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Department Requirements

All WRITE sites offer 3 weeks of outpatient Pediatrics, 3 weeks of outpatient Psychiatry, 6 weeks of outpatient Internal Medicine, the entire 6-week FM Clerkship, and starting with E-15 students a required 4-week elective (or other depending on availabilty) at the end of WRITE. (E-14s complete the 4-week chronic care clerkship.) Some sites are approved for OB/Gyn, in which case students will complete OB/Gyn rotation while at WRITE.

Department Requirements Tracker: https://courses.washington.edu/fmclerk/write/

  • Chronic Care
  • Chronic Care

    Chronic Care Mid-end Clerkship Review Form (PDF)


    The four week chronic care curriculum consists of elements of rehabilitation medicine, palliative care, geriatric medicine, and chronic pain.

    The goals and objectives of the chronic care disciplines should be incorporated throughout the entire WRITE experience. The WRITE lead preceptor will function as the WRITE Chronic Care site director. The chronic care component involves students delivering medical care to patients and families dealing with chronic illnesses, chronic pain, or needing palliative care as the end of life approaches.

    While students will learn aspects of the clinical disciplines of rehabilitation medicine, geriatric medicine, pain management, and palliative medicine, the curriculum will also focus on integrative learning experiences to help the student understand the process of medical care from the perspective of the patient and family.

    Students will be introduced to the obstacles that patients face and the resources that patients access in living with disability in their homes and communities, or dealing with dying, outside of the hospital ward or clinic visit.

    Curriculum Requirements

    Chronic Care curriculum requirements, are available at the Chronic Care Catalyst page and include required readings, logging patient visits, participation in a video curriculum, completing an ADL assessment: completing a home visit write-up and presentation, evaluation of a patient, a write-up of a therapist observation/interview, POGO-e sessions, as well as monthly particiation in UW TelePain session (students to email Sam Galey, smg1190@uw.edu when they attend a TelePain, letting him know that they are a WRITE student). Telepain is a weekly audio- and videoconference consultative session bringing together interprofessional specialists with experience in managing chronic pain and community practice providers. These videoconferences include didactic presentations by the pain faculty and case presentations from providers with questions. Please read more about Telepain at http://depts.washington.edu/anesth/care/pain/telepain.

    It is expected that students complete chronic care curriculum requirements throughout WRITE with a minimum goal of completing at least two assignments every four weeks.

    Chronic Care Goals and Objectives

    The student will be able to sensitively and effectively communicate a poor prognosis to patients and families, and provide appropriate counseling around this information using best demonstrated clinical practices.

    The student will be constructively involved in a team approach to care of patients with chronic illnesses.

    The student will be able to identify and perform appropriate clinical and functional assessments of patients with chronic disease, disability, and life limiting illness.

    The student will be able to identify how systems of care affect the delivery of care for patients with chronic disease, disability, and life limiting illness.

    The student will be able to use approaches to patients and families that support appropriate management of medical conditions outside of the hospital and clinic setting.

    The student will be able to elicit and understand the patient and family's perspective on the management of medical issues, including individual preferences, cultural perspectives, and religious beliefs as they affect the perception of care.

  • Family Medicine Clerkship
  • Family Medicine Clerkship

    Family Medicine Clerkship important events for WRITE Students-- Dept. of FM will be in touch with students to communicate FM Orientation, Practice Test Q&A, and FM Exam dates and times. Also refer to WRITE calendar at Forms Page:

    • Required Family Medicine Orientation Webinar
    • Clinical Reasoning Conference Call to answer questions
    • Online Final Exam

    WRITE Student Responsibilities for the Family Medicine Clerkship (FMC)

    Students are required to complete the following administrative activities to guarantee satisfactory progress in your clerkship.

