2nd Annual GME Singles Canoeing Event 8/6!

All you single residents/fellows,

Okcupid, match, and eharmony are yesterday's party; GME Single Events are today's rave.  Join in on 2013's first exciting singles event and who knows? Maybe you could meet the firecracker of your dreams.  

GME SINGLES CANOEING - Tuesday, August 6th, 6:30, UW Waterfront Activities Center (WAC).  The event is totally free...all you need to do is brush your teeth, put on your game face, and be ready to meet other singles, you dapper physician.

Alok Patel, MD (UWHA Resident Ambassador of Love)
Official details below.


Want to meet other single residents and fellows?  GME is sponsoring an evening of FREE canoeing on Lake Washington Tuesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm.  

Meet at the Waterfront Activities Center (WAC) at 6:15 for 6:30 launch.  The WAC is at 3900 Montlake Blvd. NE, behind the E12 parking lot and Husky Football stadium, on the water.  Walk around outside to the BACK of the building.  Here’s a campus map to help you figure out where it is:  http://www.washington.edu/maps/?wac   Trip alert:  Traffic is congested and the WAC is behind the construction zone, so give yourself enough time so you don’t miss the boat(s)!

RSVP at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/empiek/208343 


A Message from our Friends at The Housestaff Quality and Safety Council

The Housestaff Quality and Safety Council needs your feedback on the ORCA Inpatient Problem List. All responses are confidential, you may choose to skip any answer. Two participants selected at random will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. You may receive a follow-up survey during the next 12 months. After that time, all encrypted identifiers linking your responses to you will be destroyed. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you are interested in taking this survey, please email Shawn Banta (sbanta@uw.edu) for more information. 

Your responses are greatly appreciated, thank you. 


Housestaff Quality and Safety Council

University of Washington





Computer Technology Lands in the Crow's Nest

Computer terminals are being installed in the call rooms in the Crow's Nest at UWMC. Installation will be taking place during daytime hours, and should be complete by August 12th. Please refrain from entering call rooms labeled "under construction". For further details, please see official email below, sent to all housestaff yesterday. 

Email sent July 23rd.
In order to make it easier for you to access patient records and enter orders, beginning later this week, we will begin installing computer stations in approximately 18 of the rooms in the Crow’s Nest. Work will be done only during the daytime. Signs will be displayed on 3 rooms at a time indicating that they are under construction. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 12th.

Thank you for all you do for UWMC and for our patients.

Tom Staiger, MD, Medical Director


Hey everyone - huge thanks to all of you that came out on Saturday night to take in the new academic year with a bang.  We had over 200 residents and fellows at the Garage on Saturday and hopefully all of you had a blast.  Be on the look out, the next big thing is here.  And you're all a part of it. - Dr. Alok Patel


Something to consider if you don't have Saturday plans...

Every once and a while, when the moonlight passes through a patient's window at just the right angle, you might witness another tired pair of scrubs dragging themselves around the hospital.  The legends are true, there are residents from other programs working beside you, side by side, grumbling about your consult service as much as you grumble about theirs. Meet them, learn their names, and let UWHA buy both of you a drink.
- Dr. Cameron Bass (UWHA Internal Medicine Representative)


- Alok Patel (UWHA Social Ninja)

GME Event: International Community Family Dinner

Please join the GME office for the

GME International Community Family Dinner

Meet colleagues who’ve trained abroad, lived abroad, or for whom Seattle feels like a foreign country

When:  Sunday, July 14 from 5 to 7 pm

Where:  Vista Café in the Foege (Genome Sciences) Building
Dinner and drinks provided
RSVP:  https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/empiek/206243


Come toast in the spirit of a new academic year with special guest: the new interns!  We're going to kick off the year at the GARAGE, CAPITOL HILL, JULY 13. The swanky, private ECHO room (upstairs at the Garage) party starts at 8pm.  We'll have food, a bar tab (behave), and lanes available for bowling. Melt the Seattle Freeze: we have sunshine and yet another excuse to let loose. This event is co-sponsored with the friendly folks at the GME office.
-Alok Patel (Social Ambassador)

Google-like search comes to ORCA

Two major benefits of this:
1) Efficient way to help assemble complete medical history, making it easier to take care of the patient in front of us. 
2) Better documentation. Remember: if we dont' document our patient's medical problems, including the chronic ones, we don't get credit for treating them, even though we do. It's also helpful to the next resident taking care of the patient!

Potential uses: clarifying previously documented diagoses, determining if a patient has CAD or a prior MI, finding which antibiotics (or other meds) a patient has taken previously, and multiple other things if employed creatively. Click here for more details and how to find in ORCA.

Thanks to the UW IT folks and Dr. Sutton for developing this helpful tool.

Welcome Fellows + New Residents

UWHA, and the entire housestaff community, would like to welcome you to UW. The 2013-14 UWHA agenda has much to offer our more senior housestaff, and 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.