Weekly Information for UW Medical Students

September 30, 2021

COVID-related Information


Do You Have Concerns About COVID- 19 Symptoms or a Possible Exposure? 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have encountered a possible or known exposure, please follow these COVID-19 Exposure/Symptoms/Diagnosis procedures:

UW Medicine Town Hall Meeting

Please join us for the next UW Medicine Town Hall on Friday, October 1, at 3:00 PM PT.


Information for All Students

Scheduling Pfizer Booster Vaccine Through UW Medicine

Currently, UW Medicine is scheduling appointments for boosters of the Pfizer vaccine for healthcare workers – including students - who completed their initial Pfizer vaccine series at least six months previously.

To schedule an appointment, students should call 844-520-8700. Eligible students will be added to the waitlist and will receive a call within 24 hours to schedule.

If you are not in the Seattle area and will not be coming to the Seattle area, please contact your regional campus Foundations dean or clinical dean if you need help determining where you can receive a Pfizer booster vaccine.

The CDC has not yet recommended a booster for those who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. We will keep you informed when these guidelines are available. Please note, also, that UW Medicine will be following the current CDC recommendation that people should not mix COVID-19 vaccines, including for boosters.
UWSOM Accreditation Status      

In response to student requests for more information about UWSOM’s accreditation status, we developed a new accreditation website. Throughout 2021, the accreditation website will be updated monthly to provide an executive summary of each of the twelve accreditation standards and UWSOM’s compliance with those standards. Standard 9 on Teaching, Supervision, Assessment and Student and Patient Safety is now available.     

We encourage you to take a look and learn more about accreditation at allopathic medical schools.   
Student Alumni Informational Discussions (SAID) Announcement  
Do you have questions about life after medical school? Are you wondering what it’s like to be in a particular specialty? The UW School of Medicine Alumni Association invites you to participate in SAID! It’s your chance to connect with alumni and a small group of fellow students over Zoom or in person – we have a lot of available sessions in a wide range of specialties for you to join! Register today at https://events.uw.edu/d/0mqc51/
Financial Aid Updates 

REMINDER: Loans aren’t accruing interested until January 31, 2022 

Due to the extension of the CARES Act, loans aren’t accruing interest until 1/31/2022. Because of this, if you received too much aid in fall quarter, we strongly recommend borrowing less in winter quarter instead of returning your fall quarter aid. To borrow less in winter quarter, email somfao@uw.edu by December 1 and be sure to tell us how much you want to decrease. 

Outside Scholarship Opportunity 
Avys Hathaway Scholarship Endowment Award 
  • Due Date: November 15, 2021 
  • Amount: $5,000 
  • Requirements: single woman, head of household, living in the Seattle community and pursuing a graduate degree 
  • For more information and to apply, visit their website 
UW Medicine Soup Recipes 

As we enter the colder months still physically distanced, sharing favorite soup recipes can bring us together. From timeless staples passed down for generations in a family to newly discovered concoctions, read the culinary creations of your fellow UW Medicine members for inspiration this season. 

Share your own recipe for warmth with the community by submitting one of your favorites here

Class Updates for This Week


In case you missed it...

Here is a link to last week’s UWSOM Student Newsletter. That issue included the following information for all students: 
  • New Strategic Plan for Medical Student Education Program - Student Input Requested