in conjunction with a staff pathologist, to take some responsibility for the conduct of several autopsy examinations, if available.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 683 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - King County Medical Examiner’s Office

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Timothy Williams, MD

The medical student clerk will be able to participate in the activities of the Office to the degree that his/her abilities and interest allow. This may include observation of autopsies, performance (in part or in full) of autopsies, observation of scene investigation, and accompanying the pathologists to court. The autopsy material comprises a broad spectrum of pathology, including natural diseases and injuries of all sorts. All activities will be carried on under close staff supervision.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 687 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Seattle Children’s Hospital

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, (6 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Bonnie Cole, MD

The pediatric pathology clerkship at SCH is expressly intended for students seriously interested in a career in pediatrics, or pediatric pathology. Students have the opportunity to study a variety of pediatric diseases. Students may also use this time to initiate a clinical research project. There is ample time to attend departmental and hospital conferences.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department.

PATH 688 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Madigan Army Medical Center

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 6 weeks, (4 weeks optional)
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Course Directors: Jared Andrews (MAJ)
Email: jared.m.andrews4.mil@mail.mil

The clerkship is to provide an introduction to the practice of pathology in a general hospital. The standard rotation places the clerk with residents in surgical and possibly autopsy pathology. The clerk first observes and then takes part in the actual examination, description, dissection, and diagnosis of surgical tissues. If available during the clerkship, the clerk should complete at least one full autopsy under supervision. Full attendance at all academic conferences, slide conferences, clinical pathology conferences, and other departmental teaching conferences is expected. Clerks present surgical specimen findings, prepare for conferences, and will be called upon to give opinions and participate in all discussions. Reading and an inquisitive nature are required to maximize the value of the rotation. All of this is accomplished in a cordial atmosphere with hands-on guidance. Most clerks will spend 3-5 days on Clinical Pathology to provide exposure to other areas of Pathology, such as hematology, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and microbiology. The length of the rotation may be altered.

Enrollment: 1 per section; 2nd position with permission, contact the Clerkship Administrator.
Visiting students require permission from department. ​​​​​​


Clerkship Administrator: Sara Fear
Phone: 206.987.2008
Located: Seattle Children’s – Graduate Medical Education Office, OC.7.830
Email: medical.students@seattlechildrens.org

Block Calendar: Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials (current CV and letter of recommendation) to VSAS. See below for supplemental material requirements. No action will be taken on an application until it is complete. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  2. Availability cannot be given until 6 weeks prior to the rotation start date. Please do not send inquiries about availability.
  3. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.
  4. SPACE IS LIMITED. To increase chances of receiving an elective offer, students should apply for and rank multiple electives in VSAS.
  5. If space is available, students will be matched to open elective rotations and notified via VSAS no earlier than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the elective.
  6. All pediatric elective applicants must provide one letter of recommendation and a current CV. Your application will not be considered without these materials, which must be uploaded directly to VSAS. Letters of recommendation do not have to be from a pediatrician but should be from someone with whom you worked closely in a clinical setting. Letters of recommendation must be signed and on official letterhead.
  7. Placement in an elective in Pediatrics does not guarantee an interview for the Pediatrics Residency Program.

Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

​Funded fourth year medical student rotations in Pediatrics will be available at Seattle Children's Hospital from August (or July based on what we decide J) 2018 through December 2018 for qualified applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Funding includes up to $2500 for reimbursement of travel, housing, meals, and application fees. Please visit our website for more information.​

Course # 625 – Pediatric Emergency Medicine

4 weeks

Instructor: R. Burns
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkship

Students will gain a better understanding of the types of problems seen in a Pediatric Emergency Department and of the increased complexity when dealing with family units (parents in decision making role for their children) rather than just individual patients. Students are assigned to 15 or 18 eight-hour ED shifts and will prepare one morning presentation on an assigned emergency topic.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 669 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

2 or 4 Weeks

Instructor: D. Loren
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Course introduces students to diagnosis and management of critically ill newborn infants. Emphasis is placed on developing a rational problem-oriented approach to complex medical problems. Clinical experience will be available in problems relating to acid-base balance, respiratory failure, disorders of bilirubin metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, neonatal sepsis, temperature control, infant nutrition, and delivery room care of the neonate. There are daily attending rounds and formal teaching rounds held two times per week. Other conferences regularly scheduled are: roentgenographic interpretation three times per week; clinical/pathological conference once per week; discharge evaluation with long-term planning, once per week. The student works closely with the housestaff and is expected to spend every third night in the hospital. A 2-week experience is acceptable for an introduction to clinical problems; however, a 4-week program is preferable for students wishing to gain more extensive experience and background in this area. At the completion of this course, the student can expect to have 1) developed an appreciation for the problems associated with providing care for this population, 2) extensive opportunity to apply principles in basic physiology and biochemistry to rapidly changing clinical problems, 3) become acquainted with the major causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.

