Stay Connected. The UW School of Medicine Alumni Association is your connection to your classmates, your school and other alumni. It also provides opportunities for you to volunteer your time and talents, regardless of where you live. Volunteers are a vital part of the association, making a difference in the lives of students and fellow alumni alike.
Get Involved. There are a variety of ways you can get involved; most programs take a limited amount of time and can be done as your schedule allows. Once you decide how you’d like to help, please complete our volunteer registration form. We will follow up with you about your interests.
“It feels good to help. It was fun to spend time with a med student again — it took me back to my own days interviewing.”
—Julia Iwamasa, M.D. ’03, New York, N.Y.
“My students stay in touch with me, they shadow me at my job, and maybe someday they’ll work with me. I always learn a lot [from my interactions with them] and get energized anew about a career in medicine.”
—Jane Lester, M.D. ’86, Seattle, Wash.
Students relish the opportunity to meet alumni and learn from those who have walked in their shoes. By participating in these programs, you’ll make a difference in a student’s life and hear about your medical school today.
“The student’s energy and optimism about the future of medicine are refreshing.”
— Steven Anderson, M.D., ’80, Seattle, Wash.
Host Student-Alumni Informational Discussions (SAID).
Arrange a casual gathering — dinner, lunch or coffee — for two or more medical students. Share information, and answer questions about your specialty, work-life balance and more. Participating students are typically in their first or second year.
Time commitment: two to three hours on a date of your choice within a four-week period. Sessions occur in the Seattle area in the fall and in Spokane and Moscow, ID, in the spring.
Talk With Students.
Speak individually with students, over the phone or in person, who are interested in hearing more about your specialty, practice, research, etc. Answer their questions about your career path, applying to residency, work-life balance and more.
Time commitment: one or more hours, throughout the year and based on your availability. Volunteers can live anywhere in the country or the world.
Conduct mock residency interviews.
Help the Office of Career Advising conduct mock residency interviews for fourth-year students. No experience required — your personal experience is all that’s needed to give students valuable feedback! Sample questions will be provided.
Time commitment: two hours, various dates and times in September and October. Interviews take place in Seattle.
Welcome new graduates.
Allow the alumni association to share your contact information with those who match in your area. Students will receive your contact information after Match Day. Then they will contact you with questions as they prepare for their move or when they first arrive.
Time commitment: minimal.
Join the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni Relations to welcome incoming medical students to the UW School of Medicine. Stethoscopes, a gift from the alumni association, are presented to each student by an alumna/alumnus.
Time commitment: two hours in mid- or late August. Stethoscope ceremonies occur in Seattle and throughout the WWAMI region.
Share words of wisdom with students.
Share your hard-won insights with students! We give your advice to students at hey milestones, such as when they transition from the classroom to clinical work (White Coat Ceremony) and when they graduate. Simply email a few lines to email@example.com.
Time commitment: minimal.
Host a student (Seattle Homestay).
Offer housing for third- and fourth-year UW medical students or visiting international students who are in Seattle for a clerkship. A typical stay is about four weeks. You are not expected to provide food or transportation. We will contact you when a student requests accommodations, and you can decide if the timing works for you.
Time commitment: varies, depending on interaction.
Help Our Students Travel (HOST).
Provide overnight lodging for fourth-year students who are visiting your community for residency interviews. Students typically stay for one or two nights. You are not expected to provide food or transportation. We will contact you when a student requests accommodations, and you can decide if the timing works for you.
Time commitment: varies, depending on interaction.
Volunteer for student-run service projects. Collaborate with the Service Learning Resource Center and medical students to offer health screenings, referral services and healthcare education at a local community outreach program. A variety of projects occur throughout the year in Seattle and across the WWAMI region.
Time commitment: varies, a few hours to one or more days.
Your connection to the UW School of Medicine — and your classmates — lasts a lifetime. Be part of the alumni association, and help foster connections among alumni.
“The time commitment is modest, and the rewards of being involved far exceed the time you will spend.”
— Angela Chien, M.D., ’95, Seattle, Wash.
“Participating on my reunion committee was a great way to reconnect with good friends from medical school. Just hearing their voices on conference calls was rewarding — and together, we contributed to building a reunion program that would be appreciated by our classmates.”
— Lili Peacock-Chambers, M.D., ’10, Boston, Mass.
Talk with alumni. Allow the alumni association to share your contact information with other alumni who want to make connections or get insight on fellowships, new jobs, new citites, etc. Conversations can be by phone or in person.
Time commitment: one or more hours, throught the year and based on your availability.
Host an event. Help the alumni association host an informal alumni gathering in your area or at a national specialty conference. Our staff does most of the work — you just need to attend and encourage others to attend! And be sure to take a few photos at the event — we may use them in UW Medicine magazine or post them on our website or Facebook page.
Time commitment: two to three hours.
Become a class representative. Serve as a liason between your class and the alumni association.
Time commitment: minimal, as needed.
Volunteer for your reunion. Ensure a successful turnout at your milestone reunion (5th to 50th and beyond!) by contacting your classmates and encouraging them to attend.
Time commitment: two hours — or as much time as you have to give — in the year preceding your reunion.
Serve on the alumni leadership council or a subcommittee. Provide leadership and guidance to the UW School of Medicine Alumni Association by participating in programs, meetings and committees.
Time commitment: four or more hours per year, and participation in student-alumni programs.
The opportunities listed below are not managed by the alumni office. However, if you are interested in any of them, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206.685.1875 or 866.633.2586, and we will gladly connect you with the appropriate offices or individuals.
Become a preceptor or host a clerkship. Become a preceptor for medical students or host a clerkship. Learn more about physician involvement.
Become a preceptor for R/UOP (the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program). To learn more about becoming a preceptor for R/UOP, a four-week summer immersion program for students, contact the program directly at email@example.com.
Teach “Introduction to Clinical Medicine.” Lead small groups, teach basic physical exams or listed to oral case presentations — all part of the course. To learn more, contact the Alumni Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serve on the Admissions Committee. Help select the next generation of UW Medicine students. Volunteers typically conduct 20 interviews over a six-month period from October through March. Each interview takes about an hour and a half, including the interview and prep time. Committee members may not have a relative in the admission process during the year they are on the committee. Generally, a three-year commitment is preferred. To learn more, contact the Alumni Association at email@example.com.