Medical Scientist Training Program

UW Support Resources

The University of Washington has a variety of resources available to students to help them achieve success during their time here. MSTP students are encouraged to review and take advantage of the health, wellness, and other campus resources available below.

UW Student Resources


Counseling

The University of Washington provides all medical students with access to the counseling center on-campus. This includes individual counseling, group counseling, referrals to long-term or specialized counselors, and crisis services.

The counseling center can be reached at 206.543.1240 Monday through Fridays from 8:00 to 5:00. If you are experiencing a crisis outside of these hours, the center can be reached at any time at 206.461.3222 or 866.427.4747.

Gender-affirming care is also available at UW. Gender-affirming care is the range of medical, surgical, and mental health services sought by transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Gender-affirming medical care can range from routine preventive health care to hormone replacement, surgery, or other interventions. Mental health services may include therapy, psychiatric medication, and letter writing.

UW campus health staff and providers strive to affirm the identities of our patients in each interaction. Our approach to care is rooted in the informed consent model.

Finally, we know that getting an MD/PhD can be stressful. Thankfully, complimentary pet therapy is available for all UW students at Hall Health. Pet therapy sessions are posted online and no appointment is necessary. Find the next time the pet therapy animals will be in Hall Health and stop by at your leisure!

LiveWell

LiveWell empowers students with the wellness, skills, and knowledge to succeed during their time at UW and beyond. They support the personal and social development of students by providing evidence-based advocacy, consultation, education and training. They are committed to positively impacting the UW Community through the implementation of best practices in college health promotion.

Their programs include Alcohol & Other Drug Education, Student Coaching & Care, Suicide Intervention Program, Survivor Support & Advocacy, and Peer Health Educators.

Personal Safety Resources

SafeCampus

SafeCampus is the University of Washington’s Violence Prevention and Response Program. They support students, staff, faculty, and community members in preventing violence. When you call SafeCampus, a trained professional will listen to your concerns in a nonjudgmental, empathetic way. They’re here to offer support and guidance when you have concerns for yourself or others.

SafeCampus can be reached 24/7 at 206.685.7233 anonymously.

Safety Escort Services

Husky NightWalk is safe and easy to use. Uniformed security guards operate 6:30 pm to 2 a.m. daily EXCEPT University Holidays, providing a walking escort to community members within the campus locations and the residential area north of 45th St., and to the UW Tower location. Guards can also assist with proper identification, building and office lockouts, as well as jump start dead car batteries.

To request a Husky NightWalk escort, dial 206.685.9255 (WALK).

NightRide is a U-PASS sponsored shuttle service for students, faculty, and staff. Passengers can board the NightRide from any one of eight on-campus stops and be dropped off at any requested location within the two shuttle zones. Schedules are prominently displayed at all stops, and schedules are available at information kiosks around campus.

You can either call 206.685.3146 or visit uwshuttles.com for more information.

Safe Zone App

The SafeZone app gives you direct access to the fastest possible safety assistance regardless of where you are inside the UW’s Seattle campus, the app provides you with immediate access to the UW Police when you need assistance. Outside of the UW’s Seattle campus, the app will connect you to the relevant local emergency services.

You can:

Call for Assistance, if you have general, non-emergency questions about campus safety services
Call for Medical issues, if you or someone near you needs urgent medical help
Call for an Emergency, if you feel threatened, need urgent help or witness a crime in progress
Set the Safety Timer to voluntarily share your location with UW Police for a virtual guardian service on the Seattle campus
Check In to voluntarily share your location with the UW Police while you’re on the Seattle campus

You can also use SafeZone to access safety information relevant to your time at the UW through the Safety Resources menu.

After you download the App, you can sign in using your UW NetId.

Self Defense Courses

The UW Police Department offers free classes, training women in Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.). R.A.D. is a simple yet effective program of self-defense designed for women on university and college campuses. The program teaches awareness, risk reduction, and realistic self-defense movements which do not require special skills, years of practice or any particular level of fitness.

Other Safety Resources

Steps to take and resources available in the event of harassment or sexual harassmentrelationship violence, sexual assault, stalking, and suicide concerns are also available online at Husky Health & Well-Being.

Student Diversity & Inclusion, Disability, and Veteran Resources

Communities and student resources relating to diversity & inclusion, student disability, and veteran student support can be found on the MSTP Diversity webpage.

Office of the University Registrar

The Registrar’s Office is where all students can update their personal information (such as name changes, address changes, or any other personal identification changes). They are also the primary contact for all of your transcript needs.

They are located on the 2nd Floor of Schmitz Hall and can be reached generally at registra@uw.edu.

Husky Card Services

The Husky Card is the official identification card for members of the UW community. It provides access to a variety of services and opportunities, including access to campus libraries. It also services as your U-Pass, which provides members with unlimited rides on regional buses, commuter trains, light rail and water taxis as well as discounts on vanpools, carpools and other special offers.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), postdoc fellows from any program can find guidance toward campus resources to address career, appointment, mentoring, teaching and research skills. They get you to the right place — where the services you need are provided and where you can connect with others with similar questions and career development goals.

Public Lecture Series

The Graduate School hosts public lectures on a variety of topics from technology, to social justice, to healthcare, to diversity, to politics and more. Check out the upcoming speakers and register for sessions online now.

Recreation at UW

Whether you are looking to take a dance class, join intramural sports, find wilderness clubs, or join a meditation group, UW has resources for you. Check out the clubs and classes available online at UW Recreation.

UW Transportation

There are a variety of ways to get to and from campus. Students have access to free university shuttle services from the Health Sciences Building to lab rotation locations such as Fred Hutch, Harborview, and Seattle Children’s. If a student prefers to drive to campus, permits can be purchased quarterly through the Transportation Services office. Over 30 bus routes serve the UW Seattle campus. Since all students will have a U-Pass associated with their Husky Card, busing can be an affordable way to move through the city. The U-Pass also covers the cost of using the light rail, which has a stop by the Husky Stadium and extends past SeaTac airport, with further stops on-campus and north expected in the coming years. For students who bike, there is ample bike parking, several local bike share programs, bike repair stations, and the Burke-Gilman Trail runs across campus.

MSTP Student Resources

MSTP Student Council

The MSTP student council was formed to continuously improve students’ experiences throughout all phases of medical and graduate training. Building on the many informal communication channels we enjoy as students, the Student Council provides an organized venue to develop new programs and advocate for changes to educational programming. More details and current members can be found on the MSTP Student Council webpage.

MSTP Student Lounge

The student lounge in the MSTP offices is intended as a place to relax. Computers are available in the lounge for finishing last-minute homework or printing materials for their courses or lab work. The lounge is always stocked with snacks and beverages. Whether to collaborate on a project, just for a break, or for a quick nap on the couches, the lounge is the place for all MSTP students.