Enrollment: 2 students (held at University of Washington Medical Center)

Course # 670 – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Offered A, W, Sp – 4 Weeks, 8 credits
Instructor: S. Smith
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Students evaluate both in-house and outpatient consultations; these are discussed at daily rounds. Attendance is expected at the weekly infectious disease conference at Harborview and the bimonthly conference held at Seattle Children’s. Students are encouraged to assume as much responsibility as their training and experience permits.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 671 – Pediatric Endocrinology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Students spend most of their time in diabetes and endocrine clinics, Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 5:00. Participation in inpatient rounds and consults will be at the discretion of the attending. There are no night-time or week-end responsibilities. Medical students doing a 4-week rotation will give a short presentation (approximately 15 minutes) on a topic of their choice, usually centering on an interesting patient.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 677 – ​Pediatric Intensive Care

4 weeks
Instructor: M. Davis
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Students will be expected to manage patients with the supervision of the Pediatric Critical Care attending or fellow. Students will have the opportunity to manage patients with complex multisystem disease and learn key elements of acute resuscitation in the intensive care setting.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children's)

Course # 679 – Clinical Problems in Developmental Disabilities

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: S. Zinner
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Experience in interdisciplinary evaluation of a variety of developmentally disabled children living in the community is offered. Students participate by performing pediatric evaluations, by obtaining neurological dysmorphology, and other consultation, and by observing assessment by nonmedical specialists (e.g., psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, etc.). Different disciplines' contributions to the solution of the problems presented by developmentally disabled children and their families are emphasized with observation of several teams' approach to diagnosis and intervention.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at UWMC Center for Human Development and Disability)

Course # 681 – Pediatric Genetics

4 Weeks
Instructor: A. Sun​
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Focus on clinical evaluation and management of children with genetic disorders. There will be exposure to genetic counseling, to the evaluation of children with hereditary birth defects, and to the diagnosis and management of children with inborn errors of metabolism. Along with an emphasis on genetic mechanisms that cause human disease. Students work in three Medical Genetics Clinics (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday), respond to in-house consultation requests, attend rounds at Seattle Children’s and UWMC and seminars at UWMC (Wednesday, Friday).

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s and UWMC)

Course # 683 – Pediatric Nephrology

4 Weeks
Instructor: J. Symons
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

A pediatric nephrology clerkship at Seattle Children’s. It is a four-week elective for third- and fourth-year medical students who will see clinical pediatric nephrologic problems under close supervision. They participate in nephrology and transplant rounds, consultation with renal fellows and attendings, and work up patients in Renal Clinics. They also attend a series of seminars throughout the clerkship in which clerks at University-affiliated hospitals participate.

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 684 – Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

4 Weeks
Instructor: G. Redding
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships

Study of respiratory disorders, diagnostic techniques and treatments unique to children in the inpatient, intensive care and outpatient settings. Emphasis on applying principles of pulmonary physiology to clinical problems. Students conduct consultations under the supervision of the attending and present a topic of choice. Inpatient rounds and clinics.

Enrollment: 1 student (Held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 685 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: J. Rivers
Prerequisites: Pediatrics and Medicine Core Clerkships

Clerkship provides an introduction to the problems in children with malignant or hematologic disease. Didactic sessions are held four times weekly, in addition to "one-to-one" teaching with the Fellow or Attending Physician. Self-learning programs are available, as well as specific training in the techniques and interpretation of bone marrow aspirations, intravenous chemotherapy, transfusions, and the laboratory techniques of hematological evaluation. Clinics for patients with CNS tumors, musculoskeletal cancers, sickle cell disease and hematology are available.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children'​s)

Course # 686 – Pediatric Cardiology

2 or 4 Weeks
Instructor: T. Johnston
Prerequisite: Pediatrics Core Clerkship

Clerkship deals with both inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular problems in the pediatric age group. Emphasis will be on acquiring skills in physical diagnosis and electrocardiography. Observation of catheterizations and cardiovascular operations may be arranged at the option of the student. There are weekly cardiac clinics and rounds on inpatients with cardiovascular problems occurring daily.

