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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.

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 UWSOM will be following the Coalition of Physician Accountability (CoPA) recommendations regarding hosting visiting medical students in AY 2021-22:

  • Students do not apply before April 15 for in-person rotations that start on or after August 1, 2021.
  • Host institutions do not begin processing incoming applications before May 1, 2021.
  • Visiting students are limited to ONE 4-week clerkship (four-week clerkships begin on 8/23/21 at UW. Two-week clerkships begin on 8/9/21).
  • Exemptions to this policy include:
    • Learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school’s system.
    • Learners for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements.

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.


Per the Coalition of Physician Accountability (CoPA) recommendations regarding hosting visiting medical students in AY 2021-22:

  • Students do not apply before April 15 for in-person rotations that start on or after August 1, 2021.  
  • Host institutions do not begin processing incoming applications before May 1, 2021.
  • Visiting students are limited to ONE 4-week clerkship (four-week clerkships begin on 8/23/21 at UW. Two-week clerkships begin on 8/9/21). 

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 below.


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 are limited to 4 weeks of clerkships in AY 2021-22, per the CoPA Guidelines. 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


Counseling

If you have an urgent issue please go to the emergency department or call 911.

All of the medical student counselors are licensed, experienced, mental health professionals who are experienced in providing psychotherapy and counseling to medical students.  In Seattle, Dr. Richard Veith, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, provides psychiatric consultation to the counselors when needed. To protect student privacy and confidentiality, student names or identifying information are never utilized during these consultations.

The Counseling Service on the Seattle campus is located in the AA suite of offices on the first floor of the UW Medical Center.  Take the BB elevators to the first floor; turn toward "Lab Services"; turn left at the hallway and immediately turn left again into the AA suite.  Signs will direct you to each of the counselor offices.  Appointments can be made by contacting the counselor of your choice in person, by phone, or by email.

Director, Medical Student Counseling and Wellness Services: Joanne Estacio-Deckard, LICSW AA-103E, 206.616.3024 joanneed@uw.edu Sheri Davis, LICSW AA-111E, 206.543.8392 sherid2@uw.edu

Cliff Kelly, MS, MDiv, LMHC AA-111G, 206.616.3022 ckelly70@uw.edu

General Clerkship Concerns

For general concerns about your clerkship please contact your clerkship administrator or the Visiting Student Program Office visitstu@uw.edu or 206-543-5560.

Concerns about mistreatment in the learning environment:

Mistreatment Reporting Processes

If students have an urgent concern about the learning environment that requires an immediate response, e.g. a potentially impaired physician, physical or sexual assault, or other egregious situation in the learning environment, they should contact the associate dean for student affairs directly at 206.685.9076.

Students may choose to discuss their concerns with any one or more of the following to determine the most appropriate course of action:

  • Counselors
  • Ombud
  • UCIRO staff
  • Title IX officer
  • Center for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion staff
  • Honor Council members
  • Other staff or faculty they are working with

In order to submit a formal concern, students have the following options:

  • Contact the associate dean for student affairs directly at 206.685.9076 or via email (maestas@uw.edu).
  • Detail the concern in the confidential comments section of the “Medical Student of Educator” evaluation submitted at the end of each clinical clerkship. The comments from this section are transmitted to the student affairs and curriculum deans.
  •  Detail the concern in the “non-confidential” comments section of the “Medical Student of Educator” evaluation submitted at the end of each clinical clerkship. The comments from this section are transmitted to the clerkship director.

Concerns submitted to the deans, either directly or via the confidential comments section of the “Medical Student of Educator” evaluation form are reviewed and tracked centrally so that appropriate intervention and ongoing follow-up occurs.

Depending on the situation and the student’s decision on whether to make a formal complaint, an approach for addressing the issue will be developed in collaboration with the student within the School of Medicine’s and/or University’s informal process or formal grievance procedures.

Other Resources

Healthcare Resources 

https://www.ehs.washington.edu/system/files/resources/HSIP_Focus_Sheet-Health_Resources-final.pdf

UW SafeCampus

SafeCampus can help address concerns in the following areas relating to community safety:  conflict resolution, self-harm, relationship violence, stalking, suicide, and Title IX sexual misconduct.

University Ombud

The Office of the Ombud is a confidential, neutral resource, where students, faculty, and staff can seek information, consultation, and assistance for any professional challenges that they are facing at the University of Washington. This resource is available to all medical students regardless of their physical location.

Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Center for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, formerly Office of Multicultural Affairs is here to support the academic and professional success of our medical students by providing a training environment that is diverse, inclusive, collaborative and supportive. Here you will find valuable opportunities to connect with others as you traverse the pathway to medicine - from summer programs, student groups, financial resources, study tips and strategies for success. We also provide resources for curriculum, cultural proficiency, professional development, and faculty development.  We hope you will visit us again and again and check out what's new in CEDI.

Absence Policy

  • No time off is allowed during two-week clerkships.
  • If more than two days off are needed during a four- to twelve-week clerkship, the clerkship should be rescheduled.
  • Students needing time off during a four- to twelve-week clerkship must consult with the appropriate clerkship director at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of the clerkship to request permission, to ensure the days do not conflict with any required elements of the clerkship such as orientation or the final exam, and to limit the negative impact on the clerkship experience.
  • There are no vacation days during clerkships except for Match day and possibly holidays.
  • For residency interviews, students should schedule elective time off. If interviews are offered when students are already scheduled for clerkships, students should work directly with the clerkship director immediately regarding absences for residency interviews. There is no guarantee that any additional time off from the clerkship will be permitted.