    • Review FMC Syllabus and all documents on FMC, Info for Students website.
      Link to Info for Student’s Website:
      • READ THE FMC SYLLABUS. This also includes our FMC Goals and Objectives and Curricular Requirements.
      • The Family Medicine Clerkship web site is set up for the traditional 6-week clerkship. Taking into account the expanded nature of the WRITE program, it is not required that WRITE students complete at the same pace the weekly activities of the FM "Assignment Tracker," but should integrate the "weekly" requirements into their clerkship experience as it makes sense to do so, making sure to complete everything by the time of the Family Medicine exam.
    • Update Assignment Tracker every (~2-3 weeks)
      Link to tracker: http://courses.washington.edu/fmclerk/write/
      • Failure to update the form on a regular basis (~ every 2-3 weeks), will have an impact on your grade. All requirements must be logged and tracker must be complete by the end of WRITE. Any missing requirements will result in a make-up assignment to be determined by the Seattle FMC office. Be sure to document your encounters with Common Conditions.
    • Participate in the Orientation Webinar
      • Students are expected to participate in an online webinar orientation on the first Monday of the WRITE session, from 12 to 1PM Pacific Time. You will receive an email from the Clerkship Manager with login details and exact time / date, roughly a week before the webinar.
    • Complete the Clinical Reasoning Practice Test
      Here is the link: http://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/fmclerk/287255
      • This Clinical Reasoning Practice Test is composed of 14 multiple choice questions that are IDENTICAL IN FORMAT to the final exam and will be based on four fmCASES: Case 2 (Adult Prevention), Case 4 (Ankle Sprain and UTI), Case 6 (Diabetes), and Case 21 (Flu, Pneumonia, Pediatric Obesity). You should receive an email from the Clerkship Manager with details and exact time /date, roughly a week beforehand.
    • Attend conference call with clerkship Co-Director if you have questions about Clinical Reasoning Practice Test
      Call is offered multiple times throughout WRITE--please refer to WRITE calendar under Forms for dates:
      • This time is when you can call to discuss material with one of the Director. If you choose to call, make sure to schedule this with your site. The clerkship Co-Director will be available to help answer questions about any of the 14 multiple choice questions in the Clinical Reasoning Practice Test. Calling in for this conference call is optional, it is only intended to answer questions about the Clinical Reasoning Practice Test.
      • The conference call phone number is: 206-315-1785 or 1-800-379-684. The participant access code: 777713.
    • Complete FM Final Exam at your WRITE Site
      • This exam will test your application of the clinical knowledge you have gained from the clerkship, as well as from the recommended Cases (33 fmCASES and 7 SIMPLE and CLIPP cases). More information in FMC Syllabus.
    • Schedule and Actively Engage in Mid/End-of-Clerkship Reviews
      • The purpose of these reviews is to provide you with formative and summative feedback on your performance and track your completion of the clerkship curriculum. Reviews are held with your Primary Preceptor or the Site Director. Print out two copies of your Assignment Tracker to bring to each review session. Your Mid-Clerkship Review should be held during the third week of the clerkship. Your End-of-Clerkship Review should be done in the last week of WRITE. In both review meetings, your Site Director will share feedback about your performance in the rotation. Feedback may include things you did well and things that you should focus on for future rotations. You are encouraged to ask questions during these meetings if it is unclear or if you need further guidance about improving your performance.

    WRITE Preceptor Responsibilities for FM CLERKSHIP (FMC)

    The UWSOM Family Medicine Clerkship is a mastery clerkship: Students are assessed on their mastery of the core skills and knowledge of Family Medicine at the end of the rotation. All WRITE students earn six weeks of Family Medicine credit and will be required to complete Family Medicine's Curriculum, including the final exam. The UWSOM Department of Family Medicine Clerkship Web Site www.uwfmc.org*. The Family Medicine Clerkship, Info for Faculty Website contains specific information for Site Directors here you will find goals, requirements, expectations and teaching tips (https://depts.washington.edu/fammed/education/courses/clerkship/info-faculty/).

    • Toward the end of WRITE, the primary preceptor or Site Director is expected to complete a formal evaluation of the student using the online evaluation system, E*Value. Available on the Family Medicine Clerkship, Info for Faculty Website are evaluation aids including the: FM Feedback & Evaluation Form (Grade Anchors) can be downloaded, printed and distributed to preceptors who worked with the student in family medicine.
    • Also, useful and available for download on the Family Medicine Clerkship, Info for Faculty Website are the: FM Clerkship Syllabus, WRITE FMC Evaluation Process Overview, FM Grading Criteria, and Daily Feedback Cards.
    • Primary preceptors can use collected responses to input student evaluation into E-Value. More information on using E-Value and a direct link into the system will be sent to the primary preceptor at the time evaluations are due.
    • Grades are assigned in the Seattle office based on the scores and comments on the final evaluation from the WRITE sites.