The two-week option of this elective is not offered July through September.​​

Enrollment: 1 student (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 688 – Pediatric Rheumatology

4 weeks

Instructor: C. Sontheimer

Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Clinical elective in pediatric rheumatology. Students will be exposed to a wide range of pediatric rheumatologic diseases and have the opportunity to evaluate new patients, help work up and manage inpatients with complex multisystem disease and learn key elements of evaluation and treatment of childhood rheumatic diseases.​

​Course # 691 – Advanced Pediatric Clerkship (Sub-Internship)

4 Weeks
Instructor: A. Knight
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

Ward experience with direct involvement in patient care at Seattle Children’s The student will work under the supervision of residents or attending physicians, having comparable responsibilities for patient workup, diagnosis and care as an intern. Shift schedule: 3 weeks of days and 1 week of nights.

This elective is not offered July through October.​

Enrollment: 3 students (held at Seattle Children’s)

Course # 694 – Adolescent Medicine

4 weeks

Instructor: D. Breland

Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships

Elective in Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and area clinics. Students will be expected to manage patients with the supervision of attending physicians. Students will have the opportunity to manage adolescent patients in the outpatient setting and learn key elements of subspecialty care of adolescents.

Enrollment: 1 student


Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider
Phone: 206.744.3443
Email: gschneid@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Schedule (PDF). You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates. . If you have any questions about the application process or UW SoM requirements, please contact the Visiting Student Administrator, visitstu@uw.edu

To Apply:

  1. You must be a medical student. Medical graduates are not eligible to apply. We do not offer “Observerships” – all electives we offer are in VSAS.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.AND thesupplemental Department requirements​: CV; applicant statement and Letter of Recommendation.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. You must provide a current CV and one letter of recommendation, which must be uploaded directly to VSAS. Letters of recommendation should be from someone with whom you have worked closely in a clinical setting and should must specifically address why you would be a good candidate to do a psychiatry elective at the UW. Letters of recommendation must be signed and on official letterhead. Applications which do not have all required items included and complete will be treated as incomplete. Qualified medical students interested in any field are welcome to apply for Psychiatry electives. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete.
  5. Availability often cannot be determined until 4 weeks prior to the rotation start date.
  6. Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 4 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.
  7. Visiting students will be contacted about course scheduling in the order that their application was approved. Please expect a delay between when your application is approved and when you are contacted about scheduling.
  8. If you are offered enrollment, you will have 48 hours to accept or decline the elective(s) offered.
  9. A housing resource list will be available to students following enrollment.
  10. Absence Policy: All Psych electives are M-F only, no weekend or night shifts or call. This means that there is no opportunity to make up missed time. No time off is allowed from 2-week rotations, 1 day may be allowed from a 4-week rotation with advance permission from the Clerkship Director (not the course preceptor.) Students planning to do residency interviews or wanting time off for any other reason while they are in Seattle should schedule these for before or after their elective. Please contact Gayle Schneider (gschneid@uw.edu) if you have any questions about the absence policy.
  11. UW Psychiatry Residency Training Program: If you are interested in the UW Psychiatry Residency Training Program, you need to apply to it through ERAS and be offered an interview. Psychiatry electives are independent of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program. The University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a funded Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program designed to give fourth-year medical students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to experience the exceptional education in psychiatry offered by the University of Washington. For information about this program, please go to: https://sharepoint.washington.edu/uwpsychiatry/Education/MedicalSchool/Pages/SubinternshipDiversityScholarship.aspx
PBSCI 670 P – Clerkship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry UWMC

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: 1
Preceptor: Dr. ​Ryan Kimmel
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: UW Medical Center

Goals: Assessment of patients with major psychosocial problems associated with physical disease, including problems stemming from the way illness is perceived and experienced. Liaison with other clinical disciplines on complex diagnostic and treatment problems.

Objectives:

  • To recognize and demonstrate the differential diagnosis of the psychiatric conditions most commonly encountered in medical settings (e.g., delirium, dementia, depression, somatoform and factitious disorders, substance abuse and withdrawal).
  • To assess and describe behavioral conditions commonly seen on medical and surgical services (e.g., suicidal and homicidal threats, grief, anxiety, personality problems and pain).
  • To evaluate a patient hospitalized because of a suicide attempt or attempted self-harm and to assess risk of self-harm while on medical or surgical services, as well as the level of psychiatric care needed after discharge.
  • To adapt psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments for medically ill patients.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of legal issues involved in consultation psychiatry, particularly to help direct the treatment approach when a patient’s ability to make needed medical treatment decisions (e.g., competency or decisional capacity) is questioned.
  • To help non-psychiatric staff understand and manage psychiatric conditions in their patients.

