Day 1: Orientation - all Third Year Required Clerkships

The following TWO sessions are required for all Surgery students:

  1. General Orientation Session:
    Presented by our Director, Dr. Roger Tatum, or our Associate Director, Dr. Kris Calhoun
    7:30am - 9:00am (Pacific time)
    Seattle: in person at UWMC, 1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195
    WWAMI: virtual connection using Zoom; please work with your site on where to attend the virtual session. You will need a computer with an internet connection and speakers/headphones to hear the presenter
    ** Occasionally our Director or Associate Director will not be available to give the general orientation in person and you will be asked to watch the recorded session. Please note: if your rotation’s orientation will not be in person you will be informed via email when orientation information is sent out. The recorded version is below titled “General Orientation”

    Approximately 1 week prior to your first day you will receive an email that will contain:
    Seattle - conference room location
    WWAMI - Zoom connection information

  2. Site Orientation:
    Presented by your site
    Seattle sites (UWMC, HMC, VA, Swedish, NWH and the VA): report to your site no later than 10:00am or otherwise specified by your site coordinator
    WWAMI: please report to your site at the time specified by your site coordinator
    ** Please note: site orientations can vary. Please make sure you review the General Orientation PowerPoint enclosed in your orientation packet for all Department of Surgery expectations and policies.

Please review:

1. Department of Surgery's Dress Code Policy

2. UW School of Medicine website regarding their Policy on Professional Conduct


Previously recorded General Orientation session available for online streaming (updated June 2017)

All students will be given an orientation packet. Seattle students will get this at their in person orientation at UWMC. WWAMI sites will receive them from their site coordinator.

Additional orientation materials are below. These are helpful documents but you are not required to print them.

Welcome from Dr. Tatum Communcation With Patients
10 Golden Rules Harborview Map
2017 - 2018 Resident Photo Roster Swedish Map
Evaluation Example VA of Puget Sound Map
Patient Write-up Example Virginia Mason Map
Medical Student Prep Guide Madigan Map


Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.