Visiting medical students

Visiting medical students from the U.S. and Canada

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

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

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

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

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

Note: The window to accept applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed. The University of Washington School of Medicine began accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year on March 1, 2018.

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

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

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

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

Students

Policies and Procedures for International Visiting Medical Students

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

Faculty

Sponsor Letter to the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

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

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

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

Completion of Application and Faculty Sponsorship Request Letter:

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsor letters should be directed to:

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

Application requirements and information for prospective students


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


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

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

For information about the availability of an elective, contact the Departmental Clerkship Administrator. Contact information for departmental administrators can be found under the Departmental Course Listings 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 may enroll in a total of 12 weeks of clerkships. Requests to add additional clerkships must be submitted to the Visiting Student Coordinator at visitstu@uw.edu and approved by the dean.


Application received

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

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

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

Application denied

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

Application approved

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

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

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


Blood/body fluid exposure - visiting students

​Time matters! Proceed swiftly with the following:

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

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

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

For further information​

CDC Emergency Needlestic​​k Information


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-111B, 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 

http://depts.washington.edu/chsweb/hsi/?q=node/6  

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: Erica Lee
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 (UWMC)

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

For more information, please see the EMSP website.​


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

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

To Apply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enrollment: variable

FAMED 690 - One Health Clinical Elective

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


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


Medicine Student Programs
Program Coordinator: Lan Nguyen
Phone: 206.616.5137
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 three teaching hospitals:  UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Puget Sound VA.  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 with a diverse background a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer.  This program is open to students from LCME and AACOM accredited US medical schools. Students accepted to the Visiting Scholars Program can take subinternships or consult rotations at the University of Washington Medical Center or Harborview Medical Center in a number of specialties. Learn more. 

General Visiting Students
Please review our perquisites 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 Lan Nguyen, lnguye17@uw.edu.
  • We require all students to have a recent transcript uploaded to VSLO. Canadian students may have them emailed to Lan Nguyen, lnguye17@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 March 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  3. We will only schedule students during our enrollment period starting May 1, 2019 through August 30, 2019. 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.

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. Absences from the Boise subinternship for interviews is particularly discouraged.  Each elective has standard days off (often weekend off for consult electives and 4 total days during the month for a subinternship.) Additional days off are generally not allowed. Please do not schedule an elective during a time when you are expecting to do residency interviews. One day off for a local interview may be granted with at least two weeks of advanced notice at the discretion of the clerkship director.

MEDECK 604 – Clinical Dermatology

Open ONLY to students applying for a residency in Dermatology.  Participation in dermatology clinics and inpatient consultations at the in University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and the Seattle VA Medical Center. Journal Club and clinical conferences are held each week with entire staff in addition to a continuing series of teaching seminars and weekly dermatopathology conferences.

Objectives

  • 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 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

 

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: 
All students will be expected to do 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 faciitis 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 Linda Clark, Linda.Clark4@va.gov for more information and requirements to apply.

  • Students will serve as interns at the Boise Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Boise Idaho. on the medical wards under supervision of house staff and attending physicians. They will attend all regular medical rounds and conferences as their schedule permits. Students are given responsibilities commensurate with those of interns under supervision by the Resident and Attending Staff. More information about the Boise VA Medicine Residency program can be found at www.boiseinternalmedicine.com.
MEDECK 701 Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Open ONLY to students applying for an Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency.  Students will be spend several half days per week in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Working with attending faculty, OEM residents, industrial hygienists, and other support staff, medical students will gain exposure and experience in working with complex occupationally related injury and illness.

As part of this rotation, students will have the opportunity to develop and complete a project. This project will be developed under the advisement of Occupational Medicine faculty and can be tailored to the interests of the rotator. Office space will be available in the Pat Steel building for the use of medical student rotators. As available, medical students will have the opportunity to participate in worksite visits. These visits will allow medical students the opportunity to better understand the connection between workplace safety and overall health.

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
Prerequisites: Completion of required third year core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob Gyn, and Surgery.

Provides the medical student with an opportunity to develop the ability to evaluate clinical laboratory data and to gain insight into methodologies, equipment, principles and quality control used in the clinical laboratory. Students may select from a variety of laboratory areas. The two-week, full-time modules approach the clinical laboratory from a variety of emphases – specific to general, technical to interpretative. Recommended reading material will be introduced by the individual instructor. Confirmation of assignment and instructions will be sent to the student via the e‑mail addresses in the Medical Student Directory prior to the starting date. Final assignment will be made on the basis of student's choices and subsection availability.

The goal of the LABM 680 course is to give students a glimpse of multiple laboratories and the breadth of testing performed in the Laboratory Medicine Department, and to provide maximum exposure to faculty, fellows, and residents. The primary aims of the rotation will be:

  • 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.

