Career Seminar Series

This series of evening events gives basic information about the specialty of family medicine and family medicine residency and allow students to connect with local family physicians. The career seminar series includes:

What is a Family Doctor?
Autumn Quarter
This is an evening session with a panel of practicing family physicians that explores the basics of what it means to be a family doctor. Students have the opportunity to ask questions, and of course dinner is also provided.

Family Medicine Residency Nuts and Bolts
Winter Quarter
How long is residency? How is it structured? What do you learn? What are fellowship options? What does opposed and unopposed mean? Learn all of this at more at this informative evening session.

How to Be A Competitive Family Medicine Applicant
Spring Quarter
This lecture/discussion event with the Chair of the Family Medicine Department reviews what it take to be a competitive applicant to family medicine residencies.

Dinner with a Doc
Attend one of these small informal dinner sessions hosted in the homes of local family physicians. Two dinners are held each quarter.

Other Topics in Family Medicine
The Family Medicine Interest Group holds several lectures and discussions throughout the school year. See the calendar for upcoming events.

Choosing a Career in Family Medicine

Choosing a career in any medical specialty is a difficult process. If you are considering a future in family medicine, talking with other students, faculty, and community physicians can be helpful. You can meet other students interested in family medicine by joining your Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). If your WWAMI site does not have an FMIG, think about starting one. A resource for starting an FMIG is the Virtual FMIG Website.

The dinner with a family doc program, sponsored by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) and UW Family Medicine, is a great way to meet community physicians and talk with them about their careers over a dinner in their home. Dinners are typically held during the Fall and Winter. Email announcements and fliers advertising dinner sign-ups are made about a month before each dinner.

Formal classes such as Family Medicine 501 and the Family Medicine Clerkship and activities through the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP) and the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program (R/UOP) are ways you can see family physicians in action and improve your clinical skills. These courses and programs are offered throughout the academic year. Elective clerkships in family medicine are also available. Refer to the School of Medicine's course catalog for more information.