The Department of Family Medicine Medical Student Education Section and the Family Medicine Residency Network have developed a sub-internship (FAMED 688) for 4th year medical students at the University of Washington School of Medicine and for students visiting from LCME and AOA accredited M.D. / D.O. schools.

Please be aware that when funding is available we offer funded sub-internships for students who are from underrepresented groups in medicine. For information please send an email to


  • Students will be able to participate on family medicine team with an advanced degree of independence and responsibility in preparation for their R-1 year.
  • Rotations are a mix of inpatient and/or outpatient. Students should read the individual webpages for each site for a description of what kind of experience to expect. If the information is not provided please contact the site directly.
  • Students will be able to perform an initial assessment of patients under consideration for admission to the family medicine service.
  • Students will be able to implement diagnostic and therapeutic plans taking into account evidence-based information and patient preferences.

Application Steps for UW Students | Application Steps for Visiting Students

FAMED 688: Family Medicine Sub-Internship
UW Student Registration Protocol

Please follow these steps to register for a sub-internship in family medicine for 2018-19 academic year:

    1. Fill out the Sub-I Catalyst survey supplied by Ivan Henson in the dept of Family Medicine, during the month of October. If you did not receive a survey, or would like to schedule a Sub-I later contact Ivan at


REGISTRATION NOTES: Because residencies require timely registration information, enrolling in a Family Medicine Sub-I is slightly different from other fourth year rotations. Please note the following:

A. Rank sites where you would seriously consider rotating.

B. Consider the following when considering a rotation time block:

a. The first five rotations time blocks (April through August) are highly sought after and you will likely have to rank the rotation as one of your top choices. Sub-I’s for audition purposes are often useful through January.

b. To guarantee your rotation will be included in your MSTP/Dean’s letter you will need to complete your rotation by late August. It is possible that September Sub I’s can also be included in your MSTP/Dean’s letter. This will be determined primarily upon the timeliness of which we receive your evaluation from the site.
Contact Ivan Henson in the Department of Family Medicine for more details.

c. If your priority is doing a Sub-I rotation at a particular site before a potential residency interview, we suggest requesting the rotation in the October, November and December time blocks. These time blocks tend to be less competitive.

C. Shortly after the registration period closes, you will be contacted by the Sub-I manager from the Department of Family Medicine to offer you a Sub-I rotation slot. Unlike other fourth year courses, you will need to quickly commit to the rotation that is offered to you.

  1. IF, after the schedules are released, you decide that you would like to a Sub-I experience:
    A. Visit the network’s program overview page and choose the program in which you are interested.
    B. Contact the program directly by using the information listed at the bottom of each residency description page.
    C. Obtain agreement including the dates of the Sub-I from the program in the form of an e-mail that can be forwarded to:
    Ivan Henson:
    D. Once you have permission from the program and Ivan Henson in the Department of Family Medicine, contact the registrar to sign up for the course.**Residencies depend on reliable student schedules. Therefore, as a professional courtesy, you should not drop this course unless there are considerable extenuating circumstances. Should you need to drop the course, you must first gain permission from Ivan Henson in the Department of Family Medicine. All drops need to happen more than six weeks before the start of the rotation except for extreme situations.

FAMED 688: Family Medicine Sub-Internship

Visiting Student Registration Protocol

As a visiting student, the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Network can seem a bit more complex. A major benefit to the Residency Network is that there are 30 programs across 5 states, serving many different interests and offering experiences in a wide variety of settings. Scheduling is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Steps for Application for Visiting Students

  1. Visit the residency network’s program overview page, considering both the calendar and programs’ specific offerings to find the right fit for you.
  2. Contact the program to see if there are openings during the four week block you are available to schedule the Sub-I. If your first choice program seems to be full, consider one of the other top notch network programs.
  3. Once an arrangement has been made with a residency site, visit the UW Medical School’s Visiting Students page to review application requirements. Applications can be submitted through VSAS. You will need to apply at least two months in advance of your rotation. Be sure to contact the visiting student coordinator,, with any questions or concerns.
  4. Double check the program’s description to note whether or not the program requires additional information. If you aren’t sure, contact the program to find out and be sure to send anything else required to that program directly. You will not be accepted or registered for the course without it.
  5. Once your completed application is approved and the program’s specific requirements met, you will be registered for the course. You will receive an e-mail with your clerkship offer via VSAS.
  6. Dropping the rotation should only be done in extreme cases. If such circumstances arise that require you to drop the rotation, please contact both the program and Family Medicine Sub-I manager:
    Ivan Henson: Phone: (206) 616-7888