Policy on Professional Conduct

Professional Behavior and Conduct for the Teacher/Learner Relationship The University of Washington School of Medicine is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic performance, professional behavior, personal integrity, and respect for each other as individuals. These standards apply to all individuals associated with the educational experience. Teachers and learners are expected to be on their honor to maintain the highest standards of professional behavior in all aspects of training. Both must be respectful of the special nature of the physician-in-training status in how they conduct themselves in the presence of patients and maintain patient confidentiality. Integrity is an essential personal quality for successful completion of the M.D. program. Upholding the standards of professional and personal conduct includes both acquiring and demonstrating the behavioral patterns and attitudes consistent with the oath taken at the time of graduation and also being accountable for one’s own conduct as well as assuming responsibility for the professional behavior of one’s colleagues within the medical profession. In this regard, the teachers are expected to provide role modeling that will enhance the learners’ ability to incorporate appropriate behaviors into their professional development.

The School of Medicine believes that the provision of an atmosphere in which individuals can learn from each other in a supportive environment and in which there is recognition of the dignity and worth of each person is essential to its mission. The members of this community come from many different backgrounds and include different races, religions, sexual orientations, ethnic ancestries, and socio-economic status. Learning to understand differences, as well as the similarities, and how to integrate culturally sensitive skills in communications at all levels is an important dimension of education. It is hoped that all would seek to appreciate the richness and personal growth that this diversity provides everyone as members of the medical school and university community.

Policy on Use and Possession of Marijuana

Regardless of the laws of the state in which the students reside, UW policy prohibits the production, distribution, possession, and use of marijuana on university property or during university-sponsored activities. A number of university employees are subject to drug and alcohol testing because of the type of work they perform. Violating these policies or testing positive for marijuana may lead to sanctions, including termination, under the applicable general code of conduct, even if the use occurred outside of work hours and otherwise in accordance with state law. It is still a federal crime to possess and use even small amounts of marijuana on or in any university facilities or vehicles. In addition, failure to comply with federal laws and regulations on marijuana possession and use on campus jeopardizes the UW’s continued receipt of federal funds. See the University’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy for more information.

It is important for medical students to be cognizant of both the UW policy for faculty and staff and how healthcare facilities will be handling positive THC results on drug screening. For medical students training in healthcare facilities throughout the WWAMI region, several already require drug screening including the THC as a prerequisite for participation in a clerkship or clinical elective. Thus, medical students may face negative consequences for a positive THC screen.

University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO)

The University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO is responsible for investigating complaints that a University employee has violated the University’s non-discrimination and/or non-retaliation policies. A UCIRO investigation may be requested either by an individual or by the administrative head of a University organization.

Title IX

The University Title IX office is responsible for facilitating the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence or sexual assault, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Retaliation against those who raise complaints or participate in the complaint investigation and resolution process is also prohibited.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS)

The University of Washington and its School of Medicine are committed to ensuring that students have equal access through reasonable accommodations for their documented disability to the educational programs and facilities. The School of Medicine works closely with the University’s Disability Resources for Students (DRS) to assist students in making the transition to the medical school environment and in identifying accommodations that will support their success in the program.

Departmental course listings


Clerkship Administrator: Amy Ravenhorst 
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. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  2. You must meet all 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. In addition, this department can only typically offer clerkships within six weeks prior to the start of any given clerkship, if available. As placement is "first come, first served," you may apply at any time during an enrollment period to ensure your place in line.

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 at University of Washington Medical Center (UW Medical Center)

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: Dependent upon availability.

Course # 682 – Advanced Clerkship in Anesthesiology at Harborview Medical Center (HMC)

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: Dependent upon availability.

Course # 683 – Advanced Clerkship in Anesthesiology at Veterans Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Healthcare System

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: Dependent upon availability.


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 Emergency 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 Coordinator: Lan Nguyen, contact after 4.5.21 Email: lnguye17@uw.edu

The Department of Medicine offers two visiting student programs: The Visiting Scholars Program and General Visiting Students. With the exception of our subinternship in Boise, Idaho (MEDECK 671), students will rotate at one of our two teaching hospitals: W Medical Center (UWMC) and Harborview Medical Center (HMC). Due to availability we are unable to accommodate special requests for specific medical centers.

Visiting Scholars Program The internal medicine Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) is a funded program designed to give students from groups underrepresented in medicine an opportunity 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.

General Visiting Students Please review our prerequisites closely, all requirements must be met to be considered for an elective.

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 8 weeks internal medicine rotation(s).
  • Students must complete and upload to VSLO our Medicine Supplemental Application Form.docx.
    • If you have not uploaded our Medicine Supplemental Application Form, you will not be considered for an elective.
  • We require a minimum of USMLE Step 1 of 220 or COMLEX of 474.
  • Student should have received a grade of Honors or High Pass on their required medicine clerkship.
  • Students need to submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at their home institution. Send to medsp@uw.edu.
  • We require all students to have a recent transcript uploaded to VSLO. Canadian students may have them emailed to medsp@uw.edu
    • If you do not have a transcript uploaded you will not be considered for an elective.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the VSLO application and upload all supplemental materials to VSLO. 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 April 15, 2021, for the 2021-2021 academic year.
  3. We will only schedule students during our enrollment period starting May 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021. If you are accepted you will be notified during this timeframe.
  4. If space is available, students will be matched to open elective rotations and notified via VSLO no later than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the elective.
  5. Students using VSLO to apply should upload their home institution evaluation form. If it is an electronic evaluation, note this on our medicine supplemental application form.
  6. Questions?  Please refer to our Medicine FAQ

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

Absence Policy: Please note our absence policy. 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 (both virtual and in-person no days off). 

