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An important benefit of medical education at the University of Washington is the opportunity to engage in clinical clerkships at sites in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. In general, the University provides resources supporting housing and travel to and from sites away from Seattle for students on required clerkships.
A site qualifies as an "away" clerkship if it is outside the Seattle metropolitan area (the Seattle metropolitan area is difficult to define precisely because of the geography of the Puget Sound region, but it is roughly an area containing the city of Seattle, bounded on the north by Everett, on the east by Lake Washington, and on the south by Tacoma). The required clerkships are: Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery, Neurology, Chronic Care and Emergency Medicine. There is no funding to support travel for preceptorships, surgery selectives or elective clerkships.
The travel desk will attempt to contact the student via automatic email six weeks prior to the starting date of the required away clerkship to initiate any necessary travel arrangements; however, students are responsible for contacting the travel desk six weeks prior, whether or not the travel desk contacts the student.
The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA is considered the student's official duty station. All trips originate from this location unless otherwise specified.
Except for travel to Seattle for a clerkship exam or a required lecture, students will only recieve reimbursement for one round trip to-and-from required clerkship sites where student housing is provided. Other sites which require daily travel (Everett, for example), will be reimbursed for each round trip made to the clinical site.
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