Future Plans

The following descriptions will provide you with information about several of the options that you may be considering for July and beyond.

  1. Reappointment

    The appointment date for 2017-18 positions in our program is February 1, 2017. During January, R1s and R2s in a three-year track and 2017-18 Chief Residents/R4s will receive a Resident/Fellow Position Agreement signature page via MedHub. Although you will not be asked to make a firm commitment prior to January 17th, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible if you are considering not returning next year. On February 1st, we will expect you to make a firm commitment.

  2. Special Electives (2017-18)

    If you are thinking about doing something wonderful and unique next year (spending a rotation working in a foreign country, including Naivasha, spending time on a service that is not part of our core medicine, spending time working with your mom in her clinic), you’ll need to complete and submit an application.  These applications are due February 15, 2017 by noon. Send your completed application to me, including your faculty mentor’s comments of support, and I’ll forward to the various review committees (kcorning@uw.edu).

    If you are curious if the rotation you are thinking about is part of our “core” you can review the rotation descriptions from this year (2016-17) on-line (https://depts.washington.edu/uwmedres/pdf/schedules/Schedule_descriptions_15-16.pdf).  It’s important to note that you do not need to completed a form for an official WWAMI rotation, but you do need to complete a form for the IHS location in Shiprock, NM as that is not an official part of our WWAMI program.

    There are four unique applications forms for special electives depending on what you’d like to do, which are all located on our website (https://depts.washington.edu/uwmedres/policies/schedules/) :

    • Clinical Elective – this is for any direct patient care rotation that is not included in our rotation descriptions
    • Independent Elective – to be used if you’d like to have dedicated time for curriculum development or a QI project.  Four weeks is the maximum time that will be awarded for either of these activities
    • Naivasha – As there is often more demand than capacity, any residents requesting a rotation at the District Hospital in Naivasha must provide a narrative describing how this experience is relevant to your professional and educational goals.
    • Research Elective – Heads up!  Setting up a research project always takes more time than people anticipate so I strongly suggest that you start working on this NOW. Your RAMP advisors can be a great resource to help you identify potential research mentors as can your APD.

    A few things to keep in mind as you think about all the amazing opportunities available to you…

    1. The ABIM limits the amount of non-clinical time to 3 months in three years of training. Clinical time is defined as direct patient care.
      • Clinician/Educator pathway has 2 blocks non-clinical time (one in the R2 year and one in the R3 year)
      • Global Health pathway has 1 block non-clinical time in the R2 year
      • Health Systems pathway has 2 blocks non-clinical time (one in the R2 year and one in the R3 year)
      • Research blocks are almost always non-clinical, unless you are involved in providing direct patient care as part of a clinical trial
    2. All the pathway specialized rotations will be held during the same time next year (block 4)
    3. The Global Health Leadership rotation is available to residents outside the GH pathway (block 4)
    4. The HIV rotation is available to residents outside the HIV pathway (blocks 2-13)

  3. Schedule Timeline (2017-18)

    Jan 13Pathway applications due; Resident contracts to be readied for signature
    Feb 1Pathway acceptance notifications; RFPA signature pages due
    Feb 15Special Elective applications due
    Feb 18Special Elective acceptance notifications; Schedule Preference forms readied
    Mar 14Schedule Preference forms due (tentative depending on when the preference forms are actually sent to you)
    Apr 14R2/R3 schedules to you (hopefully)
    May 1Admitting schedules for all complete (again hopefully)
    May 15Clinic schedules completed for at least the 1st half of the year (sensing a trend…hopefully)
  4. Chief Resident Positions (2017-18)

    If you are interested in any of the Chief Resident positions available in 2017-18, you must sign a Release of Information Form and contact the appropriate office soon to discuss your plans. It is quite appropriate for you to meet with the contact persons from several sites if you are interested in more than one position. Decisions for the Chief Resident offers will be made on April 1, 2016.