MEDECK 604 – Clinical Dermatology

Open ONLY to Visiting Scholars 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

  • 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 605 – Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Students will see inpatient consults with an Endocrine attending and fellow, and attend a variety of outpatient clinics. The outpatient experience includes subspecialty clinics in metabolic bone disease, intensive diabetes management, and pituitary disorders. Students will also spend at least a half day per week in the offices of endocrinologists in private practice. Objectives: Inpatient Consult Service

  • To learn about inpatient management of patients with diabetes mellitus, glycemic control, prevention of complications and adjusting insulin and/or oral hypoglycemic agents for procedures or surgery. May include learning how hospital standards for glycemic management are taught to housestaff.
  • To learn how acute and chronic illnesses affect a variety of endocrinologic organ systems.
  • To efficiently evaluate the endocrine systems of acutely or chronically ill patients, including the role of stimulation or suppression testing and imaging studies
  • To learn the principles and delivery of enteral and parenteral nutritional support.
  • To learn inpatient consultation management, including integrating and teaching to Internal Medicine housestaff and medical students.
  • To become more sensitive and skilled in interaction with patients, families and referring physicians.

Continuity Clinics

  • To learn evaluation and treatment of general endocrinologic diseases of outpatients, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and their complications.
  • To learn how to utilize other professionals in developing a comprehensive approach to endocrine diseases.
  • To gain a longitudinal perspective of endocrine diseases.

MEDECK 606 Clinical Gastroenterology

Students will join the members of our Gastroenterology Inpatient Consulting team for an in depth experience in clinical gastroenterology.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate patients seen in consultation with a member of the Gastroenterology Inpatient Consulting team.
  • Discuss and identify underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms of GI diseases with GI illness and complaints.
  • Discuss the capabilities as well as limitations of endoscopy in clinical practice.
  • Discuss appropriate indications and contraindications for endoscopic procedures.
  • Discuss key elements for providing excellent consultative service in Inpatient medical care.

MEDECK 607 Clinical Hematology/Oncology

Students rotate a one of three Seattle area sites. Students will work up patients in the inpatient and outpatient services under supervision of a clinical Fellow and the faculty of the Divisions of Hematology and Oncology. At all sites there is an active outpatient clinic, but each site has a unique inpatient focus.

UWMC: The University of Washington Medical Center rotation includes a focus on blood and bone marrow morphology and students can opt to round with an inpatient leukemia team. The UWMC outpatient Hematology clinic is located at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance building.

Harborview: The Harborview rotation elective will provide experience with the evaluation and management of common solid tumors, patients with bleeding or thrombosis and HIV-positive patients. 

Puget Sound VA:  The Seattle VA Medical Center rotation can include marrow transplantation experience.  

Objectives: 

  • Understanding the pathophysiology, workup and therapy of anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutropenia, myeloproliferative disorders and coagulation problems.
  • Exposure to the work-up and treatment of malignancies. Understanding how one weighs risks and benefits in cancer care decisions care of the patient with malignancy. (UWMC hematologic malignancy only)
  • Harborview: Learn to evaluate patients with common solid tumors, bleeding, or thrombosis and to evaluate HIV-positive patients with low blood counts or HIV-related malignancies.

MEDECK 608 Clinical Infectious Diseases

Inpatient consultation services are staffed by members of a large faculty and fellowship program. Students see patients and make daily rounds with an infectious disease fellow and/or medicine resident.  Emphasis of the clerkship is on the varied diagnostic and therapeutic challenges prevalent in general hospitals.

Objectives:

  • Evaluate patients seen in consultation with a member of the Infectious Diseases Inpatient Consulting team,
  • Learn the basics of use and misuse of antimicrobials, including antivirals and antifungal agents.
  • Demonstrate diagnostic approaches used to evaluate and initially manage hospitalized patients with infectious disease,
  • Apply mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in developing treatment plans for patients with resistant organisms and reducing the prevalence of resistant organisms,
  • Master the basics of clinical microbiology and its use in initial patient evaluation.
  • Learn the basics of hospital epidemiology and the control of disease transmission in the hospital.

MEDECK 609 Clinical Nephrology

On the nephrology/fluid balance clerkship students will see clinical nephrologic problems under close supervision. They participate in nephrology rounds, see consults with renal fellow and attending and work up patients in renal clinics.

Objectives:

  • Calculate and estimate renal function given appropriate data,
  • Evaluate patients with hematuria,
  • Describe the causes of oliguria/anuria,
  • Distinguish the various glomerular lesions,
  • Discuss indications for renal biopsy,
  • Distinguish pre-renal, renal, and post-renal causes of oliguria,
  • Treat patients with salt and water disorders,
  • Treat patients with common pH imbalances disorders,
  • Evaluate and treat patients with hypertension,
  • Discuss the evaluation and treatment of patients with renal stones,
  • Discuss the indications for instituting chronic dialysis and the major complications of such treatment,
  • Recognize urinary sediments under the microscope and learn about casts, cells and crystals.

MEDECK 610 Clinical Respiratory Diseases

Students are assigned to the consultation service in Respiratory Disease. They will gain training and experience in respiratory disease diagnosis and management with emphasis on x-ray diagnosis, pulmonary function testing and interpretation, and use of fiberoptic bronchoscopy. The services are fully integrated with Respiratory Therapy for management of continuous mechanical ventilation and use of inhalational and physical therapy. Patients are seen by the students under supervision of a Fellow, and presented to the Attending. Students will participate in pulmonary function testing and, at some sites, one half-day outpatient clinic.