Schedule:
Daily Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, no night or weekend call.
Daily assessment of patients and daily patient rounds with C-L team members.

Conferences:
Attend departmental conferences as time/patient load permit:
Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (one Friday per month).

Presentations: Presentation to C-L team members on topic of interest is optional.

Readings/texts: Multiple texts and teaching files are available in the C-L office.

Suggested readings include: UWMC Psychiatry Resident Consultation-Liaison Handbook.
Textbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Rundell and Wise).
Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry (Guthrie and Creed).

Evaluation:
By Faculty: The individual psychiatry Consultation-Liaison attending at the time the student does the rotation will provide the evaluation (psychiatry assessment form), in conjunction with the current psychiatry residents whom the student works with.

PBSCI 671 P – Clerkship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry HMC

Offered: AWSpS; 2/4 weeks.
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship
Total Enrollment: 2
Preceptor: Dr. Shaune DeMers
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center

Goals: The goal of the Consultation-Liaison rotation is to provide organized instruction and supervised clinical experience in the evaluation of psychiatric and/or behavioral problems in patients on medical and surgical services, and in effectively consulting with their health care providers regarding their clinical management.

Objectives:

  • To recognize and demonstrate the differential diagnosis of the psychiatric conditions most commonly encountered in medical settings (e.g., delirium, dementia, depression, somatoform and factitious disorders, substance abuse and withdrawal.)
  • To assess and describe behavioral conditions commonly seen on medical and surgical services (e.g., suicidal and homicidal threats, grief, anxiety, personality problems and pain).
  • To evaluate a patient hospitalized because of a suicide attempt or attempted self-harm and to assess risk of self-harm while on medical or surgical services, as well as the level of psychiatric care needed after discharge.
  • To adapt psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatments for medically ill patients.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of legal issues involved in consultation psychiatry, particularly to help direct the treatment approach when a patient’s ability to make needed medical treatment decisions (e.g., competency or decisional capacity) is questioned.
  • To help non-psychiatric staff understand and manage psychiatric conditions in their patients.

Schedule:
Daily Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm students will see patients with psychiatry residents. Depending on student skill level, they may see patients individually.

Ward rounds with C-L attending; 2:00 – 5:00 pm. daily During rounds, students will present the assigned patients, including recommendations and plans. There is no night or weekend call.

Conferences:
Attend departmental conferences as time/patient load permit: Monday - inpatient chief resident teaching seminar; Friday - faculty-resident teaching conference; HMC Psychiatry Grand Rounds.

Presentations:
Presentation to C-L team members on topic of interest is optional.

Readings/texts:
Multiple texts and teaching files are available in the C-L office at 5 East Clinic.
Suggested readings include:
HMC Psychiatry Resident Consultation-Liaison Handbook.
Textbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Rundell and Wise).
Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry (Guthrie and Creed).

Evaluation:
By Faculty: The individual psychiatry Consultation-Liaison attending at the time the student does the rotation will provide the evaluation (psychiatry assessment form), in conjunction with the current psychiatry residents whom the student works with.

PBSCI 672 P – Elective Clerkship in Primary Care Psychiatry at Boise VAMC

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: 1 ; open to visiting students interested in the Boise Psych Residency Prog.
Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Boise, ID

Goals/Objectives:

  • Students will learn about the assessment and treatment of patients with acute psychiatric problems in a primary care/rural setting.
  • Students learn how to provide consultation for general medicine and surgery settings.
  • Students will learn how to asses and deal with outpatient psychiatric problems as they initially present.
  • Students will learn evaluation techniques.
  • Students will learn crisis intervention strategies.
  • Students will learn psychopharmacology.
  • Students will learn brief therapies.

Schedule:
Opportunities to participate in satellite clinics in rural areas and Indian Health Service. Other participation negotiable depending on interest and experience.

Conferences: Clinical care conferences.

Presentations: Presentation of a specific clinical area to the treatment team is an option.

Readings/texts:
The Care of the Psychiatric Patient, Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., 2nd edition, 1998.

Evaluation: Evaluation of student is mainly by attending with input from other staff. Same general form as for psychiatry clerkships.

Other: Student is responsible for providing their own housing and vehicle.

PBSCI 673 P – Outpatient Psychiatry Elective

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship
Total Enrollment: 1
Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center and 401 Broadway OR Seattle VAMC

Goals:

  • To develop skills in acute diagnosis, assessment, and crisis intervention for urgent care psychiatric complaints, as well as for those with combined drug/alcohol problems.
  • To develop skills in medication management, psychosocial support, and teamwork in managing severely mentally ill patients.

