Underserved Pathway

The Underserved Pathway helps prepare future physicians to care for vulnerable and underserved populations. The Pathway engages students in three educational avenues: mentoring, developing a foundation of knowledge, and a variety of real-world experiences. Vulnerable describes people that are at risk for poor health outcomes due to difficulty accessing the necessary resources for optimal health while underserved refers specifically to the difficulty that people face accessing quality health care.

Requirements Apply Mentors

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Info & Requirements for E15 (and after) Students – click here.
Info & Requirements for E14 (and before) Students – click here.
UP Mentoring Guide
UP Mentor Memo: Autumn 2019 Mentor Memo
UP Student Memo: Autumn 2019 Student Memo
Our online modules are now available to the public! You can view the content here: https://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1176574

Students can customize their pathway to meet their own educational goals and interests – some may focus on a specific population or community while other may explore broader issues surrounding the underserved such as advocacy or policy.
The Underserved Pathway works closely with the other School of Medicine Pathways: The Indian Health Pathway, the Global Health Pathway, the Hispanic Health Pathway, and the new LGBTQ Health Pathway.
Pathway Benefits

  •  Preclinical, clinical, and service learning experiences with underserved and vulnerable populations.
  •  Guidance and support from an Underserved Pathway mentor.
  •  Unique web-based curriculum, not typically covered in medical school, to build a knowledge base about issues that affect underserved and vulnerable populations.
  • Dedicated Underserved Pathway advisors, including faculty physicians and a program coordinator.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with other students interested in careers working with underserved populations.
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of Pathway requirements, given at graduation.
  • Acknowledgment in Hooding Ceremony program
  • Recognition in Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE/Dean’s Letter)


Students from the “Students in the Community” project advocate for better health care for the underserved.
Quick Links:
Prospective students, APPLY NOW!
Student Web Modules
UP Tracker NEW AND IMPROVED!
Student FAQ
The UP Mentoring Guide
Mentor FAQ
Prospective mentors, apply now!
UP 2019 Annual Report
UP 2018 Annual Report
UP 2017 Annual Report
UP 2016 Annual Report
 
Pathway Director
Kimberly Kardonsky, M.D.
kardok2@uw.edu
Faculty Advisors
Sharon Dobie, M.D., M.C.P.
Email: dob@uw.edu
Lynn Oliver, M.D.
Email: oliverl@uw.edu
Program Manager
Genya Shimkin, MPH
Email: upath@uw.edu
206.616.7889