Objectives:

  • Take a history, perform a physical examination and initiate a diagnostic work-up on patients with pulmonary problems including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, and a variety of infectious processes.
  • State the indications for various diagnostic modalities including pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gases, thoracentesis, CT imaging of the chest, and bronchoscopy
  • Interpret pulmonary function tests including spirometry, lung volumes and diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide
  • Interpret arterial blood gases
  • Interpret plain radiographs of the chest and formulate differential diagnoses for the relevant findings.
  • Interpret the results of pleural fluid analysis

MEDECK 615 Clinical Rheumatology

Elective provides students experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases.  In addition to patient contact, four or five preceptorial sessions are held each week. These seminars cover rheumatic diseases in depth. The topics include: joint examination, laboratory tests in rheumatic diseases, examination of synovial fluid, radiology of rheumatic diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperuricemia, gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, degenerative joint disease, spondylitis, vasculitis, and polymyalgia rheumatica. These sessions emphasize disease mechanisms as well as diagnostic and therapeutic aspects. During the 4-week period, students have ample time for independent reading. Students work closely with faculty and staff of the Division of Rheumatology throughout the 4-week elective. 

Paper:  During this rotation students will have the opportunity to write a 3-5 page paper on a topic approved by the rheumatology consult attending. In addition, students will be expected to present a weekly topic during inpatient rounds for 5 minutes that is literature based and pertains to a patient issue approved by the consult fellow.

Objectives: 

  • Develop basic musculoskeletal exam skills and be able to sort out joint complaints as either articular, periarticular, or radiating pain.
  • Distinguish inflammatory from mechanical joint pain.
  • Pattern recognize common forms of arthritis.
  • Have a working knowledge of rheumatology laboratory tests.
  • Acquire an approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common rheumatologic conditions including regional conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis, plantar fasciitis etc.
  • Recognize potential serious rheumatologic illness such as vasculitis or lupus.

MEDECK 622

This course is open only to students pursuing a residency in Medical Genetics.  This elective will introduce the specialty of clinical genetics to the student, and they will learn skills needed in diagnosis, management, and understanding of a broad range of genetic disorders. Physicians who specialize in medical genetics diagnose, manage and treat patients with genetically influenced health problems.  Medical genetics encompasses essentially all of medicine, because all organ systems manifest genetic conditions.  Relevant skills common to all of genetics include:  history taking, risk assessment physical examination, communication skills, and interpretation of genetic testing.  Special areas of expertise in the UW Genetic Medicine include the following:  Connective tissue disorders, cancer genetics.

Objectives: 

  1. To learn to elicit and record a family pedigree and analyze it for possible syndromes and patterns of inheritance.
  2. To learn how genetic conditions affect a wide variety of organ systems and manifest in diverse ways.
  3. To learn the approach to genetic evaluation of a patient.
  4. To gain an understanding of how genetic testing should be ordered and interpreted.
  5. To become more sensitive and skilled in interacting with patients and families.

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 Lydia Carbis, carbisl@uw.edu, 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. Students will participate in 2 weeks of night float and 2 weeks of day team to allow for adequate learning requirements. While on night float, students will be admitting every shift and will learn cross cover skills. Day team will allow for continuity of care as well as participation in residency teaching conferences. More information about the Boise VA Medicine Residency program can be found at https://uwboisemedres.uw.edu/.

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.

Objectives:

  • Students will get an overview of the primary care specialty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM).  
  • In the clinic, students will be introduced to the Washington Worker's Comp system, with occupational injuries and illnesses such as lumbar strain, occupational chemical exposure, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Students will learn to write appropriate work restrictions and communicate with employers. 
  • They will attend conferences such as “current topics in occupational medicine” along with OEM residents in training.
  • They will participate in worksite visits and complete a special project in OEM that aligns with their individuals interests.


Clerkship Administrator: Brooke Emrich​ Phone: 206.598.6078

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 Instructors: Joshua Lieberman & Hamilton TsangPrerequisites: None for virtual course Type: Virtual

The LabM 680 Virtual course is being offered in place of the LabM 680 in-person elective due to COVID-19 limitations.  

LabM 685 will only be offered during the 02/28/22 - 03/11/22 block.

Please note:  We require a minimum of 4 medical students to register for each offering of the virtual  course.  Please contact bdh6@uw.edu to enquire about the status of the time frame you are interested in, and for permission to register.

This clerkship provides medical students an opportunity to develop their diagnostic and patient management skills through directed distance learning in the hospital-based clinical laboratory. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinical laboratory response has been dynamic. Laboratory Medicine resident service work, conferences, and didactics have shifted to a predominately remote-access paradigm. This represents a unique opportunity to participate in similar, clinical activities with some additional guidance. The student will directly observe faculty-level review of test results (“sign-out”) or rounds and complete both guided and independent study; this involves small group sessions, journal article reading, live and  recorded didactics. Students will reflect on and share their experiences. The goal of the schedule is to give students a glimpse of multiple laboratories and the breadth of testing performed in the Department. Special focus may include how the clinical laboratories have mobilized in response to an urgent pandemic threat, and whether this response is generalizable or unique to UW Laboratories.

The primary aims of the general rotation are to:

  • Introduce students to common activities of the laboratory, including issues that frequently require Laboratorian consultation;
  • Introduce and explore concepts of pre-clinical variables, including labeling/patient identification and patient safety in the clinical lab; and
  • Encourage consultation with Laboratorian/Pathologist colleagues in future clinical practice.

Enrollment: 10 students, Visiting students require permission from department.

Course # 685 – Laboratory Case Studies for Clinical Diagnosis

Offered: W only – 2 Weeks, 4 credits Instructors: Joshua Lieberman & Hamilton TsangPrerequisites: Completion of all required third year clerkships Type: Virtual

The LabM 685 Virtual course is being offered in place of the LabM 685 in-person elective due to COVID-19 limitations.  

LabM 685 will only be offered during the 02/28/22 - 03/11/22 block.