Three options are offered for program content during this clinical rotation:

  • A two-week general 'Tour of Laboratory Medicine'
  • A one week general 'Tour' followed by a week of specialization
  • Two weeks of specialized instruction with a specific laboratory


Enrollment: Variable, Visiting students require permission from department.

Course # 685 – Laboratory Case Studies for Clinical Diagnosis

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

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

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


Clerkship Administrator: Katie Portante
Phone: 206.744.9316
E-mail: 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: Michelle Ting 
Phone: 206.685.1601
Email: mting@uw.edu
Box 359608

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

To Apply:

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

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

Course # OPHTH 681 – HMC/UW Eye Institute

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

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

Enrollment: 3 students

Course # OPHTH 683 – Children’s-Seattle

Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 2 Weeks

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student (by department permission only)

Course # OPHTH 685 – VAPSHCS

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student

Course # OPHTH 686 – GHC

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student

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

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

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student


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

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

To Apply:

  1. Please contact the Clerkship Administrator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. Supplemental materials include: a copy of the student’s CV/Resume, a copy of the student’s USMLE Step 1 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 – Musculoskeletal Oncology / UWMC, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance & Seattle Children's Hospital

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 680 – General Orthopaedic Clerkship / VAMC

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

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

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

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 / Northwest Hospital

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 687 P- Shoulder and Elbow / UWMC

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

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

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation


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

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

Offered:

  • 06/24/19 - 07/19/19
  • 07/22/19 - 08/16/19
  • 08/19/19 - 09/13/19
  • 09/23/19 - 10/18/19

To Apply:

  1. Through VSAS, upload all documents and complete questions required by the otolaryngology department for this elective.
  2. Complete the VSAS application for School of Medicine and upload all 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 their intent or qualifications.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. If you are interested in our Diversity Visiting Sub-Internship Program, please visit https://otolaryngology.uw.edu/uw-otolaryngology-diversity-visiting-sub-internship-program. Completion of VSAS application is required also.

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.

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

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

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

    Objectives:

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

    Schedule:

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

    Courses:

    OTOHN 680 – Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery UW
    https://www.uwmedicine.org/locations/otolaryngology-head-and-neck-surgery-center-uwmc

    OTOHN 681 – Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Harborview Medical Center
    https://www.uwmedicine.org/locations/otolaryngology-head-and-neck-surgery-harborview

    OTOHN 682 – Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery – VA Puget Sound
    https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/

    OTOHN 684 – Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Seattle Children’s Hospital
    https://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics/otolaryngology/

     

    Otolaryngology Faculty:
    http://otolaryngology.uw.edu/faculty


    Clerkship Administrator: Anna Nolin
    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 - Neuropathology - Harborview Medical Center

    Offered: A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisite: Third-year medical students
    Contact: pthclerk@uw.edu
    Course Director: Luis Gonzales-Cuyer, 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

    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: Timothy Williams, 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.


    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. If space is available, students will be matched to open elective rotations and notified via VSAS no earlier than 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the elective.
    6. All pediatric elective applicants must provide one letter of recommendation and a current CV. Your application will not be considered without these materials, which must be uploaded directly to VSAS. Letters of recommendation do not have to be from a pediatrician but should be from someone with whom you worked closely in a clinical setting. Letters of recommendation must be signed and on official letterhead.
    7. Placement in an elective in Pediatrics does not guarantee an interview for the Pediatrics Residency Program.

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

    ​Funded fourth year medical student rotations in Pediatrics will be available at Seattle Children's Hospital from August 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: R. Burns
    Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Surgery Core Clerkship

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

    This elective is not offered July through October.​

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

    Course # 669 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

    4 Weeks

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

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

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

    Course # 670 – Pediatric Infectious Diseases

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

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

    This elective is not offered July through October.​

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

    Course # 671 – Pediatric Endocrinology

    4 Weeks
    Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi
    Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

    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.

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

    Course # 677 – ​Pediatric Intensive Care

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

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

    This elective is not offered July through October.​

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

    Course # 679 – Clinical Problems in Developmental Disabilities

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

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

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

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

    Course # 681 – Medical Genetics

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

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

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

    Course # 683 – Pediatric Nephrology

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

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

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

    Course # 684 – Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

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

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

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

    Course # 685 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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

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

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

    Course # 686 – Pediatric Cardiology

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

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

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

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

    Course # 687 – Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship

    2 Weeks

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

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

    This elective is not offered July through September.

