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.


Girls on the Run is a non-profit program from girls ages 8-13. The organization promotes empowerment in girls by teaching life skills through research-based lessons and running. Girls at a critical age are taught the importance of physical and emotional health as they begin to navigate a complex world with gender stereotypes and ongoing societal obstacles. Girls on the Run seeks to instill confidence in every girl through an inclusive, interactive, and fun after school experience.

King Country Play Equity Coalition – “Only 19% of King County youth get the recommended amount of physical activity. Using the 2019 State of Play: Seattle-King County Report findings and recommendations as a springboard, King County Play Equity Coalition aims to increase the rates of King County youth meeting the CDC’s Physical Activity Guidelines so that all youth have access to the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of movement.”

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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 levibale@uw.edu 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: https://medmotion.org/chapters/university-of-washington-school-of-medicine/ 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:

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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 first-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.

Brian Ward


Brian is an MS-3 at UW who loves to run and hike and sometimes play basketball very poorly. Born and raised in Washington state, his favorite way to exercise is running in the rain. He is interested in too many things in medicine to know what he wants to be when he grows up, be he knows he wants to stay in motion!

Emily Huebner


Emily is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. She has been active throughout her life, from playing soccer to lacrosse, swimming to cycling, and more. She says that sports have taught her how to keep her eyes on a bigger goal, stay strong through difficult situations, and find community in new places. She has been inspired to see how social change can be promoted through physical activity and wellness and is excited about how MiM can support this in the UW community. You can usually find Emily trail running on one of the many trail systems in western Washington, hiking with friends or family, biking with her dad, or trying new recipes.

Moira O'Connor Lenth


Moira is a first-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 wander to coffee shops near her new home in Spokane.

Nathan McLaughlin


Nathan is a third-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Exercise has forever been a significant part of his life, and he firmly believes it has shaped who he is. While he was a varsity cross country and track athlete at Seattle University, he still maintains his commitment to staying active throughout his medical training. This has played a very important role in his life in preventing burnout and reducing stress as a medical trainee. He is a large supporter of normalizing exercise as medicine to prevent and manage chronic diseases in the clinical setting and is working on exercise outreach projects with The Sports Institute at the University of Washington. Now, he enjoys high intensity resistance training, weightlifting, playing volleyball or badminton, and running, with the goal of racing competitively in a marathon. Exercise is the best medicine!