    Note for WRITE Regarding the WRITE Curriculum Tracker and Required Feedback Sessions with Preceptor: 
    Students should keep their curriculum tracker updated and share it with his/her primary preceptor during the monthly written and verbal feedback sessions (PDF). During the review meetings, the preceptor will give feedback about student's performance in the clerkship. Feedback may include things done well and areas that should be focused on for improvement. Students are encouraged to ask questions during these meetings about the feedback and request further guidance about improving performance.
    *The Family Medicine Clerkship web site is set up for the traditional 6-week clerkship. Taking into account the expanded nature of the WRITE program, it is not required that WRITE students complete at the same pace the weekly activities of the FM "Assignment Tracker," but should integrate the "weekly" requirements into their clerkship experience as it makes sense to do so, making sure to complete everything by the time of the Family Medicine exam.

    Family Medicine Contact Information:
    Jaime Fitch
    Education Specialist and Program Manager
    UW Department of Family Medicine,
    Tel: 206-616-7890 Fax: 206-543-3821
    Email: fmclerk@uw.edu

  • Family Medicine Elective (not a requirement at WRITE)
  • Family Medicine Elective

    Most 2017-2018 WRITE students will be registered for a 4-week Family Medicine Clinical Elective at the end of their WRITE session. During students' last four weeks of WRITE, they must work primarily with their Family Medicine preceptor(s). Four-week electives are evaluated on a pass/fail basis. Students are expected to perform, and will be evaluated, at a higher level for this experience than for the required clerkship experience.

    Goals, requirements, and expectations for the FM Elective are located on the "Sub-Internship Resources for Preceptors" section of the FM web site.

    At the end of the two-week elective, the primary preceptor is expected to complete a formal evaluation of the student using the online evaluation system, E*Value. Please refer to the FM Web site for information about grading criteria and anchors. The primary preceptor can use collected responses from other preceptors to create a final evaluation in E*Value. More information on using E*Value and a direct link into the system will be sent to the primary preceptor at the time evaluations are due.

    Family Medicine Contact Information:
    Jaime Fitch
    Education Specialist and Program Manager
    UW Department of Family Medicine,
    Tel: 206-616-7890 Fax: 206-543-3821

    Email: fmclerk@uw.edu
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine


    Internal Medicine (Outpatient): https://imstudents.uw.edu/ The internal medicine clerkship is a twelve week clinical experience: eight weeks are focused on care of hospitalized adults and four on primary care internal medicine. Students who are doing internal medicine as part of WRITE will spend six weeks (either prior to or after WRITE) learning inpatient medicine at a large hospital at many of our Puget Sound area hospitals  or at Sacred Heart in Spokane. While at their WRITE sites, students will work with ambulatory internists or family physicians to complete the primary care portion of their internal medicine training.

    Final Exam is to be taken at the end of the inpatient portion of the internal medicine experience. Study information is available on the IM web site: https://imstudents.uw.edu/medicine-clerkship/final-exam. If you have questions about the internal medicine requirements or scheduling your exam, please contact Carmelita Mason-Richardson (carmelit@u.washington.edu) - 206 543-3237

    Logging Patients for IM: https://imstudents.uw.edu/medicine-clerkship/logging-patients  Students log internal medicine patients in E-Value under the department of medicine. This logging is in addition to logging patients in E-Value using PxDx .