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

    Course # 688 – Pediatric Rheumatology

    4 weeks

    Instructor: K. Hayward
    Prerequisites: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

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

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

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

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

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

    This elective is not offered July through October.​

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

    Course # 694 – Adolescent Medicine

    4 weeks

    Instructor: D. Breland

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

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

    Enrollment: 1 student

    Course # 695 – Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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

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

    This elective is not offered July through September.

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

    Course # 696 – Pediatric Endocrinology

    2 Weeks
    Instructor: D. Nandi-Munshi
    Prerequisite: Pediatrics, Medicine and Ob/Gyn Core Clerkships

    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.

    This elective is not offered July through September.

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


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

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

    To Apply:

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

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PBSCI 671 P – Clerkship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry HMC

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Goals/Objectives:

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

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

    Conferences: Clinical care conferences.

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

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

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

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

    PBSCI 673 P – Outpatient Psychiatry Elective

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

    Goals:

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

    Objectives:

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

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

    Presentations:

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

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

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

    PBSCI 680 P – Clerkship in Emergency Psychiatry

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PBSCI 688 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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

    PBSCI 689 P – Subinternship in General Psychiatry – Spokane

    Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks
    Prerequisite: Permission by preceptor required. Psychiatry core clerkship.
    Total Enrollment: Limited.
    Faculty Contact: Dr. Paul Borghesani
    Clerkship Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
    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.


    Clinical care conferences in each clinical unit.

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

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

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

    Other: Student doing this rotation 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 Administrator: Gayle Schneider; 206.744.3443; gschneid@uw.edu
    Clerkship Site: Child Study and Treatment Center, Lakewood, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PBSCI 696 P – Advanced Clerkship in Child Psychiatry

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

    Preceptor: Dr. Shannon Simmons

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

    Clerkship Site: Seattle Children’s Hospital

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

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

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

    Objectives:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    To Apply:

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

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


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

     

    Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program - Deadline - March 1, 2019
    https://www.washington.edu/urology/education/medicalstudents/sub-internships/  

    Diversity Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program - Deadline - March 1, 2019
    https://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/faculty/


    Program Administrator: Karen Ennes (Interim)
    Phone: 206.685.0936
    Email: rmmedstudents@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 6 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 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.
    4. Due to the department’s primary commitment to UW medical students, limited space is available for visiting students. This requires the department to make the basis of their selection for visiting students more competitive, so you will also need to apply to the department independently. To apply to the department, please submit the following material to the department clerkship coordinator via email:
      1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
      2. COMLEX or USMLE Scores
      3. A statement of interest outlining your interest in this clerkship opportunity, what you would like to accomplish while you are here, and your future aspiration in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
      4. Please also include a copy of the clerkship date(s) that you applied for.

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

    REHAB 687 – Rehabilitation Medicine -  Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship

    Offered: S, A – 4 Weeks, 8 Credits
    Clerkship Director: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless​
    Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing
    Clerkship Site: Harborview Medical Center

    Course Description: This course is intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  The experience is primarily 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. Student will have additional educational opportunities in outpatient, electrodiagnostic, and consultation settings.

    REHAB 689 – Rehabilitation Medicine -  Spinal Cord Injury

    Offered: Summer, Autumn; 4 weeks 
    Clerkship Director: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless
    Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing
    Clerkship Site: Seattle VA Spinal Cord Injury Service

    Course Description: On the VA spinal cord injury clerkship, students will be introduced to the diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury. Students will learn to interact with the rehabilitation team as well as the Spinal Cord Injury sub-specialists in Urology, Neurosurgery, and Plastic Surgery. Students will see patients with acute injuries and will follow them as they progress through rehabilitation in order to function at a maximal level. Patients will also have chronic injuries with hospitalization for rehabilitation or for management of conditions such as neurogenic bladder, bowel, pressure ulcers, spasticity, pain or other medical conditions.

    REHAB 690 – Rehabilitation Medicine -  Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship

    Offered: Summer, Autumn; 4 weeks
    Clerkship Director: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam and Dr. Mindy Loveless
    Prerequisites: Fourth year medical student standing
    Clerkship Site: University of Washington Medical Center

    Course Description: This course is intended for those interested i n exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The experience is primarily 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. Student will have additional educational opportunities in outpatient, electrodiagnostic, and consultation settings.


    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: 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 the following supplemental survey (opens March 1): https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/surgstus/357676
    •  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 2019/2020 academic year need to be submitted by 11p PST March 24 in order to be considered.
    3. In addition to required application materials via VSAS you must complete the following supplemental survey: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/surgstus/357676

    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, third or 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, third or 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 Externship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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 Externship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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 Clerkship and Preceptorship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. 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 Clerkship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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 (UWMC) # SURG 664 (VAMC) – Subinternship in General Surgery

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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, third or 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 Clerkship

    Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
    Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or 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.