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 COVID-19 UPDATE: Recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Accountability

In April 2021, the Coalition for Physician Accountability issued recommendations that limit away rotations to one rotation opportunity per specialty per student.

Are these guidelines still in place for the upcoming 2022 away rotations/electives?

No. When the Coalition work group’s recommendations were released in April 2021, the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic was very different than what exists currently. Since that time, learners have returned to the clinical environment with support from administrators, faculty, and staff, and are utilizing safety protocols to protect themselves as well as patients. While there remains uncertainty about the direction, impact, and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, a return to a regular cycle for 2022 away rotations is anticipated. Medical schools, sponsoring institutions, and residency programs are encouraged to continue to monitor and consider their local conditions when establishing their guidelines for mobility.

The Department of Medicine’s Division of Dermatology offers two visiting student programs: DURM (Dermatology Underrepresented in Medicine) Program and General Visiting Students. Students will rotate at one or a combination of our five teaching hospitals/clinics: UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Roosevelt Clinic and the Puget Sound VA. We do solicit site preferences at least six weeks in advance.

General Visiting Students Overview

 We love to meet students from other institutions, as you bring a different perspective and experience to our clinic and hospitals.  Unless your medical school does not have a dermatology program, we recommend doing no more than 1-2 away rotations in Dermatology for the following reasons:

  • Away rotations are very expensive for students.  The expectation that applicants must have done several away rotations disadvantages some students and makes the process less equitable and unnecessarily stressful for applicants.
  • Our current climate crisis requires that we stop encouraging cross-country flights solely to bolster applications.
  • We value students that have a passion for Dermatology, but even more so those who have gained a broad exposure to other fields of medicine that will serve them well throughout their career.  These other non-derm electives make you a better physician in the long term.

Commitment to Holistic Application Reviews

In order to select the best applicants for the University of Washington Dermatology rotation and to improve equity in Dermatology please know:

  • Students do not need to rotate at UW to be considered for a residency position later, nor do we guarantee interviews to those who do rotate here. 
  • We do not have a minimum Step 1 or 2 board score to consider you for our program. 
  • We review EVERY application we get for residency in its entirety.  We do not reject any applications based upon any screening criteria. 

Block Calendar

All Medicine rotations are four (4) weeks in length. You must start at the beginning of the block and finish at the end of the block and your clerkship dates must correspond with UW's Clinical Elective Schedule

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Autumn 2022

Winter 2023

03/28/22 - 04/22/22  

06/27/22 - 07/22/22  09/26/22 - 10/21/22 

01/02/23 - 01/27/23 

04/25/22 - 05/20/22

07/25/22 - 08/19/22 

10/24/22 - 11/18/22 

01/30/23 - 02/24/23 

05/23/22 - 06/17/22 

08/22/22 - 09/16/22 

11/21/22 - 12/16/22 

02/27/23 - 03/24/23 

Medicine Elective Clerkships


You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing to the department contact listed above.

Absence Policy

Please note our absence policy. Each elective has standard days off (weekends off for MEDECK 604 electives). Additional days off are generally not allowed. Please do not schedule an elective during a time when you are expecting to do residency interviews. One day off for a local interview may be granted with at least two weeks of advanced notice at the discretion of the clerkship director.

MEDECK 604 – Clinical Dermatology

Open ONLY to students applying for a residency in Dermatology.  Participation in dermatology clinics and inpatient consultations at the in University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Roosevelt Clinic, and the Seattle VA Medical Center. Grand Rounds, Journal Club and other didactics are held each week with entire staff in addition to a continuing series of teaching seminars and weekly dermatopathology conferences. View full MEDECK 604 Curriculum.