On this page you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from new faculty. If you have additional questions, please send us a message! We want to help you thrive in your career with us at the UW School of Medicine.

What is UW Medicine? What is UW Physicians (UWP)? What is Children's University Medical Group (CUMG)? How do these different entities interact with the School of Medicine?

UW Medicine is an integrated health system that is made up of seven entities including:

  1. Airlift Northwest
  2. Harborview Medical Center
  3. UW Medical Center Montlake Campus and Northwest Campus
  4. UW Neighborhood clinics
  5. UW Physicians
  6. UW School of Medicine
  7. Valley Medical Center

All UW School of Medicine (SoM) faculty are a part of UW Medicine including those that work at affiliated institutions such as VA Puget Sound, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Fred Hutch, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.  UW Physicians is the practice group for more than 2,000 providers who care for patients within UW Medicine, SCCA, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Children’s University Medical Group is the non-profit pediatric group practice established to support the academic, research and clinical missions of its corporate members, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Visit the following links for more details on UW Medicine, UWP, CUMG, and the School of Medicine.

What is WWAMI?

WWAMI is the UW School of Medicine’s one-of-a-kind, multi-state medical education program. The acronym, WWAMI, stands for the states served by the UW School of Medicine: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. UW medical students have access to a variety of settings for clinical training: from a busy Level I trauma center in Seattle, WA, to a small primary care clinic in Libby, MT, to working with Alaska Natives in Anchorage, AK. Community-based clinical faculty volunteer their time to educate our medical students.

Find out more about WWAMI here.

What is a School of Medicine Faculty Appointment?

The University of Washington has well-defined academic tracks, ranks, and titles. The appointment process and definition of academic ranks and titles can be found in the Faculty Code, Chapter 24 Appointment and Promotion of Faculty Members, Section 24- 34 Qualifications for Appointment at Specific Ranks and Titles. Both basic science and clinical departments recruit individuals through a national search as regular or research faculty. Research faculty do not have clinical responsibilities and, unlike regular faculty, may or may not have formal teaching responsibilities. More details can be found here.

For information on WWAMI faculty appointments, click here.

What are the different ID cards and electronic user IDs that I need to function at UW Medicine?

ID cards

  1. Husky Card: A Husky Card is the official identification card for members of the UW community. To qualify for a UW ID card (Husky Card), you must either have a faculty appointment or a permanent staff position with at least 50 percent full-time equivalency and have completed UW employee orientation. UWMC and HMC medical staff may obtain their Husky Cards at the same location as medical center ID badges as noted below.
  2. Medical Center Photo ID
    1. UWMC Photo ID
      • UW Public Safety Office – BB-120, (206) 598-4909, request submitted by authorized staff
      • Prox cards for after-hours access
    2. HMC Photo ID
      • HMC Photo ID/ Parking Office – 1 CT 153, (206) 744-3386, request submitted by authorized staff

User IDs

  1. UW NetID: In order to access course materials, library services, and other network programs, you will need a University of Washington personal network identification code.
  2. UW Medicine Account: A UW Medicine account allows access to a variety of EMR systems and the Learning Management system (LMS): ORCA, EPIC, Mindscape, etc.  Full activation (with access to EMR systems) will not occur until after all appointment processes have been finalized.  Please be aware that it may take up to 3 days to activate an account.  Appropriate instructions to establish user names, passwords and access codes will be provided via email by User Access Administration (UAA). Requests for access should be directed to the hiring unit’s administrator or designee. Information needed to set up a UW Medicine account includes full name, anticipated title, date of birth, place of birth, EID or SSN and email address (UW if available). For assistance with UW Medicine accounts or inbox setup, contact User Access Administration/ IT Services Help Desk at (206) 543-7012 or mcsos@uw.edu or https://services.uwmedicine.org

What are good resources for figuring out my benefits?

The UW Benefits office has resources across the board including insurance, childcare, retirement, self-care, and more.

For information on UW/UW Physicians or VA benefits, click here.

If you have questions about CUMG benefits, contact the appropriate representative from this page.

How do I find a Primary Care Provider in Seattle?

Find a PCP on the UW Medicine “find a provider” page. Please check with your insurance company to verify if a provider is covered under your plan.

What affordable housing resources are available?

For those looking to purchase a home

For those hoping to live near work

How do I set up parking?

A wide variety of parking facilities are available. Please note that your parking costs are not covered by UW Medicine; they are strictly self-pay and costs vary by location. You have the option of having parking charges deducted via automatic payroll deduction. Parking privileges are not fully reciprocal between sites, so it is important to inform parking office staff if you will be parking at more than one location on a regular basis. You may find that a pay-per-use option or use of the shuttle between campuses will be more beneficial than a full-time pass.

Are there shuttles between sites in Seattle?

The Health Sciences Express shuttle goes between UW Medical Center Montlake, Roosevelt, the UW Tower, and Harborview Medical Center.

The UW/ Fred Hutch/ South Lake Union shuttle

Seattle Children’s shuttle system

How do I connect to library resources? UpToDate?

The mission of the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at University of Washington (UW) is to advance scholarship, research, education and healthcare by anticipating information needs, by providing essential resources and services, and by facilitating learning for the greater health sciences community. The HSL has links to clinical systems, toolkits, databases, and more.

UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource that allows clinicians to make informed decisions on care using contemporary, evidence-based recommendations.

Is there a file sharing system that I can use?

UW IT offers information on several options based on the needs of your group. We recommend OneDrive but you can view all options at their website here.

What IT resources should I know about?

Jake Kulstad, PhD, Manager of Instructional Technology and Support with UW-IT Learning Technologies, has a webpage with helpful information and resources for UW employees. This site provides links to Canvas, Catalyst, Google sites, and other resources.

Where do I go to get all of my compliance requirements completed?

The Learning Management System (LMS) houses all compliance trainings and modules.

RESEARCH QUESTIONS

What resources are there to help me set up my lab? How do I find potential collaborators?

  • Check with your department chair or administrator to find space and resources
  • ITHS (Institute of Translational Health Sciences) also has a tool to find collaborators throughout WWAMI. ITHS is is dedicated to speeding science to clinic practice for the benefit of patients and communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, (WWAMI) and beyond. ITHS promotes this translation of scientific discovery to practice by fostering innovative research, cultivating multi-disciplinary research partnerships, and ensuring a pipeline of next generation researchers through robust educational and career development programs.

How can I recruit undergraduates for my lab?

  • Contact advisors for undergraduate majors in biology, biochemistry, or whichever major you wish to recruit from. They can send out emails to their advisees.

Where can I learn about grant writing and other research resources?

CLINICAL QUESTIONS

What is my liability coverage?

  • The University of Washington’s self-insurance program provides protection from professional liability claims arising from the negligent acts or omissions of the University of Washington and its employees, students, and agents acting in the course and scope of their University duties.
  • You can find out more details by contacting someone in the Health Sciences Risk Management office (AMC login required).

Who do I talk to about my pager?

  • Click here if you work at UW Medical Center or Harborview Medical Center

Where do I access the clinical toolkit?