Please note:  We require a minimum of 4 medical students to register for each offering of the virtual  course.  Please contact bdh6@uw.edu to enquire about the status of the time frame you are interested in, and for permission to register. 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 core 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. While 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.

This course is a combination of didactic lectures and (hopefully) virtual tours of clinical laboratories. The overall goals are:

  • to help you understand appropriate utilization of laboratory testing; to review organ systems and associated diseases
  • to gain an understanding of the basics principles related to transfusion of blood products.

Although this elective is sponsored by the Department of Laboratory Medicine, faculty from both the Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine departments teach this interactive lecture series. The course is specifically designed to be case-based, in order to foster critical thinking about the appropriate choice of laboratory tests needed to support a clinical diagnosis.

In addition, several lectures cover basic transfusion therapy principles, including:

  • appropriate use of blood components
  • the diagnosis and management of transfusion reactions
  • the basics of therapeutic apheresis

Enrollment: 24 students, Visiting students require permission from department.


Clerkship Administrator: Madison Khalil 
Phone: 206.744.9316 
E-mail: resns@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 – Neurological Surgery Clerkship

Offered: Summer, Autumn – 4 Weeks 
Instructor: Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D. 

Overview:

The UW Neurosurgery visiting student clerkship is designed as a sub-internship experience for medical students interested in matching in neurological surgery. Four weeks on service in a sub-intern role provides students an immersive education experience as well as exposure to our program. Sub-interns with the UW Department of Neurological Surgery are expected to participate as members of the patient care team, participating in inpatient care, emergency and operating room procedures, and outpatient clinics.

Visiting sub-interns will have the opportunity to participate in residency program interviews during their clinical rotation and will not be expected to return for traditional interviews in the fall and winter.

Schedule:

4 weeks, full time. Students spend 2 weeks assigned to Harborview Medical Center, 1 week assigned to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and 1 week assigned to UW Medical Center. Students are expected to participate in overnight, in-house call at HMC throughout the rotation. 

Conferences:

Grand Rounds – 7:00 AM, Harborview Medical Center Resident Education – 8:00 AM, Harborview Medical Center Additional conferences are based on assigned clinical site schedule.

Presentations:

Sub-interns are expected to present a short research presentation during department Grand Rounds.


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. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  2. You 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: 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: Completion of core clerkships at home school 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: Completion of core clerkships at home school 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:Completion of core clerkships at home school 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: Rebekah Smith 
Phone: 206.212.7921 
Email: ophthclerk@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. Per current CoPA recommendations, students should not apply before April 15, 2021 and if accepted, rotations should not start before August 1, 2021 (as of Jan. 2021; CoPA may update this policy in the spring).
  2. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  3. Please complete the institution requirements of the VSAS application and upload all required documents.
  4. For the department/elective requirements in VSAS, please upload:
    • CV/Resume;
    • Board Scores (Step 1; Step 2 if available);
    • Most recent medical school transcript (unofficial accepted);
    • A letter of reference from an ophthalmologist at home institution to VSAS 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: Students must withdraw from courses 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, oculoplastics and uveitis. 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).

Course # OPHTH 683 – Children’s-Seattle

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks

Instructor: Herlihy  
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.

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 retinal and glaucoma consultations. Student learns basic techniques involved in tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy of the eye.

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 inpatient and ER ophthalmology consults, working closely with the ophthalmology consult resident and attending on service; Student attends regularly scheduled grand rounds, didactic lectures, conferences in ophthalmic basic and clinical science. Students should be familiar with basic examination techniques such as tonometry, ophthalmoscopy, and biomicroscopy (slit lamp).


Clerkship Administrator: Plinette Sanchez 
Phone: 206.744.4927 
Email: orthomsp@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 Score. 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.

Call Expectations for Orthopaedic Clerkships in Seattle: Medical students scheduled between the months of May and October will be expected to take overnight and/or weekend call.

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 –Oncology / UW Medical Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 

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. 

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 orthomsp@uw.edu 

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 681 – Sports Medicine Orthopaedic / UW Medical Center & Sports Medicine Center

Clerkship Offered: AWSpS – 4 Weeks 

Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing At the completion of the course, 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 hemarthrosis 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 a 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 / UW Medical Center - Northwest

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: 1 student per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 687 P- Shoulder and Elbow / UW Medical Center

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


Interim Clerkship Administrator: Robin Gibson 
Phone: 206.221.6438 
Email: otoadmin@uw.edu   

Overview:

The Otolaryngology Visiting Student program is designed to give medical students who are interested in matching in otolaryngology exposure to our program while providing an immersive educational experience.  Students function as members of the surgical team, participating in outpatient clinics, inpatient care, emergency procedures, and the operating room.

  • Rotations are a mix of inpatient and/or outpatient and may include exposure to laryngology, rhinology & skull base surgery, sleep surgery, facial plastics, otology & neurotology, pediatric, head & neck surgical oncology, and/or comprehensive otolaryngology.
  • Students function at the intern level under supervision to perform initial assessment, diagnosis, preoperative and postoperative care; evaluation of otolaryngologic emergencies, and outpatient follow-up of discharged patients.
  • Students may be assigned to one or more Seattle-area sites during the rotation, depending on availability.


Clerkship Administrator: Hazel Gawaran
Phone: 206.685.1624​
​​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 677 P – Virtual Neuropathology - Harborview Medical Center
Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
Course Director: Luis Gonzales-Cuyar, MD
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.

Enrollment: Visiting students require permission from the department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.
 

PATH 680 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - UW Medical Center
Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Rising third or fourth-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
Course Director: Lisa Koch, MD

This course is recommended for medical students interested in the Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency Program, see also Laboratory Medicine Courses. 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.

