Virginia Mason - Contact Virginia Mason site coordinator
VA - free onsite parking in multi tier garage
* UWMC and HMC parking services are informed of students names, emails and rotation dates 3 weeks prior to the start of each rotation.
What if I need special accommodations?
These arrangements are made by UWSOM Office of Student Affairs in A-300. The UWSOM typically contacts the Departments but please reach out to the Department Administrator as well with at least 6 weeks notice.
What if I get sick?
Contact your site director as well as the attending or resident in charge prior to the start of the shift. You are required to receive confirmation (direct conversation, return email or phone call) from the site director and/or the attending/resident in charge indicating that the team is aware of your absence.
* UWMC students must also include the Department of Surgery Administrator.
How do I arrange housing at one of the WWAMI sites?
Please contact the UWSOM and your site coordinator for housing information.
Will I be supplied with a pager?
No, it is your responsibility to obtain a pager.
UWMC students are not required to obtain a pager but would need a smart phone in replacement.
What if I forget my access code for patient data privileges?
Call UW Technology IT services at (206) 543-7012 for assistance.
Will I be on call my first night of the clerkship?
This may happen. It is a good idea to come prepared
to take call the first day just in case. You can always contact your site to see if they have a schedule available.
What if I need a day off for a wedding or a conference?
Do not assume you will get the day(s) off. All anticipated absence must be cleared through the Department of Surgery Administrator at least 6 weeks in advance.
Consensus site grades are supplied by site directors and sent verbatim to the Dean. The Site
Anchorage: Dr. Jeff Sedlack
Billings Clinic: Dr. Scott Dull | Billings Surgical Associates: Dr. Jeffrey Rentz
Boise VAMC: Dr. Kim Lynch
Bozeman: Dr. David Parks
Caldwell: Drs. Cornwell and Hardy
Casper: Dr. James Anderson
Fairbanks: Dr. Timothy Teslow
Harborview: Dr. Grant O'Keefe
Kalispell: Dr. Robin Harrison
Madigan: Dr. John Horton
Missoula: Dr. Bradley Pickhardt
Northwest: Dr. Rebecca Petersen
Olympia: Dr. Kevin Robinson
Sheridan: Dr. Sara Smith
Spokane: Dr. Sara Christante
Spokane VA: Dr. Scott Nye
Swedish: Dr. Alex Farivar
UWMC: Dr. Kristine Calhoun
VA (Puget Sound): Dr. Kathleen Berfield
Virginia Mason: Dr. Jared Brandenberger
Wenatchee: Dr. Catherine Straub
How do I excel on the clinical
portion of the rotation?
patients and their disease processes, be
prepared for the operating room with an understanding of the procedure,
alternatives and relevant anatomy and physiology. Be a proactive and
ENTHUSIASTIC member of the surgical team. Refer to the PowerPoint presentation given at General Orientation.
Is one site more generous with clinical Honors?
All sites should be grading each student individually on their performance.
What if I fail the Surgery Clerkship?
Please discuss the policy with the Department of Surgery Administrator.
If, at the end of my
clerkship, all my write-ups
have not been returned, what should I do?
your site coordinator which
faculty members still have your work. This will help in getting your
grade compiled in a timely fashion.
If I finished my
clerkship a long time ago and I haven't
received a grade, what should I do?
The Department has up to 30 days to process grades. If you do not have a grade after 30 days contact the Department of Surgery Administrator for help. Grades must
be processed by the Department before they go to the Dean's office.
When can I take my final exam (required courses only)?
The final exam for the surgery clerkship is always given on the last
Thursday morning of the rotation. Please plan to take the exam at that
time. If you have any questions regarding your exam please review the UW School of Medicine's exam website. (also found on the "Grading and Exam" menu)