Applying to TRUST
Here's what you need to know about applying to be a TRUST Scholar.
UW School of Medicine Applicants for Class Entering in 2014 (E14) - Applications for 2014 Will Be Available Soon!
Qualified University of Washington applicants will have the opportunity to apply to the TRUST program within their secondary application materials. The secondary application is available only through the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM).
The Application Process
TRUST applicants must submit all application materials, as with all University of Washington School of Medicine applicants, to the UWSOM Admissions Office by December 1, 2013. Materials received after this date will not be considered.
Timing and location of the TRUST Scholar interviews vary by state. Interviews usually occur in January or February of each year. Please pay close attention to the information provided by the UWSOM Admissions staff once you have been selected to be interviewed.
First Year Campus and Continuity Community Assignments
Montana TRUST Scholars will be assigned to the Bozeman first year campus. While TRUST Scholars preferences will be taken into account, the TRUST Selection Committee will make the final decision on continuity community site assignments in Montana. Montana has rural and small city TRUST continuity community sites. See TRUST Locations for more information.
Washington TRUST Scholars may indicate a preference for their first year campus, (Spokane or Seattle) and continuity community sites. While Scholar preferences will be taken into account, the TRUST Selection Committee will make the final decision on Scholar assignments to both the first year campus and continuity community sites.
Washington has rural and small city TRUST continuity community sites. See TRUST Locations for more information.
Idaho TRUST Scholars will be assigned to the Moscow first year campus. While TRUST Scholars preferences will be taken into account, the TRUST Selection Committee will make the final decision on the continuity community site assignments in Idaho. Idaho has rural and small city TRUST continuity community sites. See TRUST Locations for more information.
TRUST Commitment Statement
Upon completing the TRUST application, applicants will be asked to sign the following Commitment Statement:
"I understand that I am agreeing to participate in the Targeted Rural Underserved Track 2- (TRUST) Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. If I am accepted into this program, I make a firm commitment as a TRUST Scholar to fully participate in and complete the requirements of the program. I understand the current learning plan and am aware of the opportunities afforded in the TRUST program. I understand that the TRUST program is intended as training for those medical students who fully intend to practice medicine in rural or other underserved areas. I understand that if I am offered admission into the TRUST program and decline this offer, I will not be offered admission to the UW School of Medicine for the same entering year. If I am not accepted into the TRUST program, my application will still be considered for admission into the regular medical school class for the same entering year."
Expectations of TRUST Scholars*
I. In the TRUST First Summer Experience students will spend time with a rural (WA and MT*) or small city community health center (MT only*) underserved mentor at a TRUST site in same state as their first year campus.
II. Upon matriculation the student will be assigned a Seattle based College faculty mentor who has a rural or urban underserved background.
III. TRUST First Summer Experience will include enrollment in the UWSOM Underserved Pathway (UP). A Certificate of Completion (upon successful completion) of Pathway requirements, is given at graduation.
IV. Year one will also include enrollment in a required rural health selective taken at the students respective first year campus and other TRUST events.
V. During year one TRUST students will travel to visit their rural or small city mentor for at least one weekend or weekday placement in both the fall and spring, at a mutually agreeable time.
VI. Between the year one and year two, TRUST students will participate in a RUOP III-3 (Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program) with their rural or small city mentor. If accepted to IHOP this can, with prior approval and stipulations, be substituted for the above requirement.
VII. Year two will include, enrollment in, FAMED 540, a required rural health selective at the UWSOM Seattle campus and other TRUST events.
VIII.Year two will also include quarterly UWSOM Underserved Pathway in-person module sessions lead by faculty while in Seattle.
IX. Year three will include a WRITE (WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience - 16 week + 4 week elective continuity experience) with their their rural or small city mentor.
X. Year four will include the possibility of linkages with specific UWSOM residencies to help facilitate clerkship experiences at these residencies.
XI. During year four students will participate in career counseling, assistance with residency application, and possibility of an early match.
XII. If funding allows, TRUST will provide travel and assist with participation in national and/or regional rural and underserved health conferences or conferences to assist in residency selection.
XIII. Participate in requirements of your TRUST state, first year campus, and Seattle as your second year campus: For more information please refer to the TRUST curriculum website.
* This is a broad learning plan which includes basic TRUST requirements for three UWSOM campuses: Montana (Bozeman), Eastern Washington (Spokane) and Western Washington (Seattle). Please refer to the TRUST curriculum website for more information, some TRUST program requirements vary at each first year campus.