Student-Alumni Informational Days (SAID)
“Drs. Pelman and Browning were terrific hosts, very approachable and easy to talk to about medicine, regular life and everything in-between. Plus, Dr. Browning is a wonderful cook.”
—Student Michael S. McBain, M.D. ’11
SAID is designed to provide first- and second-year students with casual opportunities to meet and network with practicing alumni physicians in the Seattle area. Join hundreds of students who have received real-life advice and gained insight into the profession.
Alumni host students in various locations — their homes, area restaurants or coffee shops — and lively conversations about medical practice, work-life balance and many other topics ensue. To keep the event personal, relaxed and informative, alumni are generally matched with one to four students; some volunteers partner with other alumni to engage a larger group of students. We ask hosts to meet you within 20 miles of campus.
When does SAID take place?
November and February. Registration for the February session has closed.
How do you sign up?
- Complete the registration form. We will build a profile to share with your host.
- You can identify up to three interest areas, and we’ll do our best to match you with an alumnus/a in that specialty.
What happens after you fill out the form?
- We’ll send your profile and contact information to your host.
- The alumnus/a will contact you to set up a place and time.
- We’ll also send you a toolkit to help prepare for the event: potential questions/topics to discuss, plus the names of other students matched with your host.
- If other students are attending, please introduce yourselves prior to the event and coordinate travel.
How do you follow up?
The alumni association works hard to make sure both students and alumni have a good experience with the SAID program. As alumni are volunteering their time to mentor you, we suggest thanking your host by sending an email or a card within a week of the visit.
About Answering and Asking Questions
Alumni may ask you:
- Why are you interested in studying medicine?
- What would you have done if you hadn’t pursued medical school?
- What interests you in my specialty?
- What other areas of medicine are you interested in and why?
You may want to ask alumni:
- What interested you about medicine as a career?
- At what point in medical school did you decide on your specialty and why?
- What other fields did you consider?
- What did you wish you knew before starting a career in medicine?
- What is the best part about practicing medicine?
- What is the most challenging part of practicing medicine?
- How do you maintain a good work-life balance?
- How has the field changed since you started practicing?