    What students do in Seattle or Spokane during inpatient portion of IM

    What they see
    What students do (or will do) in Seattle or Spokane
    For students at the five academic hospitals, they will be part of a resident team, usually made up of a faculty attending, a senior resident, one or two interns, and one or two medical students. On average, students admit 1-2 patients every 3-4 days and carry 3-5 patients at a time, although specifics vary widely based on the logistics of the hospital and the abilities of the students. Each hospital serves a different population: UWMC has more patients with organ transplants and other esoteric problems, while patients at Harborview are more likely to have illnesses associated with poverty or homelessness, and the patients at the VA are a mix of older and younger veterans with differing medical problems. While at Virginia Mason, students will see a broad range of patients, including many who have illnesses typical for a urban, academic medical center (pneumonia and CHF) as well as a significant number of patients who come from all around the region for tertiary specialty care (ERCPs, severe acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer). Sacred Heart in Spokane is a regional tertiary care center drawing from not only the Eastern Washington area, but also Idaho and Montana. They typically have at least one to two diagnostic dilemmas on each service a week. As the major community hospital for Spokane, the student receives an excellent perspective of the community internist’s scope of practice--ranging from COPD exacerbations to GI bleeds. Sacred Heart also functions as the county hospital for the Eastern Washington area, so there is also a fair amount of indigent patients and the accompanying medical diseases associated with drug use and other poverty related illnesses.
    What they don’t see
    Because of changes in residency work hours, most residents no longer take overnight call; many students do not spend overnights in the hospital despite being scheduled for six weeks on an inpatient medicine rotation. Students also see very few patients with chest pain or heart disease, because cardiology is a separate service at the academic hospitals. A few students may be exposed to ICU but most won’t. Ambulatory experience is also very limited.

    Clerkship curriculum requirements

    WRITE students who complete their inpatient IM clerkship in the greater Puget Sound or Spokane area prior to WRITE are required to complete ALL 12 of the required online case modules (SIMPLE cases), 6 of the 12 required lectures, and 9 of the 12 required patient logging prior to going to WRITE (preventative care, hypertension and Joint and back pain can be completed at the WRITE site).

    WRITE students who do not complete their inpatient IM clerkship prior to WRITE are required to complete 3 of the 12 patient loggings for internal medicine: preventative care, hypertension and Joint and back pain while at WRITE. Please make sure you submit these via E*Value and in the INTERNAL MEDICINE program.

    Additionally, we recommend you work on the 12 required SIMPLE case requirements. The SIMPLE cases are designed to enhance your experience while on the Medicine Clerkship. This must be completed by the end of your inpatient rotation with medicine.

    What students should do during WRITE

    Primary care internal medicine
    The core of the IM training experience during WRITE is working with a primary care physician, preferably an internist. A WRITE student who spends one day per week working with a primary internist during their entire WRITE block will have a good opportunity to meet the educational goals for the primary care portion of the clerkship. Alternatively, 4 - 5 weeks full-time in an internist’s office would also satisfy this clerkship requirement.

    Other settings
    We also hope students will have an opportunity to work with adult and geriatric patients in other settings, particularly by taking advantage of the opportunity WRITE offers to follow patients they meet in clinic. Seeing those patients in the hospital, making nursing home and home visits, and visiting subspecialists with patients can all be very high-yield. Students may also benefit from working directly with subspecialists, hospitalists, or in emergency department settings but this does not meet the core requirement for primary care internal medicine.

    IM NBME Exam
    WRITE students who start WRITE prior to completing the inpatient IM clerkship will take their IM exam at the end of the inpatient experience in the Greater Puget Sound area. WRITE. Students who are at their WRITE site after completing their inpatient IM clerkship will take their final exam during WRITE. Because the exam is created and monitored by the National Board of Medical Examiners, students must take it at a site where appropriate proctoring is available. Students who have not already been in contact with Carmelita to determine their site selection for the exam should contact her at carmelit@uw.edu no later than 6 weeks into WRITE session to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements.

    More information

    Web site and preceptor’s guide
    The Department of Internal Medicine Clerkship web site is at https://imstudents.uw.edu/. On the site you will find the core clinical concepts, expectations, grading using P/RIME, and educational resources. All IM physicians at WRITE sites should read the WRITE IM Guide (PDF).

