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Letter from the director Student Programs website Osler Club Visiting Scholars Program

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Medicine undergraduate training home page. With the many changes that have taken place in medicine in recent years, this is an exciting time in education. Our program has always worked hard to balance teaching in primary care and subspecialty medicine. As the practice of internal medicine has shifted toward the outpatient setting, our educational program continues to develop innovations to increase learning about ambulatory medicine.

Opportunities for learning are available at all levels of training. In their first and second years before clinical clerkships begin, medical students can participate in preceptorship training, often in the offices of community physicians. In their third year, all medical students take the required 12-week medicine clerkship. In addition, there are approximately 30 electives in a wide range of subspecialties for third and fourth year students.

Students rotate through six training hospitals in the Seattle/Tacoma area: University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Evergreen Medical Center, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Madigan Army Medical Center. Affiliated training sites in the WWAMI region include Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and the Boise VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. There are also a number of clinical sites in other WWAMI locations, including Alaska, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

To reflect our commitment to teaching and providing quality ambulatory care, the Department of Medicine Student Program has undergone several important changes in the past five years. In order to provide primary care opportunities to medical students in the 12-week third year basic medicine clerkship, we have introduced a four-week ambulatory care block as part of the clerkship. Many students choose to emphasize ambulatory care training by participating in the WWAMI program. Through this program, they can complete four, six, or 12 weeks of their basic medicine clerkship at an affiliated training site in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, or Wyoming.

Please let me know if I can provide you with further information about the department's student program.


Douglas S. Paauw, MD
Professor of Medicine
Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair
in Patient-Centered Clinical Education
Director, Medicine Student Programs


The Osler Club is an internal medicine interest group for University of Washington School of Medicine students. Its purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about internal medicine, both as a primary care and subspecialty field. In addition, club meetings expose students to medical topics typically encountered by internists. The club also provides time to socialize and have fun.

The club provides first and second year medical students the opportunity to attend morning medicine rounds at three area hospitals, UWMC, Harborview, and Providence. This allows students to gain clinical exposure and informs them as to the role and expectations they will have during their medicine clerkships.

The Osler Club meets one to two times each quarter. A wide variety of topics are presented at meetings. Topics in the past have included panels on "How to Survive and Thrive in Your Internal Medicine Clerkship," AIDS (from the perspective of the patient as well as the health care team), telemedicine, competing successfully for an internal medicine residency, and "Medical Jeopardy," in which students answer medical questions in a manner similar to the television game show.

Meetings typically have 40 to 50 first-year and second-year medical students in attendance. Student officers generate topic ideas and plan catering and room arrangements. A faculty member provides guidance and resources and attends all meetings. Funding for the club comes from the American College of Physicians, Washington State Chapter.

For more information, contact Dr. Paauw at dpaauw@u.washington.edu.

Osler Club

The Visiting Scholars Program is a funded program designed to give students with a diverse background a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer. Students will spend four weeks on an Internal Medicine elective at the University of Washington Medical Center or Harborview Medical Center and care for a variety of patients in our tertiary care centers. Near the completion of the elective students will be offered an opportunity to interview with the Internal Medicine residency program. Accepted applicants will receive funding for their travel and lodging expenses.


  • Showcase the commitment to diversity of the University of Washington Department of Medicine
  • Expose underrepresented medical students to an academic training center
  • Promote student interest in applying to an academic training program
  • Provide faculty and housestaff mentoring during the elective

Who should apply?

The program is open to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Asian/Pacific Islander. Applicants should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in Internal Medicine or any of its subspecialties.


  • Completed VSP application (e-mailed)
  • Letter of Recommendation (e-mailed)
  • Personal Statement (e-mailed)
  • CV (submitted to VSAS)
  • Medical School Transcript (submitted to VSAS)

Students will also apply to the UW DOM Visiting Students Program through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Applicants not selected for the VSP program may, if interested, be considered for an elective rotation.


Selected students will receive a scholarship to be used towards travel, lodging and application fees. Funds are awarded upon completion of the elective and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.

There is a rolling deadline.

For more information about the VSP please contact: