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.

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2021 January Step Challenge RESULTS ARE BELOW

CHapter leadership

Levi Bale

Levi is a second-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine – Seattle campus. Physical activity has always inspired Levi to improve himself and help others, and it is what led him to where he is today. During college Levi worked as a personal trainer and strength coach with a range of people from 5 year old hockey players to internationally competitive rugby athletes, and found the gratification of bringing his own love of movement to others in whatever way fits them best. Today, Levi pursues interests in regenerative medicine the use of physical activity to treat chronic disease. Levi enjoys escaping the city to trail run and snowshoe in the mountains, do circuit weight training, and participating in local charity runs. 

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!

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! 

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.

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.

Previous EVENTs

2021 January Step Challenge

The results are in!

We’d like to start by recognizing the people who submitted steps for each week of January.


Individual results:
Participants with greatest step averages/day:*Includes participants who submitted steps for 2+ weeks


Participants with the highest number of steps in WWAMI:


Participants with the highest number of steps by WWAMI site:image.png

And finally, the WWAMI site results!
WWAMI site with the greatest number of steps/person:*Includes participants who submitted results for 3+ weeks


Our Philanthropies

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.”

The Holiday Quartet – 4 Runs to Reduce Burnout

October 30, 2020 through January 4th, 2021

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  

Chris Lites
Chris is a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. After graduating from Columbia University in 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior he worked in consulting and then managed a private practice for a cardiologist. Currently obsessed with boxing, calisthenics and functional strength training, Chris has always been a fitness fanatic. Since becoming a NASM certified personal trainer in 2018 he has been committed to promoting exercise and general wellness within each of his communities.
Jacob Klickstein
Jacob is a 4th year MD/PhD student at Tufts University School of Medicine working on his PhD in neuroscience. He currently works to create motor neurons from human stem cells, but when he isn’t in the lab, he can be found running down the esplanade, practicing handstands or tending to his indoor forest. Before joining Tufts, he worked as a clinical research assistant creating and maintaining a patient tissue bank for Alzheimer’s disease research. While at MGH, he helped establish the MGH running club and ran the 2017 Boston marathon. He continues his obsession with running as the leader of the TUSM running club and now as the COO at Medicine in Motion.
Amanda Cao
Amanda is a 2nd year student at Harvard Medical School. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri before attending college at MIT, where she graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biology. Amanda has always enjoyed playing sports and keeping active, and her favorite forms of exercise include swimming and boxing. Amanda is excited to work with Medicine in Motion to combine her interest in physical activity with her passion for building community within her profession.
Michael Duggan
Mike is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a BS in Biology, he worked as a clinical research coordinator on childhood obesity focused research projects at Massachusetts General Hospital. His biggest fitness accomplishments to date are running the Boston Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He is looking forward towards utilizing fitness to create and develop a sense of community among medical students.
Shani Aharon
Shani Aharon is a 4th year medical student at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She considers herself adventurous, and would try any sport once: she grew up figure skating, rowed crew in college, played ultimate frisbee while working, and now runs in her free time in medical school. Having a few years of work-life balance as a healthcare consultant prior to medical school, Shani is passionate about maintaining mind-body wellness and helping do the same. She’s excited to put her past experience to good use as the CFO of Medicine in Motion.
Logan Briggs
Logan Briggs is a 4th year Harvard Medical Student. He swam for, and captained, the Dartmouth swim team and graduated in 2016. During a gap year before medical school, he worked as a wilderness guide in Tanzania and biked across the US to raise money for medical service work that he later performed in Nepal. Having been a lifelong swimmer, transitioned to triathlete, Logan strongly believes that regular exercise and social connection is the key to balance and happiness. He helped found Medicine in Motion to extend those benefits to others.
Chase Marso