    Print textbook and online resources
    Each WRITE student is responsible for bringing a copy of the course syllabus/orientation materials and Internal Medicine Clerkship Guide, by Paauw DS, Burkholder L, Migeon M, eds. 2007. They also have access to the full online content of the UW library system through the HealthLinks care provider toolkit, http://hsl.uw.edu/toolkits/care-provider. We strongly recommend that preceptors encourage students to use their library access to look up relevant clinical topics when they see patients; we find that this real-time use of the literature both helps the student retain knowledge and encourages them to develop efficient search strategies that will serve them well later in practice.

    Site preceptors: Our grading system (both in Seattle and at WRITE sites) relies on direct evaluations by the internists working with the students. Internal Medicine requests that the names and email addresses of the Internal Medicine preceptors who work with the students at each WRITE site be emailed to your regional office who will then forward to the student program manager in Seattle. The preceptors will receive prompts to do evaluations on their students by the department throug E-Value--dependent on each site/student’s IM schedule. These progressive evaluations are then combined with the grades from Seattle to determine the final grade for the course.

    For questions:
    Chris Knight, MD
    Associate Clerkship Director for WWAMI & WRITE

    Carmelita Mason-Richardson
    UW Medicine, Manager Student Programs

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics

    The UWSOM Department of Pediatrics Clerkship web site is at http://www.washington.edu/medicine/pediatrics/students/current/third-year; here you will find curriculum requirements inlcuding CLIPP and ethics & professionalism cases: www.med-u.org. The Peds Educational Objectives (PDF) lists the basic pediatric competencies. It is suggested that students and preceptors review this guide.

    WRITE Students earn 3 weeks of Pediatrics credit during the on-site portion of the WRITE program while working with the family medicine preceptors and/or a faculty-appointed pediatrician in the community. Students will be given a Peds Clerkship Manual which covers pediatric clerkship requirements and will have the opportunity to complete portions during their first 3 weeks of their inpatient pediatric rotation or during their first few weeks at WRITE. Students are responsible for entering and logging assignments in the Pediatric Tracker upon completion of the clerkship. Students are asked to complete all CLIPP cases by time of pediatric exam.

    The student will be responsible for successfully completing a Pediatrics exam (either at the WRITE Site if the student has completed the inpatient portion of pediatrics or at the end of the inpatient portion of the clerkship away from WRITE site). For students taking the exam during WRITE, it will be scheduled about mid-way through WRITE. The exam is ONLINE and will need to be proctored--more details to come. The exam is based on CLIPP cases.

    Preceptor & Student Resources:

    Click to view the PDF of the Clinical Encounters: Pediatric 3rd Year Write Clerkship Form (PDF)

    Click to view the PDF of the Peds Mid-End Clerkship Review Form (PDF)

    Click to view the PDF of the Peds Educational Objectives (PDF): it is suggested that students and preceptors review this guide to determine if basic pediatric competencies are being met.

    Please contact the Pediatric WWAMI Program Coordinator, My Linh Nguyen, with any questions about your pediatric WRITE requirements, to obtain a clerkship preceptor manual, or to gain access to the Pediatric Tracker.

    Email: mylinh.nguyen@seattlechildrens.org
    Phone: (206) 987-2869

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

    The Department of Psychiatry Clerkship web site is at http://depts.washington.edu/psyclerk; here you will find Forms (grading, Mini-Cex, and evaluation), cases, clerkship objectives, and requirements. There is a WRITE tab on the website. Check the Psychiatry web site for links to lectures and information about electives.

    Students who complete the inpatient portion of their psychiatry clerkship prior to going to their WRITE sites will have had three weeks of inpatient psychiatry and will have completed their core requirements. These students will take their PBSCI exam either prior to going to their WRITE Site or while at their WRITE sites.

    Students who do not complete the inpatient portion of psychiatry clekrhsip prior to WRITE will be given the opportunity to complete curriculum readings and lectures during their first few weeks of WRITE. They will take their exam during the inpatient portion of their psychiatry clerkship.

    The primary goal of the Psych experience is for students to see patients with psychiatric issues in the outpatient setting with longitudinal exposure and to increase their comfort level with this patient population. WRITE Students earn a total of six weeks of credit by merging the three-week evaluation from the formal clerkship site and the experience of seeing and working with patients with psychiatric or behavioral problems at the WRITE Site.


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