Each student will be expected to:

  • Add to his/her general knowledge of human biology and understanding of basic disease processes,
  • Use the light microscope for recognizing normal tissue structure, recognizing certain structural expressions of disease processes, and appreciating both the values and limitations of these diagnostic methods,
  • Weigh and consider the significance of pertinent observations, then transpose the results into practical solutions for specific patient problems,
  • Gain experience in preparing thoughtful, accurate, succinct, and timely reports. The rotation is meant to be a fun, as well as an educational, experience.

Enrollment: Visiting students require permission from the department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.
 

PATH 681 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Harborview Medical Center
Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
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: Visiting students require permission from department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.
 

PATH 682 P – Diagnostic Pathology Clerkship - Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Offered: A, W, Sp – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
Course Director: Oliver Chang, MD

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: Visiting students require permission from department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.
 

PATH 683 P – Forensic Pathology Clerkship - King County Medical Examiner's Office
Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third and fourth-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
Course Directors: Micheline Lubin, MD

The King County Medical Examiner's Office has the responsibility for the investigation and certification of all sudden and unexpected deaths and deaths due to injury which occur in King County. The office is located at Harborview Medical Center and includes four forensic pathologists, a fellow in forensic pathology, a forensic anthropologist, and a staff of trained medical investigators, autopsy and pathology assistants, and administrative support personnel.
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. In addition, during the rotation the clerk will be expected to present an informal seminar of his/her own choosing on a topic related to forensic pathology.
 

Enrollment: Visiting students require permission from department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.

PATH 686 P – Virtual Diagnostic Pathology - University of Washington Medical Center
Offered: S, A 2 or 4 Weeks
Prerequisite: Third-year medical students
Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
Course Director: Lisa Koch, MD, PhD
Goals: Provides medical students an opportunity to improve on gross and microscopic diagnosis, and to experience what it is like to be a pathology resident at the University of Washington. Participants pair with a trainee and faculty mentors to serve as a source of information and guidance. Students attend resident didactics, tumor boards, daily signouts, discussion groups, and personalized slide sessions

Objectives: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how a biopsy or surgical specimen is processed, from procurement to glass slides.
  • Define the terms neoplasia, benign, malignant, carcinoma.
  • Recognize tissue of origin under the microscope.
  • Recognize basic pathologic entities.
  • Identify and describe the components of a pathology report.
  • Understand how pathologic diagnoses affect patient care.
  • Describe the utility and appropriate use of frozen section and immunohistochemistry.
  • Identify reasons to pursue Pathology as a career.
  • Understand the structure and culture of UWMC Pathology Residency.

Enrollment:  Visiting students require permission from the department. Please contact pthclerk@uw.edu for permission.

 


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 further information about CVs and LORs. 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. 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.
  6. 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 through December 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: B. Prince 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkship 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 669 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

4 Weeks 
Instructor: K. Upadhyay 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships
Site: University of Washington Medical Center

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.

Course # 670 – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

4 Weeks 
Instructor: A. Melvin 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 671 – Pediatric Endocrinology

4 Weeks 
Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 677 – Pediatric Intensive Care

4 weeks 
Instructor: M. Davis 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 679 – Clinical Problems in Developmental Disabilities

2 or 4 Weeks 
Instructor:E. Myers 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships
Sites:Seattle Children’s and University of Washington Medical Center

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.

Course # 681 – Medical Genetics

4 Weeks 
Instructor: A. Beck 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships Site: Seattle Children’s and University of Washington Medical Center

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 UW Medical Center and seminars at UW Medical Center (Wednesday, Friday).

Course # 683 – Pediatric Nephrology

4 Weeks 
Instructor: J. Symons 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships Site: Seattle Children’s

A pediatric nephrology clerkship at Seattle Children’s. It is a four-week elective for 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.

Course # 684 – Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

4 Weeks 
Instructor: G. Redding 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 685 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

4 Weeks 
Instructor: J. Rivers 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 686 – Pediatric Cardiology

2 or 4 Weeks 
Instructor: T. Johnston 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 687 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

2 Weeks 
Instructor: K. Upadhyay 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: University of Washington Medical Center

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.

Course # 688 – Pediatric Rheumatology

4 weeks 
Instructor: K. Hayward 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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: E. Chung 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 694 – Adolescent Medicine

4 weeks 
Instructor: Q. Pham 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s and area clinics

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.

Course # 695 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

2 Weeks 
Instructor: J. Rivers 
Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine, and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships 
Site: Seattle Children’s

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.

Course # 696 – Pediatric Endocrinology

2 Weeks 
Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi 
Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships Site: Seattle Children’s

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.


Clerkship Administrator: Margie Trenary 
Phone: 206.744.4564 
Email: trenam@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

Eligibility:

  • You must be a medical student. Qualified medical students interested in any field are welcome to apply for Psychiatry electives. We do not offer “Observerships”, all electives we offer are listed in VSAS.
  • Medical graduates are not eligible to apply
  • Meet all departmental requirements, supplemental department requirements
  • Meet all Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program eligibility requirements
  • VSAS applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date

 

To Apply

Complete the VSAS Application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS

  • Applicant Statement (Use only the applicant statement form provided)
  • Letter of recommendation 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 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
  • A current CV

Diversity Subinternship Application

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. To apply, complete the additional documents required by the department.

 

Applications which do not have all required items included and complete will be treated as incomplete. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete.

    Notification and Cancelations

    Availability often cannot be determined until 4 weeks prior to the rotation start date. 

    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.

    • Visiting students will be contacted about course scheduling in the order that their application was approved.
    • Expect a delay between when your application is approved and when you are contacted about scheduling. This may be several weeks.
    • If you are offered enrollment, you will have 48 hours to accept or decline the elective(s) offered.
    • A housing resource list will be available to students following enrollment.