Objectives:

  • Students will be able to conduct diagnostic interviews.
  • Students will be able to initiate and manage pharmacotherapeutic treatment regimens appropriate to patient problems.
  • Students facilitate co-therapy in groups under the supervision of attendings, resident and other trained staff.
  • Students provide crisis intervention under the supervision of attendings, resident and other trained staff.

Conferences:
Monthly Psychiatry Grand Rounds at HMC.
HMC Psychiatry Friday Faculty-Resident teaching conferences.
Clinical care conferences in each clinical unit.

Presentations:

  1. Patient presentation to attendings.
  2. Option to present a topic to the multidisciplinary team.

Readings/texts:
The Care of the Psychiatric Patient. Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., 2nd edition, 1998.
Reading provided in rotation.

Evaluation:
Fully clinical: attending rating with input from multidisciplinary team members outlined on the Psychiatry Clinical Assessment form which includes a descriptive narrative of performance.

PBSCI 678 P – Clerkship in Psychiatric Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation at American Lake VA

Offered: Currently not available, no preceptor.

PBSCI 680 P – Clerkship in Emergency Psychiatry

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks. ​
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: 1 per 4 weeks.
Preceptor: Dr. Paul Borghesani
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center

Goals:
To provide organized instruction and supervised clinical experience in emergency psychiatry. Emphasis on clinical evaluation, acute management, and treatment planning for individual patients.

Objectives:

  • Show in an interview establishment of rapport with acutely disturbed patients.
  • Outline elements of dangerousness in a patient who was assessed.
  • Outline medical, neurological, and physiological causes for observed psychiatric symptoms.
  • Demonstrate why inpatient care is required rather than outpatient (and vice versa) after interview of a patient and review of data base.
  • Discuss patient data base and assessment in complete and succinct manner.

Schedule:
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the Psychiatric Emergency Services area at Harborview Medical Center. No night or weekend call.

Conferences:
Mondays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Chief Resident’s conference (as workload permits).
Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Friday teaching conference (as workload permits).

Readings/texts:
Articles and textbooks available in the PES(Psych Emergency Services) Unit.
The Care of the Psychiatric Patient, second edition, Richard J. Goldberg, M.D.

Evaluation:
By faculty: “Evaluation of Student Performance in the Clinical Curriculum” form and in descriptive narrative of performance.

Conjoint 680 P – Introduction to Detoxification and Rehabilitation Programs for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

Offered: AWSpS; 2/4 weeks – 2 weeks preferred.
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship
Total Enrollment: 1 student maximum at any time
Preceptor: Joseph Reoux, M.D.
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid​@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: VAPSHCS – Seattle (Seattle VA)

Goals:
A supervised introduction to alcohol and drug detoxification and rehabilitation as they apply to the general physician. The student will have supervised clinical experience in a variety of addiction treatment programs, which will be accompanied by a core series of discussions. Students with particular interest in psychiatry may choose to spend most of the rotation in the Addictions Treatment Center and focus on the therapeutic/intervention process.

Objectives:

  • The student will be able to list DSM-V criteria for substance related disorders.
  • The student will be able to outline methods of detoxification for alcohol, opioids, and stimulants.
  • The student will participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning and describe the advantages to patients of such collaboration.
  • Observe/participate in addiction treatment group therapy.
  • Become familiar with medications for relapse prevention such as naltrexone and disulfiram, and demonstrate an understanding of the indications and dosages of these medications.
  • Develop a broad perspective on the range of bio-psycho-social-spiritual resources available for addiction treatment and relapse prevention and be able to describe them.

Schedule:
Week one, Mon - Fri: 8:15 - 9 am Treatment team meeting.
9 - 9:30 am Check in/out rounds.
9:45 am - 2 pm Treatment groups.
2:30 - 3 pm Check in/out round.
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Patient assessments.

Week 2, Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm Site visits (students arrange times for site visits with the
particular programs they are interested in visiting; this is at the discretion of the particular program).

Weeks 3-8, Mon - Fri: 8 am - 4:30 pm Combination of the above tailored to meet the individual student’s educational goals. Degree of focus can vary, but generally it will include increased responsibility for the direct management of the ongoing medical and psychiatric care for assigned individual patients and, if desired, an opportunity for the expanded role in the psychoeducational treatment modalities.