    Harborview Medical Center

    Please bring a CV to each interview

    Ambulatory – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Dolly McNair (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Interviews:
    Virginia Broudy, MD (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Jill Watanabe, MD (206) 744-6813 and
    John Sheffield, MD (206) 744-8778 and
    Jamie Darnton, MD (206) 744-4928

    Inpatient – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Dolly McNair (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Interviews:
    Virginia Broudy, MD (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    John Sheffield, MD (206) 744-8778 and
    Maria Corcorran, MD (206) 744-4941

    University of Washington Medical Center

    Please bring a CV to each interview

    Ambulatory – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Deb Greenberg, MD (206) 598-5522 (debbiegr@u.washington.edu)
    Interviews:
    Brad Anawalt, MD, (206) 897-1411
    Deb Greenberg, MD (206) 598-5522 (debbiegr@u.washington.edu)

    Inpatient – 2 positions alternating six months active and six months scholarship

    Initial Contact:
    Brad Anawalt, MD, (206) 897-1411
    Interviews:
    William Bremner, MD, PhD (206) 543-3293
    Brad Anawalt, MD, (206) 897-1411

    Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System

    Please bring a CV to each interview

    Clinician Teacher – 2 positions

    Initial Contact:
    Mercy Sobervilla (206) 764-2345
    Interviews:
    Ginger Evans, MD (gingere@va.gov)
    Joyce Wipf, MD (jwipf@uw.edu)

    Inpatient – 2 positions, split 6 months active & 6 months scholarship

    Initial Contact:
    Mercy Sobervilla (206) 764-2345
    Interviews:
    Rudy Rodriguez, MD (rudy.rodriguez@va.gov)
    Paul Cornia, MD (paul.cornia@va.gov)
    Joyce Wipf, MD (jwipf@uw.edu)

    Quality & Patient Safety – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Mercy Sobervilla (206) 764-2345
    Interviews:
    Chris Vanderwarker, MD (christopher.vanderwarker@va.gov)
    Paul Cornia, MD (paul.cornia@va.gov)

    District Hospital in Naivasha, Kenya

    Inpatient – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Carey Farquahr, MD (206-543-4278 or cfarq@uw.edu)

    Please submit your CV, 2 letters of recommendation that address your ability to meet the CEPI goals, and a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and addressing your specific qualifications and experience to Dr. Carey Farquhar (cfarq@uw.edu).


  5. Fellowship Training

    Information regarding UW fellowship programs is located on the Medicine Residency website under Professional Development.

    If you intend to apply for fellowship in summer 2017, you should begin thinking about the application process. During the R2 Professional Development: The Job Search (May 18, 2017), we will have breakout sessions for those applying for fellowship. In addition, we will be sending information out to the resident community early spring about timelines and what to expect.

    The official departmental letter of recommendation for a fellowship will be written by your assigned Associate Program Director and co-signed by Dr. Steinberg. Throughout the spring, they will be available to meet with you to review your plans and discuss your letters. They are also willing to help you identify appropriate faculty members in the subspecialty divisions with whom you can discuss support of your application.

    The Medicine Residency Office will coordinate the letter writing process. You will need to provide your letter writer with a current copy of your CV and personal statement if you have one. At least two weeks’ notice is required to meet with you, review your file, and prepare your letter.

  6. Fellowship Training in ABIM Research Pathway (“Fast-Tracking”)

    The ABIM Research Pathway is intended for trainees who seek academic careers as investigators in basic science or clinical research. Training for the Research Pathway is longer in duration than standard clinical training (i.e., a total six or seven years for subspecialties).

    Since the Research Pathway only requires two years of full time clinical training in an accredited Internal Medicine residency program, the Board emphasizes that the curriculum is not optimal preparation for a career in clinical practice. If trainees in the Research Pathway decide to change their career path from investigator to clinician, they must meet all of the requirements for the standard thirty-six month clinical pathway.

  7. Going into Practice

    Please keep in mind, Dr. Steinberg is happy to meet with you and personally support your application by providing a recommendation. If you are requesting a letter of recommendation, at least two weeks’ notice is required to meet with you, review your file, and prepare your letter.

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