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 2019-20 positions in our program is February 15, 2019. Late January, R1s and R2s in a three-year track and 2019-20 Chief Residents/R4s will receive a Resident/Fellow Position Agreement signature page via MedHub, initiated by the GME Office. Although you will not be asked to make a firm commitment prior to February 15th, we would appreciate knowing as soon as possible if you are considering not returning next year. On February 15tht, we will expect you to make a firm commitment.

  2. Special Electives (2019-20)

    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 1, 2019 by noon.  Send your completed application to schedim@uw.edu, including your faculty mentor’s comments of support, and we will forward to the various review committees.

    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 (2018-19) on-line (https://depts.washington.edu/uwmedres/pdf/schedules/Schedule_descriptions_18-19.pdf).  It is important to note that you do not need to complete 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 five unique applications forms for special electives depending on what you would like to do.  All are located on our website (https://depts.washington.edu/uwmedres/policies/schedules/):

    • Clinical Elective - for any direct patient care rotation not included in the rotation descriptions
    • Independent Elective –dedicated time for curriculum development or another non-clinical elective this is not QI nor Research (separate forms: see below).
    • Naivasha – There is often more demand than capacity, thus, any resident requesting a rotation at the Naivasha District Hospital must provide a narrative describing how this experience is relevant to your professional and educational goals.
    • Quality Improvement –if you are planning a project with dedicated time outside the HMC QI rotation (block 4)
    • Research Elective - Heads up!  Setting up a research project always takes more time than people anticipate so I strongly suggest that if you have not already started work on this, first panic, and then get moving NOW.   Your RAMP advisors can be a great resource to help you identify potential research mentors as can your APD and/or Dr. Vande Vusse.

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

    • You are limited to 4 non-clinical rotations during your three years of training. Clinical time is 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, and all research blocks
      • Health Systems pathway has 3 blocks non-clinical time (one in the R2 year and two 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
    • All the pathway specialized rotations will be held during the same time next year (block 4)
    • The Global Health Leadership rotation is available to residents outside the GH pathway (block 4)
    • The HIV rotation is available to residents outside the HIV pathway (blocks 2-13)
    • The HMC QI rotation is available to residents outside the QI/Health Systems pathway (block 4)
  3. Schedule Timeline (2019-20)

    This is available on our website - depts.washington.edu/uwmedres/policies/schedules

    Jan 11 Pathway applications due by noon
    Jan 23 Pathway acceptance notifications
    Feb 1 Special Elective applications due (by noon)
    Feb 14 Special Elective acceptance notifications
    Feb 15 RFPA signature page due & R2/R3 Schedule Preference forms readied
    Mar 4 R2/R3 Schedule Preference forms due (by noon)
    Apr 1 R2/R3 Block schedule complete (fingers crossed)
    May 1 Admitting schedules for all complete (hopefully)
    May 15 Clinic schedules completed & and thematic block details on www.amion.com
    June 3 Ambulatory blocks complete
  4. Chief Resident Positions (2020-21)

    If you are interested in any of the Chief Resident positions available in 2020-21, you must sign a Release of Information Form and contact the appropriate office 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, 2019.


    Harborview Medical Center

    Please bring a CV to each interview

    Ambulatory – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Dolly McNair (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Interviews:
    Robert Harrington, MD (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Jill Watanabe, MD ( watanabe@uw.edu) and
    John Sheffield, MD (206) 744-8778 and
    Sheida Aalami, MD (sheida@uw.edu)

    Inpatient – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Dolly McNair (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Interviews:
    Robert Harrington, MD (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    John Sheffield, MD (206) 744-8778 and
    Peter Bulger, MD (pbulger@uw.edu)

    Quality & Patient Safety – 1 position

    Initial Contact:
    Dolly McNair (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Interviews:
    Robert Harrington, MD (ddawkins@uw.edu)
    Jared Klein, MD , 206-406-6240 (jaredwk@uw.edu)
    Anneliese Schleyer, MD (Heather Hartman - psadmin@uw.edu)
    Ben Wolpaw, MD (benjow@uw.edu)

    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:
    Virginia Broudy, 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 alternating 6 months active and 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 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 2019, you should begin thinking about your personal statement and letters of recommendation. During the R2 Professional Development: The Job Search (May 16, 2019), we will have breakout sessions for those applying for fellowship.

    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 ABIM 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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