Conferences:
• Daily (M-F) treatment team meetings.
• 2x daily (M-F) medical-nursing “check in/out rounds.”
• Inpatient and outpatient treatment groups.
• Site visits to 4 to 8 addiction treatment related programs in the community.

Presentations:
• Perform H&P, write admission orders, and decide detoxification strategy for at least 1 patient admitted to the inpatient addiction treatment program.
• Perform or observe at least 1 screening assessment for prescribing medication for relapse prevention.
• Complete a brief summary paper describing, comparing, and contrasting the community programs visited.

Readings/texts:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
Addiction treatment related literature distributed during clerkship.

Evaluation:
By faculty: “Evaluation of Student Performance in the Clinical Curriculum” form and in descriptive narrative of performance.

Other: Student will need to complete all required VA paperwork, HR appointment, and be fingerprinted before starting this rotation. Failure to do this by deadline given will result in cancellation of elective.

PBSCI 688 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
Prerequisite: Permission by preceptor required. Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: Variable.
Faculty Contact: Dr. Heidi Combs
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle VA Medical Center

Goals: Students will function as interns under the supervision of house staff and attending psychiatrists. Further development of the diagnostic and therapeutic skills will be emphasized. Special areas of interest such as family intervention, substance abuse, psychoses, neuropsychiatry, community psychiatry, administration, research, etc., may be pursued.

Objectives:

  • Be able to make assessments of immediate risk for violence and suicide of inpatients and appropriate interventions.
  • Be able to outline a thorough differential diagnosis.
  • Be able to manage patient care including writing orders, determining appropriate laboratory and other testing.
  • Be able to interface with a multidisciplinary team for effective patient care.
  • Be able to determine and put into place effective outpatient plans.
  • Be able to interface effectively with other treating health professionals.
  • Be able to document care and complete discharge summaries that are accurate, coherent, and succinct.

Conferences:
Monthly Psychiatry Grand Rounds at HMC.
HMC Psychiatry Friday Faculty-Resident teaching conferences.
Clinical care conferences in each clinical unit.

Presentations: One presentation of a patient-related topic to the treatment team; daily rounds presentation about patients cared for.

Readings/texts: The Care of the Psychiatric Patient. Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., 2nd edition, 1998.
Reading provided in rotation.

Evaluation: Fully clinical: attending rating with input from multidisciplinary team members outlined on the Psychiatry Clinical Assessment form which includes a descriptive narrative of performance.

PBSCI 689 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry – Spokane

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
Prerequisite: Permission by preceptor required. Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: Variable.
Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center, Seattle VA Medical Center, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane

Goals: Students will function as interns under the supervision of house staff and attending psychiatrists. Further development of the diagnostic and therapeutic skills will be emphasized. Special areas of interest such as family intervention, substance abuse, psychoses, neuropsychiatry, community psychiatry, administration, research, etc., may be pursued.

Objectives:

  • Be able to make assessments of immediate risk for violence and suicide of inpatients and appropriate interventions.
  • Be able to outline a thorough differential diagnosis.
  • Be able to manage patient care including writing orders, determining appropriate laboratory and other testing.
  • Be able to interface with a multidisciplinary team for effective patient care.
  • Be able to determine and put into place effective outpatient plans.
  • Be able to interface effectively with other treating health professionals.
  • Be able to document care and complete discharge summaries that are accurate, coherent, and succinct.

Seattle Conferences:
Monthly Psychiatry Grand Rounds at HMC.
HMC Psychiatry Friday Faculty-Resident teaching conferences.
Clinical care conferences in each clinical unit.

Presentations: One presentation of a patient-related topic to the treatment team; daily rounds presentation about patients cared for.

Readings/texts: The Care of the Psychiatric Patient. Richard J. Goldberg, M.D., 2nd edition, 1998. Reading provided in rotation.

Evaluation: Fully clinical: attending rating with input from multidisciplinary team members outlined on the Psychiatry Clinical Assessment form which includes a descriptive narrative of performance.

Other:Student doing this rotation at the SVAMC will need to complete all required VA paperwork, HR appointment, and be fingerprinted before starting this rotation. Failure to do this by deadline given will result in cancellation of elective.

PBSCI 689 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry – Spokane

For students interested in the Spokane Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Students are expected to provide their own housing and transportation.​

PBSCI 695 P – Advanced Clerkship in Child Psychiatry, CSTC Location

Offered: AWSpS; 2/4 weeks full-time.
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: 2 at any time.
Preceptor: Dr. Mick Storck, (206) 469-6282, storck@uw.edu
Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
Clerkship Site: Child Study and Treatment Center, Lakewood, WA

Objectives: At the end of the clerkship, the student will be able to:

  • Conduct a complete psychiatric interview with a child or adolescent and his family
  • Formulate a diagnosis for children and adolescents
  • Develop a biopsychosocial formulation taking into account the issues salient for children and adolescents
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment care plan
  • Effectively communicate the results of the assessment and treatment plan to the family, child or adolescent
  • Communicate and work effectively with other treating professionals.

Conferences:​ Clinical care conferences in each of the clinical sites (inpatient and outpatient).

Readings/texts: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Text. Melvin Lewis, M.D., editor.

By Faculty: Evaluation of student is mainly by psychiatry attending, with input from other faculty and staff whom the student works with in this rotation. The completed “Evaluation of Student Performance in the Clinical Curriculum” form includes a descriptive narrative of performance.

Other: Lakewood is approximately 80 minutes from Seattle. Student will need a vehicle for this elective. Students generally spend one day per week at Seattle Children's and must be credentialed by SC in advance in order to participate in this elective. Failure to provide requested information and/or complete online training will result in cancellation of this elective. Additional paperwork and background check will be required by the Child Study & Treatment Center.

PBSCI 696 P – Advanced Clerkship in Child Psychiatry

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks full-time.
Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship.
Total Enrollment: 1 or 2 per 4/6 weeks.

Preceptor: Dr. Shannon Simmons

Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu

Clerkship Site: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Goals: This clerkship is an introduction to child and adolescent psychiatry for fourth-year medical students who have taken the general psychiatry core clerkship. It provides students an opportunity to participate in evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents in a number of settings, including an acute inpatient psychiatric unit and consultation/liaison service at Seattle Children’s Hospital and outpatient child psychiatry clinic at Lake City.

Experiences in outpatient and specialized clinics are also available, with an opportunity to visit other child and adolescent mental health programs, including Child Study and Treatment Center in Tacoma, the children’s wing of Western State Hospital, and Echo Glen, a facility for incarcerated youth.

Students will work closely with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry resident both on the IPU and in the OPD. At the end of the clerkship, the student will be able to assess psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents and to be familiar with a biopsychosocial approach to treatment.

Objectives:

  • Student will be able to interview a child or adolescent and his family and formulate a diagnosis, an assessment of need for care and a treatment approach and describe them to the family, the child or adolescent, and other care givers.
  • Student will be able to discuss a biopsychosocial formulation of child or adolescent interviews.

Conferences: Clinical care conferences in each of the clinical sites (inpatient and outpatient).

Readings/texts: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Text. Melvin Lewis, M.D., editor.

Evaluation: Evaluation by attending with input from multidisciplinary team members outlined on the Psychiatry Clinical Assessment form which includes a descriptive narrative of performance.

Other: Students must be credentialed by Seattle Children's in advance in order to participate in this elective. Failure to provide requested information and/or complete online training will result in cancellation of this elective.


Clerkship Administrator: Jaydee Ocon
Phone: 206.598.4121
Email: jocon@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with the UW SOM 4 week Clinical Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). There are no exceptions to these scheduled dates.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete.
  2. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  3. Availability cannot be given until 6 weeks prior to the rotation start date. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator with inquires.
  4. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  5. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.


Total Enrollment: 6
Max Credits: 8
Preceptor: Dr. Ermoian
Prerequisites: Completion of Internal Medicine required third year clerkship, Third or Fourth Year Medical Student standing

We welcome any medical student interested in learning more about the field, regardless of whether s/he has chosen radiation oncology as a career. Rotations are 4-week blocks during which medical students work with our faculty and residents as well as participate in our didactic sessions in a structured manner. For those anticipating applying for radiation oncology residency, it is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the department and get a feel of our residency program.

Participation in the clinical management of patients with cancer, emphasizing a multi-modality approach. Includes clinical assessment, planning of radiation treatment, and follow-up evaluation of patients. Special procedures include three-dimensional treatment planning, implant brachytherapy and intraoperative radiation. Daily teaching conferences with faculty and residents. At the end of the rotation each student is expected to do a presentation at one of the didactic sessions.


Clerkship Administrator: Robin Boland
Phone: 206.543.1032
E-mail: anesstu@uw.edu

Block Calendar: 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).

To Apply:

  1. Please contact Clerkship Administrator for availability and permission to apply.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancellations: You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Administrator.

