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University of Washington School of Medicine

The UW Medicine in Motion chapter collaborates with existing campus organizations, UW Medicine clinicians, and other healthcare providers to provide engaging opportunities for members of the UW community centered around physical activity and philanthropy. We strive to promote wellness and educate all medical community members, regardless of activity level, in a safe and inclusive environment. UW MiM will build community and support the mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing of students, physicians, and other healthcare workers.

Sign up to be a member and be added to the UWSOM – MiM email list to be involved in future events and to get our monthly newsletter including other ways to stay active, motivational spotlights from other UWSOM students and faculty, and to read about how we’re reaching out to our community to make physical activity accessible.

Currently embarking on our annual summer "Walk Through WWAMI" challenge!

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Safari Challenge (University of Washington School of Medicine)

Chances are you've heard of the great WWAMI Safari of UWSOM's clinical years. Now let us introduce to you...The Safari Challenge! What is it? It's a collective UWSOM goal to travel virtually from Laramie, Wyoming to Anchorage, Alaska, stopping at each WWAMI main campus on the way, a total of 3,769 miles. The event will take place within the timeframe of summer, June 20th - Sept. 22nd, and to make this more interesting, activities can take place in any form of person-powered locomotion. That includes, walking, wheel-chair, rowing, crab walking, and much more. You choose your form of locomotion and add your mileage to both your personal total over the summer and to the entire UWSOM's total in order to collectively reach Anchorage by the end of the summer. We're asking participants to track their mileage weekly or biweekly through the following survey. If you forget to track your mileage for a few weeks, no worries, just enter your data when you remember. We will periodically provide updates on our collective progress through emails and through our Instagram, so stay tuned! Over the course of the summer we will have events at various sites around WWAMI to help encourage people to stay active and register mileage. If you are interested in hosting an event at your site, please email Levi Bale at so he can grant your access to the event registration spreadsheet. We are asking for a $10 donation to participate in the activity. Additionally, we are asking participants to raise more money by asking friends and family to participate in the giving. Sponsors are able to give an amount of their choosing, or can give a "WWAMI donation": Laramie - $5 Bozeman - $10 Moscow - $15 Spokane - $20 Seattle - $25 Anchorage - $50 100% of the proceeds will be going toward our philanthropies: Outdoors for All, Girls on the Run, King County Play Equity Coalition, and Medicine in Motion. Please make donations on our Medicine in Motion webpage by clicking on the "Donate" button: PRIZES: The person who raises the most money will win custom Medicine in Motion active gear from New Balance. Additionally, just by participating you will be entered for a random drawing for additional Medicine in Motion new Balance gear.



January 2021 Step Challenge (University of Washington School of Medicine)

WWAMI site with the greatest number of steps/person:

*Includes participants who submitted results for 3+ weeks










The Holiday Quartet - 4 Runs to Reduce Burnout (University of Washington School of Medicine)

2020 has been a year for the history books. With the holiday season quickly approaching, the UW chapter of Medicine in Motion has put together a series of races to help battle burnout among healthcare professionals and students. The majority of the proceeds from this event will go toward supporting local organizations such as Girls on the Run and the King Country Play Equity Coalition. Join us we sprint towards New Year’s Eve/Day together! The series will consist of four distances. Choose from one of the three distance options below, complete on or around Halloween, Thanksgiving, December holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa), and New Year’s Eve/Day, and record your activities to participate. The goal is to begin at any level from beginner to expert and advance your running capability throughout 2 months to run your longest distance around the new year.

Sign up is $15 and can be completed through the UWSOM Medicine in Motion webpage or by clicking the link HERE or below. Use a device and app to track your times and distances such as Strava, Under Armor, or Livestrong during the dates listed below. Join the official Strava HERE or by searching “UWSOM Medicine in Motion” on Strava. After participating, use this Google Survey to record your time and distance. Remember to take a screenshot of your activity on your chosen tracking app and add them to the survey after each run. After New Year’s Day, if you completed all four races, you will be entered into a random drawing to receive prizes such as winter running gloves, athletic socks, beanies, etc.

We welcome all students of the UWSOM to join. Additionally, we would like to invite all UWSOM faculty and their families to participate.


•Option #1: 3km, 5km, 8km, 10km (6.2 miles)

•Option #2: 5km, 10km, 15km, 21km (13.1 miles = half marathon)

•Option #3: 10km, 21km, 30km, 42km (26.2 miles = marathon)

Running Dates:

•Halloween: 10/30 – 11/6

•Thanksgiving: 11/20 – 11/27

•Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa: 12/18 – 12/26

•New Year’s Eve/Day: 12/28 – 1/04

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Chapter Leads

Andreea Gavrilescu


Andreea is a Fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington. She started running in college as a way to de-stress and explore areas surrounding campus. Training for half-marathons has mirrored her path in medicine (it’s a marathon, not a sprint) and has been a memorable way to spend time with friends and family. Aside from running, Andreaa enjoys yoga, Pilates, hiking, long walks, and more recently biking. She is excited to grow into this new community by sharing a passion for physical activity and wellness.

