MS4 Sub-Internship

MS4 Sub-Internship at UW Family Medicine Residency – Seattle

Welcome! We are so excited that you are interested in participating in our full-time, 4-week sub-internship for fourth-year students at LCME or Osteopathic accredited medical schools. We want this great opportunity to reach all those who are interested, so we also offer special programming for and funding to support students who identify as Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)* as detailed here. 


In adherence with CoPA’s recommendations, we will begin reviewing away Sub I applications May 1st. Away Sub Is generally will not be scheduled before August 1st. Exceptions:

  • EITHER learners who have an interest in a specialty and do not have access to that specialty at their home institution OR
  • Access to an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation purposes. 
  • AND the learner is from a geographically proximate program. 

UWSOM residency and fellowship programs can plan for visiting students for rotations after August 1, 2021 with the agreement that it is the only away rotation the student or resident is completing, and that the rotation may be canceled depending on future recommendations from CoPA. 

If you believe you fall into the exception category above, please feel free to apply for a rotation that starts before August 1st. Otherwise, please only apply for dates that start after August 1st. Additionally, if CoPA ends up deciding we are unable to host in-person away Sub-Is, we will attempt a modified virtual experience. This would not be a clinical experience (i.e. not count as a clinical rotation) but a way for you to get to know our program better through virtual experiences. If this were to occur, we will let you know.

Details of the Sub-I:

Three weeks of outpatient family medicine at our two residency clinics: UWNC Northgate and Harborview Family Medicine Clinic

  • Full spectrum outpatient family medicine including adult medicine, pediatric medicine, gynecology, family planning, MSK, outpatient procedures, addiction medicine, behavioral health and more!

  • Work with a variety of family medicine faculty and residents

  • Day shifts only (~8am-5pm)


One week of inpatient work on our Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) at UWMC-Northwest

  • Join a team of one attending, one senior resident, and two R1s, as well as possibly an MS3 or PA student

  • Full spectrum inpatient family medicine including adult medicine, OB (triage, labor management and vaginal deliveries), newborn care, and postpartum care

  • Expect to work in the same capacity as an intern

  • Day shifts only (~6:30am-~6pm) with “trickle” admission system

Expect to have three weekends free, and work one weekend on FMIS. All Sub-Is will present one didactics lecture to our residents, faculty and other students. Sub-Is will be responsible for their own housing and transportation. Applicants selected for the four funded URM Sub-I spots will be provided funding that is intended to cover travel and housing, details to be discussed upon acceptance. 

For more details of our URM Sub-I which includes special programming and funding, click here

How to apply:

UW Students: The University of Washington School of Medicine coordinates your sub-internship directly. Once approved you will be contacted by our residency program ahead of the start of your sub-internship.  For questions please email

Visiting students:


  • For the 2021-2022 academic year, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please aim to submit applications at least two months prior to the dates you are interested in, and if possible before May 1, 2021. After May 1, we may be able to accept additional applications on a rolling basis as well as arrange virtual experiences, so please still apply if you are interested. 
  • DO NOT INITIALLY APPLY DIRECTLY THROUGH VSAS: Please apply using the catalyst survey. Once selected, we will instruct you have to apply through VSAS. 

  • If you are a student who identifies as Underrepresented in Medicine, you are also eligible to apply for funding through our URM Sub I. Please see here for more details. The application for funding is part of the main application below. 

  • In order to be considered for a sub-internship you must submit an application directly to the residency by filling out this catalyst survey

  • The survey will ask you to do the following:

    • Write a short personal statement (not to exceed 500 characters) describing why you would like to come to the University of Washington for this sub-internship and how this experience will help further your career goals in Family Medicine.

    • Email a copy of your CV or resume to Edison Tacardon at

    • Select which of the following dates you would be available to join for our Sub-I, and list your order of preference:

      • March 29 to April 23, 2021

      • April 26 or 27 to May 21, 2021

      • May 24 to June 18, 2021

      • June 28 to July 23, 2021

      • July 26 to August 20, 2021

      • August 23 to September 17, 2021

      • September 27 to October 22, 2021

      • October 25 to November 19, 2021

      • November 22 to December 17, 2021

      • January 3 to January 28, 2022

      • January 31 to February 25, 2022

      • February 28 to March 25, 2022

    • Indicate whether you are applying for funding through our URM Sub-I.

  • Completed applications will be reviewed by our site director, chief resident, and program director. Applications for funding through the URM Sub-I will additionally be reviewed by our HEAR (Health Equity and Anti-Racism) Committee. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis and by 6/1/21 whether their application has been approved. You may be placed on a waitlist. If you apply after the deadline, applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis if space is available.

  • Once approved and a date for the rotation is selected, we will instruct you to apply to the UW Sub-Internship Program (UW FAMMED 688) on VSAS to ensure qualifications are met and to enroll through UW.  Please note you should start the VSAS application a minimum of two months before you start your rotation.

  • Additional information for visiting (non-UW) students can be found at this link.

  • Please contact Edison A Tacardon <> with any questions.

For more information about other UW-affiliated Sub-Internships available in the WWAMI region, click here

*The AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine is as follows: “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” The University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Program recognizes that diversity goes beyond the AAMC definition and we strive for an inclusive learning and work environment for all individuals.