Chase is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical school and co-founder of Medicine in Motion. A former Augustana University quarterback and basketball coach in his hometown of Brandon, SD, he has always had a passion for physical fitness and a desire to encourage others in athletic achievement. Chase sees Medicine in Motion’s mission of inspiring others towards their physical fitness goals while promoting philanthropy as Medicine in Motion’s most unique and worthwhile endeavor.
Cray Noah
Cray is an engineer and doctor-in-training dedicated to innovating ways to increase access to preventative medicine and health technology. As a fourth-year student in Harvard’s MD/MBA program, he brings experience working at the nexus of biomedicine and business in the medical device startup space during his time at Georgia Tech and now in Boston. While passionate about innovative biotechnology, Cray believes creating community through exercise and fitness is the best form of preventative medicine to date and is dedicated to furthering that mission through Medicine in Motion. A native Texan, Cray has transitioned from football to triathlons, tennis and sailing since moving northeast.
Michael Seward
Mike is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School (HMS) where he co-founded Medicine in Motion in 2017 with Chase, Logan, and Derek. As a varsity ice hockey player at Harvard College, he became interested in nutrition and for his senior thesis implemented a traffic-light food labeling study in the college dining halls to encourage healthy eating choices. After graduating, he worked for two years in clinical research at an Obesity Prevention Program at HMS and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery where he saw the alarming rise in knee replacements mirror national trends in obesity. This sparked his interest in the intersection of orthopaedic surgery, nutrition, and fitness, and his medical school thesis investigates a pre-operative remote weight loss intervention and mobile app for patients anticipating total joint replacement surgery.
Derek Soled
Derek is a fourth-year MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. He serves as the student council co-president at the medical school. Derek graduated from Yale University in 2016 as a double major in biology and sociology and was the captain of the Yale fencing team. He then pursued a MSc in medical anthropology from the University of Oxford where he set an all-time record in the pole vault. A recipient of the Walter Byers Scholarship, an honor bestowed by the NCAA to the country's best overall male and female student-athlete each year, and a current member of Team USA for fencing, Derek is passionate about sport and continues to compete at a professional level as well as coach low-income children in Boston. As a first-year medical student, Derek co-founded Medicine in Motion.
Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH
Cross-Fit Extraordinaire
Frank McGovern, MD
Collegiate Swimmer, Triathlete
Noelle Saillant, MD
Runner, Cyclist
Dana Stearns, MD
Professional Cyclist
Jennifer Tan, MD
Bootcamp, Cyclist
Grant Riew
Grant is a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and Economics. He is interested in the effects of modern environments (low activity, lots of sitting, and lots of calories!) on human health and disease and has previously researched the effects of exercise on joint health. Grant is now excited to be involved in MiM research and and can’t wait to get active with others to promote healthy lifestyles. In his spare time, Grant enjoys hanging with friends, going on long walks, and playing the cello.
Sara Rubin
Sara is a 6th year MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School and is currently in her 4th year of the Immunology PhD Program studying blood cell development in zebrafish. After graduating from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Chemistry, she spent one year conducting research that the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In addition to her passion for medicine and science, Sara is an avid athlete who over the years has participated and competed in many different sports including gymnastics, softball, tennis, and pole vaulting. She was introduced to CrossFit and weightlifting in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since, always looking for opportunities to train and compete with friends and to share her love and knowledge of the sport of fitness with others. She is eager to bring her passion for fitness and community building to Medicine in Motion.
Jenny Sullivan
Jenny is a second-year medical student at UMass Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree in Global Health at Georgetown University in 2018, where she was also a diver on the Swim and Dive team for four years. Jenny is excited to find the same sense of community, support, and passion for fitness that she had during college athletics as a member of Medicine in Motion.
Erica Lee
Erica is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Maryland - College Park in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College. She is pursuing a degree in biology with a minor in business. She is interested in the effects of burnout in the medical field as well as how action can be taken to mitigate this growing issue. Erica has been swimming and playing soccer since she was six years old and looks forward to being able to combine her love of sports and science!
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