Carolina Pavlenco


Carolina is a second-year medical student at University of Washington School of Medicine, Spokane campus. Carolina enjoyed playing both volleyball and soccer in high school, which led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. During this time, she found ways to immerse herself in novel and exhilarating experiences like marathon training and ice skating, which have led her to believe in the importance of bringing the love of exercise to those in her community. For three years, she worked as a group exercise instructor at the YMCA. She obtained her NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist two years ago after spending time working with collegiate and high school athletes in the strength room. Today, if she is not trying a new sport or lifting at the gym, you can find her writing poetry and taking care of plants. And sometimes, in a state of post-exercise happiness, Carolina will tell you that her smiles are bred out her bones.

Elmer Vazquez


Elmer is a Third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Thanks to a very active mother who brought him everywhere, Elmer has been moving outdoors or in the gym since he was born. Elmer thinks meeting the physical activity guidelines is the most important preventative medicine and thinks physicians should be leading the way. Aside medical school, Elmer continues to run a fitness and training business that supports people outside of the clinical setting. Elmer finds joy in all activities, particularly CrossFit, Backpacking, and Jiu-Jitsu.

Gabriella Girolami


Gabi is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle Campus. She developed a passion for long-distance running during high school, which continued to grow throughout her undergraduate years. Using 5ks and 10ks as a way to challenge herself and maintain balance amid the demands of medical school, Gabi finds purpose in running for causes she deeply cares about. She looks forward to incorporating this passion into her involvement with the UW community through MiM! Beyond her dedication to running, Gabi actively volunteers in adaptive occupational therapy and enjoys spending time with her family and two huskies.

Kat Davis


Kat is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine at the Anchorage, Alaska foundations site. Growing up in Alaska, Kat lived an active lifestyle of running, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, and playing soccer. After high school, she attended the Air Force Academy where principles of health and fitness were practiced as a part of her training, and she really developed a passion for helping others find the benefits of staying active while moving to different bases throughout the military. Outside of studying, Kat enjoys Orangetheory workouts, half marathons, skiing, hiking with friends and family, long walks with her dog, and quality coffee.

Kelli England


Kelli is a 1st year medical student at the University of Washington and is completing her foundation years in Spokane. She grew up in a very active family who took her hiking, skiing, backpacking, kayaking, and cycling in all seasons of the year. She has continued to grow in her love for the outdoors and staying active by running marathons, playing lots of tennis and pickleball, and skiing whenever she gets the chance. She has also enjoyed teaching others how to have fun and be safe in the outdoors as a skiing instructor, tennis instructor, and mountain biking instructor for kids. She believes that physical activity is essential to overall health and well-being and is passionate about helping others make time to be active in their busy lives.

Moira O'Connor Lenth


Moira is a Fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and she is based in Spokane, Washington. As a child, Moira played all the seasonal sports but in high school, she fell in love with long-distance running. Her high school cross-country coach fostered an incredible team environment that shaped Moira’s positive relationship towards movement. Moira continued to run competitively in college and today she enjoys training for marathons. She also likes to ski with her family, hike with her dogs, and Try New coffee shops.

Natalie Fuller


Natalie is a Spokane based Third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During her years as an undergraduate, she played rugby for the Seattle Saracens, and was eventually named a College All American. When a season ending injury put her on the sidelines, she redirected her energy into distance running and cross country skiing: two non-contact sports she enjoys to this day. The experience of being injury also inspired Natalie to join a concussion prevention team at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where she discovered her passion for promoting physical and mental well-being through sport. She looks forward to integrating exercise into her future medical practice, whichever specialty she may choose. These days you can find Natalie training for marathons, praying for snow, and doing her best to learn tennis. She also coaches for Girls on the Run, which she hopes to continue throughout her journey towards physician hood.

Sonia Grutzius


Sonia is a Second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle Campus. She raced cross country and track through college, competing at a club level. After graduating college, she turned to coaching, and worked with an incredible team of high schoolers for several years. Supporting and training alongside such a fun and gritty group of athletes motivated her to complete her first sprint triathlon and marathon! She is incredibly grateful for the communities running has provided her, and she looks forward to engaging the UW community to grow through MiM. Aside from running, she finds great joy in hiking and dancing, practicing styles from country swing and line dancing to classic Bhangra.

Sophie Blackburn


Sophie is an E-19 MSTP student at the University of Washington School of Medicine based in Seattle, WA. She is currently a 3rd year PhD student in bioengineering doing research on kidney organoids. As an undergraduate, she walked on to the lightweight women’s rowing team and fell in love with the sport. Since coming to Seattle, Sophie has continued rowing with Pocock Rowing Club and discovered a passion for distance running. Staying active throughout medical and graduate school has been an emotional outlet on tough days, but more importantly a way to make amazing friends and see the beauty of the PNW from many different vantage points. Through MiM, Sophie looks forward to sharing time outdoors with the UWSOM community and is always up for a run ending with coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

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