Summer Jam 2014 = Epic

For all you new kids in town, proof is now public. We know how to throw a party. We had about 250 residents/fellows from more specialties than I can recall.  Even the Allergy/Immuno folks showed up - That's called a social revolution. With DJ Persh spinning, the dancefloor lit up, everyone mingled and the night was solid. HUGE thank you to everyone for coming out! Stay tuned for upcoming events, photos and videos soon at AND upcoming events at  We're everywhere and you should be too.

When Life hands you lemons, squeeze them into a cocktail,

Alok Patel 

UWHA Social Chair 

SUMMER JAM 2014 - Saturday July 19

Oh yes, the wait is over.

New interns are here, the sun is causing skin damage, senior residents are counting down...As with most events in life, this calls for a party.

Join the ruckus -> UWHA Annual Summer Jam, Saturday, July 19th, The Garage, Capitol Hill. 8pm - whenever.

We'll have a DJ, free drink tickets, bowling, appetizers, and enouh energy to go around. Just bring your shining self and don't look back.

Con carino,

Alok "Life is a Dancefloor" Patel

PGY 3 Pediatrics, UWHA Social Chair

UW Housestaff in the News

If this issue is of interest and you would like to get involved, please contact Dr. Ying Zhang (

Welcome Fellows and New Residents!

UWHA, and the entire housestaff community, would like to welcome you to UW. There will be a lot going on this year, much of it relavent to more senior housestaff. We hope you will stay involved. If you have any questions, or would like to provide senior leadership as a UWHA fellow representative, please contact us.

Welcome Interns!

UWHA, and the entire housestaff community, welcomes you to the UW family. We look forward to getting to know you and working with you throughout the year. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about anything. See you on Wednesday! 

EXPLORE the Seattle Water Instead of Just Staring at it.

That's right Magellan, your chance has arrived.  Join the adventurous GME for a SUNSET CRUISE, Thursday, 06/12 7pm-10pm over the dashing Elliot Bay.  The event is - drum roll - TOTALLY FREE.  Simply provide a holding check, find a plus one to say bon voyage with, and come. be. enchanted.  Your check will be returned to you and you'll take home memories that even Columbus will envy.

Argosy Tours, the GME, and your social chair - keeping it fresh on the daily.
~ Alok Patel PGY2 Pediatrics


UWHA in the news

By request, here is the link to the essay.

UWMC Standardized Text Paging Rolling Out

The goal of this text-paging initiative is to establish a standard format and language for text pages. Starting April 21st, nurses on some floors of UWMC will begin utilizing a new, standardized text paging format with standardized response codes. These changes will help you triage pages, improve your workflow and minimize contextless numeric pages. There are 3 codes that you need to be familiar with in order to respond appropriately. 

FYI: No call back necessary
CTC (Call to Confirm): Call back within 30 minutes
URGENT: Either go to the bedside or call back within 5 minutes

New Format:
Response Code, Patient Name, Issue, Name of RN, Phone Number

CTC, Pt. George, hct dropped from 23 to 19, Mary, 89723
FYI, Pt. Rogers, Family has finally arrived, Vicky, 89709

This is a resident-designed text paging system, originally implemented at Seattle Children's Hospital. Residents and nurses have both found this system better than the status quo, and believe that it improves patient care. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

UWMC Roll out Schedule:
MICU, SICU, CT-ICU, Cardiology ICU - April 21st
Med/Surg floors (4-6) - May
Rest of UWMC - June/July  


EPIC is coming to a clinic near you on May 20th!

All outpatient clinics at UWMC, HMC and Northwest Hospital will switch from current documentation (ORCA, paper, etc) to EpicCare starting Tuesday, May 20th. This transition may be stressful, but as computer-savvy early adopters you are uniquely situated to help your attendings navigate this new technology. It is also a good opportunity to learn one of the most widely used EHR systems on the market. If you haven't already completed training, ask your program administrator to sign you up. You can find more info here: or contact Dr. Jared Klein at with any questions.


The DJ kept things buzzing, all you cats let loose, and we raised over $1500 for API Chaya and efforts to end human trafficking/sex slavery.  Oh the sunshine and magic that can happen when all get together and dance for a cause.  A huge thanks from all of us at UWHA for coming out - you keep the spirit and we'll keep the fun coming.

Down with umbrellas,
Alok Patel PGY 2 Peds (the guy who writes those emails)