    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 Margie Trenary (trenam@uw.edu) if you have any questions about the absence policy.

    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.

    PBSCI 670 P – Clerkship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry UW Medical Center

    Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks 
    Prerequisite: Psychiatry core clerkship. 
    Total Enrollment: 1 
    Preceptor: Dr. ​Julia Ruark 
    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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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 when available; 4 weeks 
    Prerequisite: Permission by preceptor required. Psychiatry core clerkship. 
    Total Enrollment: Very limited. 
    Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani 
    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.

    PBSCI 689 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry – Spokane

    Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks 
    Prerequisite: Permission by preceptor required. Psychiatry core clerkship. 
    Total Enrollment: Limited. 
    Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani 
    Clerkship Site: 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.

    Other: Student doing this rotation will need to complete all required credentialing documents before starting this rotation. Failure to do this by deadline given will result in cancellation of elective.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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: Michelle Mudrovich 
    Phone: 206.598.4121 
    Email: mudrom@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.

    R ONC 695 – Clinical Cancer Management
    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: Rebekah Smith Phone: 206.543.5662 Email: urolclerk@uw.edu

    Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program - Deadline - March 1, 2020https://www.washington.edu/urology/education/medicalstudents/sub-internships/  

    Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program - Deadline - March 1, 2020https://www.washington.edu/urology/education/medicalstudents/diversitysubinternship/

    Department of Urology Website: https://www.washington.edu/urology/

    Department of Urology Faculty: https://www.washington.edu/urology/people/

     


    Program Coordinator: Jong Kim 
    Phone: 206.616.6345 
    Email: rehabmeded@uw.edu

    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).

    To Apply: 

    1. Applications must be received at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
    2. You must meet all eligibility requirements for the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
    3. Complete the VSAS application, including the following supplementary materials:
      1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      2. COMLEX or USMLE Scores
      3. A statement of interest outlining your interest in this clerkship opportunity and describing what you would like to accomplish while you are here, your experience in PM&R thus far, and your future aspiration in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

    No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Space is limited: Students should apply for and rank multiple electives in VSAS in order to increase chances of receiving a clerkship offer.

    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 Program Coordinator.

    REHAB 687 – Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship – Harborview Medical Center

    Offered:  4 Weeks 
    Clerkship Directors: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless​ Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing 
    Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

    Course Description: 

    Four-week clerkship at a Level-1 Trauma and Comprehensive Stroke Center, intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Focuses on neuro-rehabilitation and general rehabilitation. Recommended for those wishing to gain more experience working with patients with disabilities. Students primarily work on the inpatient rehabilitation unit. Some exposure to outpatient general rehabilitation and neuro-rehabilitation clinics.

    REHAB 688 – Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship – Rehab Care Services – VA Puget Sound

    Offered:  4 weeks  
    Clerkship Directors: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing 
    Clerkship Site:  VA Puget Sound, Rehab Care Services (Seattle, WA)

    Course Description: Four-week clerkship intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Focuses on providing medical and rehabilitative care to inpatients with a variety of diagnoses and functional limitations including, but not limited to, stroke, amputation, multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease. Structured clinical experience on a general inpatient rehabilitation unit. Opportunities to participate at a variety of outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

    REHAB 689 – Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship - Spinal Cord Injury – VA Puget Sound

    Offered:  4 weeks  
    Clerkship Directors: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing 
    Clerkship Site:  VA Puget Sound, Spinal Cord Injury (Seattle, WA)

    Course Description: Four-week clerkship intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Introduction to diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of patients with spinal-cord injuries. Interaction with rehabilitation team, psychiatrists, and subspecialists in urology, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery. Performance at subintern level expected.

    REHAB 690 – Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship – UW Medical Center

    Offered:  4 weeks 
    Clerkship Directors: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless
    Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing 
    Clerkship Site: UW Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

    Course Description:  Four-week clerkship intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Focuses on inpatient PM&R management of patients with disabilities and functional impairments due to disorders such as acquired brain injury, CNS disorders, spinal cord injury, and complex medical conditions.


    Clerkship Administrator: Laura Yale 
    Phone: 206.685.0975 
    Email: lauranne@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). The Department of Surgery (DoS) will not accommodate a shift in start and/or end times that differ from the rotation block schedule in VSAS.

    Prerequisites for all Surgery Elective Courses:

    • Fourth year medical student standing and completion of required Surgery clerkship
    • Students must complete a supplemental survey (link to the survey form will be emailed out from the Dept. of Surgery the week of May 10th to all applicants that have applied by May 7th, 2021): https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/surgstus/384182
    •  Students must have passed Step 1 or COMLEX-USA Level 1 and submit scores via the above survey

    To Apply: 

    1. Complete the online VSAS application and upload any requested supplemental materials. 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 intent or qualifications. 
    2. Completed applications for rotations during the 2021/2022 academic year need to be submitted by 11p PST May 7th, 2021 in order to be considered.
    3. In addition to required application materials via VSAS you must complete a supplemental survey which will be emailed out from the Dept. of Surgery the week of May 10th to applicants that have applied by May 7th, 2021.

    Please Note:

    * Applications must be approved at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.

    * Course offers are not guaranteed until offered through VSAS

    * Please only apply for courses and rotation blocks dates you intend to accept if offered.

    * Rotation spots are filled by the UW medical students first; any open spots should be available to visiting students. 

    * If you accept a course during residency recruitment please note the Department of Surgery will only approve a total of 2 days off during your 4-week rotation block.

    * In accordance with federal law all persons having access to patient related material must complete a formal HIPAA training module. Once you have been accepted to the UW, you will be contacted with the details of this training.