Course # 681 – Advanced Clerkship in Anesthesiology

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks, 8 credits
Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Science Curriculum and third year medical student standing

Course description: http://depts.washington.edu/anesth/education/clerkships/index.shtml

The goal of this clerkship is to provide an in-depth and comprehensive view of the role of physician-anesthesiologist in the preoperative evaluation and preparation of critically ill surgical patients, and in the intraoperative and postoperative management of patients undergoing major surgery, such as cardiac or neurosurgical operations. The clerkship will be of interest to students considering Anesthesiology as a career.

Enrollment: 2 students, Visiting students require permission from department.

International Visiting Medical Students (Non-U.S. and Non-Canadian)

Legal restrictions of the UWSOM limit the number of international students who may enroll as visiting students. For this reason, and others related to immigration law and malpractice insurance, the Office of Academic Affairs closely monitors the policies and procedures set forth below.

At this time, it is the policy of the UWSOM not to accept international medical students for visiting elective clinical course work, except at the special request of a UWSOM faculty member who wishes to sponsor the international student and arrange the clinical rotations for the student. Without an approved sponsor, international medical students may not apply for elective clinical course work.

Typically such sponsorship by faculty is based on a pre-existing relationship with the student (students who do not currently have a pre-existing relationship with a UWSOM faculty member are discouraged from soliciting faculty for sponsorship).

Students

Policies and Procedures for International Visiting Medical Students

  • International visiting students are limited to a total of twelve consecutive weeks of clinical course work. Due to limited capacity in the clinical curriculum, the UWSOM cannot guarantee enrollment in requested electives.
  • International visiting students must be in good academic standing at their schools and must be in the final year of their medical school training.
  • Students from international medical schools who are not United States citizens must obtain the appropriate visa according to immigration law. Students from countries that are part of the U.S. State Department's Visa Waiver Program must apply through ESTA (the Electronic System for Travel Authorization). Students from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program must apply for a B1 visa, once their application has been approved and they have been offered a clerkship. Due to delays in obtaining visas, visiting international students must apply at least six months in advance of the desired clinical elective start date.
  • Tuition for each four-week clerkship is $5000 plus a $44 non-refundable registration fee. Credit is awarded through the home institution, not the University of Washington.
  • Visiting international students must provide proof of professional liability insurance in the amount of $1 million "per occurrence." If the home school does not provide coverage, students will need to purchase a policy that covers them for the duration of their clerkship at UWSOM. Review this checklist to see what kind of coverage is needed.
  • Visiting international students must also provide proof of personal health insurance coverage, immunizations and universal precautions training.
  • International students for whom English is not their primary language must also show proof of English language proficiency. English language proficiency may be demonstrated by passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 is recommended for students who will be engaged in patient care activities.

Faculty

Sponsor Letter to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Obtaining a letter from a UWSOM faculty sponsor is the first step of the application process. It is expected that the UWSOM faculty member and the student have some pre-existing personal or professional relationship. If a student does not have a faculty sponsor, the student will be unable to pursue the application process.

The faculty member is required to write a letter of support to the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs expressing their willingness to serve as the sponsor for a specific international student and to arrange for that student’s elective clerkship rotation.

The sponsor letter is reviewed by the Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs who will approve or deny the faculty sponsor request. The sponsor and student will both be notified of the Vice Dean’s decision regarding the outcome. No application materials will be sent to the student prior to sponsorship approval. If the sponsorship is approved, a letter and copies of application materials and requirements will be sent to the student and faculty sponsor.

Completion of Application and Faculty Sponsorship Request Letter:

The student is responsible for completing required forms and for submitting all requested application materials in a timely manner.

The sponsorship request and application process must be initiated six - eight months in advance of desired visit dates. This is a two-part application process. The primary half of the application process is with the UWSOM. Once completed and approved, the School of Medicine will forward materials to the departments, which will initiate the second part of the application process, including input of student information into SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).

The UW School of Medicine faculty sponsorship request letter should include:

  • ​A description of the sponsor’s relationship with the student - personal or professional, length of time, etc.
  • The student’s mailing address and e-mail address.
  • Information on the student’s academic background, level of clinical skills, attributes, suitability for participation in the elective clerkship(s) requested, and other relevant qualifications.
  • A description of the elective clerkship(s) of interest and the desired dates.
  • A statement that the faculty member will take responsibility for arranging the visiting international student’s desired elective clerkships.

Since the relationship between the sponsoring faculty member and the international student should be established or pre-existing, the UWSOM does not release faculty names or contact information or otherwise facilitate student sponsorship.

Sponsor letters should be directed to:

Suzanne Allen, M.D.
Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs
University of Washington School of Medicine
Box 356340
1959 N.E. Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195