Free Opportunities to Join State and County Medical Societies

Post from Dr. Matthew Grierson - Sports Medicine Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine | Representative, Washington State Medical Association (WSMA)

Dear Residents --

Exciting news!
The Washington State Medical Association and King County Medical Society now offers FREE membership to all residents and fellows.  

For membership to the Washington State Medical Association, apply online at
For membership to the King County Medical Society, join here:

(The King County Medical Society was founded in 1888, and is one of the oldest running medical societies in our country!  
More details here:

As many of you may or may not know, I am currently serving as your representative to the WSMA Board of Trustees.  The Board has been working to help increase value for Resident/Fellow members (you can't get better than free!).  There are some exciting leadership and networking opportunities we are planning in the upcoming months, and I would love for all of your to join me.  More details to come, but the first step is to sign up to become bone fide members.

Let me know if you have any questions or if you are interested in hearing more about how to become even more involved (Lobby Day in Olympia is coming up in February, and there is a very great leadership conference in May -- and the opportunity for resident scholarships).  We will be also planning some upcoming education sessions on finance planning, transitioning from residency into practice, and health care policy / understanding health care reform.

Best wishes,


UWMC Coffee Stand Now Accepts Husky Card

UWHA is happy to announce that your Husky Card is now an acceptable payment source at the UWMC Lobby Espresso Bar. Proceeds from the coffee stand support UWMC's Cancer Library and artist-in-residence program, so please consider it the next time you need that pick-me-up latte or americano.

Happy Holidays/Happy New Year

UWHA hopes you enjoyed your holiday season and wishes you a happy and healthy new year!

UWHA 2013-14 Research Grants | Deadline: December 13th


Grant applications are due December 13, 2013 11:59 pm PST. Late applications will not be accepted.


To establish a University of Washington Housestaff Association Resident/Fellow Grant to help fund and thereby promote educational and career development projects during an individual’s residency or fellowship.


All residents and fellows from all departments at the University of Washington School of Medicine are eligible to apply for a UWHA Resident/Fellow Grant.

See attachment for complete details. The last page of the information packet is the application. Please direct questions to Dr. Franklin Lee, UWHA vice president (



Thanks to all that got SPOOKY

Over 200 tricked out guests helped bring down the house at the first annual UWHA Halloween party.  Costumes were outrageous, the dancing was straight devilish, and, we had, yet another, successful multi-speciality social.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Stay tuned goblins…we have big things in store.


Marvin the Martian (UWHA Social Chair)




UWHA Freakfest

Did we just scare you? You haven't seen anything yet.  Come get spooky THIS SATURDAY at the 2013 UWHA HALLOWEEN PARTY, 10/26/2013.

The ghouls come out at 9pm at 1927 EVENTS, 1927 3rd Ave.  Bring out your inner thriller for a night of dancing, costume contests, and plenty of trickery.

Howlin at the moon,

Dr. Alok Patel (UWHA Social Werewolf)



UWHA Halloween Party | 10/26

Life After Residency | GME Offers Strategies/Advice On Making a Successful Transition | Saturday, October 12th, SLU

College. Medical School. Residency. Fellowship. It's been a long haul, yet most people's professional journey is just beginning. Let the GME office help you start out on the right foot with practical advice on successfully making this transition. It is on a Saturday, there is free breakfast. Details below, registration encouraged.

GME Life After Residency Seminar

Position yourself for the future… gain valuable insights, strategies, and advice to support your transition to independent practice.

·      The Future Workplace

·      Career Considerations

·      Marketing Yourself

·      Business Basics

·      Physician Panel

WHO: Residents and Fellows at all levels of training. Spouses and partners welcome.

WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:30am-4:00pm

WHERE: UW Medicine South Lake Union, Orin Smith Auditorium

Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided

Free Parking! Directions are Attached.

NOTE: Will be streamed live and recorded. Register to receive further information, or contact


Questions? Shawn Banta ,






MJ's Thriller Jacket is RED
Zombies blood is BLUE
Saturday 10/26/2013, mark the date
It'll be a fright fest done by your UWHA crew

Save the date.  It's time.  Costume contests, a private venue, dancing, and all the tricks n treats you'd expect with a Halloween Jam thrown by us... the Thrillers from UWHA.

Details coming soon.  In the meantime, get your dancing shoes, costumes, and stamina in check.  Because we're going to paint the town orange and black.

Alok (UWHA Party Throwing Goblin) Patel

University of Michigan Housestaff President Answers Your Questions

Attached is an open letter to UW housestaff, written by the house officer association (HOA) president at the University of Michigan, Michael Lanham, MD. 

If you have a few minutes, I ask that you read it. Dr. Lanham is currently a fellow, has been president of the HOA for a number of years, and in the letter he addresses a number of issues that have been raised by UW housestaff during our exploration of restructuring.