    * Placement in an elective in the Dept. of Surgery does not guarantee an interview for the Surgery Residency Program. All interviews for our program occur on the dates outlined on our Applicant Website. Requests for alternate dates will not be granted.

    Cancelations: You must withdraw no less than 6 weeks prior to the rotation start date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing via email to the Surgery Clerkship Administrator

     

    Course # Surg 676 - Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing

    Students will learn about the technical and physiological aspects of cardiopulmonary treatments.  The object of this course is for students to learn about the surgical management of congenital heart disease primarily at Seattle Children's Hospital. Instruction will include attending preoperative clinic daily with faculty surgeons where they will examine patients with congenital heart disease and participate in parental teaching and the surgical consent process. By the end of the rotation students should understand the pathophysiologic classification of common congenital heart defects, the indications and timing of surgery, gain skills in interpreting echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, and other imaging data used to plan surgery for congenital heart disease, the basic components and physiology of the heart-lung machine, basic concepts in the ICU management of patients after congenital cardiac surgery and basic conduct of cardiac surgery in pediatric patients. This rotation provides a unique opportunity for one-on-one interaction between the students and surgical faculty. As well as, students may have the opportunity to participate in donor organ procurement for heart transplantation.

    Course # SURG 682 – Clinical Burn Care

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing As a subintern, the student will participate fully in the care of all burn patients and will be assigned specific patients as they are admitted during his/her rotation. He/She will be closely supervised, but will have major responsibility in his/her day-to-day care and participate in all decision making on his/her patients. Formal rounds are held twice weekly with a full complement of nursing staff, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social service, rehabilitation medicine and other interested parties. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to burn surgery.  

    Course # SURG 683 – Pediatric Surgery

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing Students participating in the elective clerkship of pediatric surgery will be based primarily at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Instruction will stress surgical conditions peculiar to the particular age group. There will be an obviously preponderance of various congenital and neoplastic conditions which are amenable to surgical treatment. It is desirable that students who plan to take this elective prepare themselves by acquiring a reasonable background of knowledge in human embryology and genetics. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to pediatric surgery.

    Course # SURG 685 – Cardiothoracic Surgery Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing The objective of this course is to permit the student to further develop a knowledge of cardiothoracic disease and to enhance his/her ability to manage comprehensively the problems encountered in cardiac and thoracic surgery patients. The student will serve as a subintern at University Hospital, functioning at the intern level under close supervision of the staff and housestaff. The student will participate in patient care (including diagnosis, preoperative and postoperative care), will be exposed to a wide variety of both cardiac and thoracic disease entities, and will participate in both open heart and thoracic procedures in the operating room. This course will provide a chance for the student to use clinical skills in dealing with the medical as well as surgical problems of the patient with heart disease, and will permit the student to assume added responsibility in preparation for internship. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to cardiothoracic surgery.

    Course # SURG 686 – Plastic Surgery Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing The objective of the Plastic Surgery elective clerkship is twofold. First, it is designed to acquaint the students with the fundamental techniques of plastic surgery, particularly with regard to wound management. This is accomplished through didactic presentations and work in the Harborview Emergency Room and Operating Room. Secondly, it is designed to acquaint the student with a broad spectrum of topics related to Plastic Surgery, including facial trauma, burns, cleft lip and cleft palate, head and neck cancer, cosmetic surgery, skin tumors, hand surgery, and general reconstructive surgery. Students will rotate through University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. At each of these sites, the student is expected to participate in ward rounds, patient care, surgery, clinics, and all plastic surgery-related activities at those hospitals. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to plastic surgery.

    Course # SURG 687 – Transplantation Surgery Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing The Transplant Division offers the senior medical student the chance to be involved in the care of liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant patients. The student will have the opportunity to expand his/her knowledge of immunology, operative surgical anatomy, ICU care, and the complex management of the patient with end-stage organ failure. The student will have the chance to fly to Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Washington state with the organ procurement team. Responsibilities will be commensurate to an intern level and the student will assist with work rounds and is encouraged to attend all teaching conferences. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to solid organ transplantation.

    Course # SURG 688 (UW Medical Center) # SURG 664 (VAMC) – General Surgery Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing The objective of this course is to permit the student to further develop his/her knowledge of surgical disease and to enhance his/her ability to manage comprehensively the problems encountered in surgical patients. Students will function at the intern level under close supervision of the staff and housestaff. Diagnosis, preoperative care and postoperative care will be stressed. The management of surgical emergencies and outpatient follow-up of discharged patients will be included. The student will attend all operative procedures on his/her assigned patients and will participate in all rounds and teaching conferences. This course will provide an opportunity for the student to perfect his/her clinical skills in dealing with medical as well as surgical problems and will permit the student to assume added responsibility. It should be of value as preparation for internship, particularly for the surgically oriented students. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to general surgery.  

    Course # SURG 691 (HMC) # SURG 661 (VAMC)– Surgical Intensive Care Unit Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing This is a four-week elective offered for fourth-year medical students interested in obtaining more exposure to surgical critical care. It is designed to augment the student’s understanding of physiologic principles and their application to management of critical illness. Students participate in the management of critically ill patients under the close supervision of the staff and house staff and participate in teaching rounds twice daily. An oral presentation is required. This experience should prove invaluable to anyone considering surgery or primary care.

    Course # SURG 695 – Vascular Surgery Subinternship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks 

    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, fourth year medical student standing The goal of the course is permit the student to experience a wide variety of vascular surgical problems and cases at the level of a senior medical student. Harborview is the only Level I Trauma Center in the Pacific Northwest. As such, it acts as a major referral center for the states of Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The student will be able to see and participate in a wide variety of cases from all these regions as well as from local community hospitals. Students will actively evaluate emergency room patients and attend rounds twice daily. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to vascular thoracic surgery.