As a large-scale healthcare provider in the five-state region of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI), we serve a substantial population of both urban and rural patients from a variety of socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Values in Action
- We maintain a climate of respect for patients and their families, our students, trainees, faculty and staff.
- We pursue the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty and trainees from underrepresented groups in medicine.
- We provide personalized medicine where our patient-centered approach delivers equitable care.
- We support inclusive clinical and academic activities to promote equity among our faculty, staff and patients.
- We have developed curricula that fosters inclusive values among medical students, residents and fellows.
- In our interaction with our patients, we have implemented practices that are guided by DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) principles such as the use of gender neutral language. These practices are person-centric and avoid the use of stereotypes.
- We strive for Diversity in:
- National Origin / Citizenship
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Physical and Mental Ability / Disability
- Socioeconomic Status / Background
- Educational Level
In 2019, our department established two new initiatives recognizing the importance of diversity for maintaining excellence in our teaching, patient care and research programs:
This is an experience with a $1,500 stipend designed to give two fourth-year students from historically underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to experience the outstanding clinical training in our department prior to choosing where to go for their residency. For more information, visit the UW OB/GYN Diversity Sub-Internship page.
Council on the Promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The department's Diversity Council is part of the broader UW Medicine Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The Council is composed of faculty, staff, and trainees dedicated to department-wide initiatives honoring, promoting and recognizing diversity in its many forms.
We have 5 committees working in the follow areas to accomplish a wide variety of DEI initiatives within our department and community: Training and Education, Culture and Policy, Hiring and Retention, Communications, Community Outreach
- Ivana Thompson, MD, MSCI, FACOG - Associate Chair of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Dalika Ung - Program Administrative Coordinator
- Erin McCoy, MPH - Program Manager
- Barbara Goff, MD
Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
Established in 2010, the University of Washington Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UWNURF) is a resident and fellow organization at the University of Washington that promotes cultural diversity in medicine through community education, mentorship, professional networking, cultural competency education, and recruitment of underrepresented medical students, residents and fellows.
OB/GYN Grand Rounds with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus
Here is a list of archived Grand Rounds focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Click on the title links to view the presentations.
Washington State Health Care Authority, Office of Tribal Affairs - Historical Trauma and Indian Health Care
Presented by: Jessie M. Dean, JD, MS, MHPA
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Participation of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Clinical Trials: Past, Present & Future
Presented by: Soledad Jorge, MD
Incorporating and Tracking Health Care Inequities in Quality Improvements
Presented By: Allison S. Bryant Mantha, MD, MPH
Dying Prematurely: Discussing Death and Dying with African Americans
Presented By: Brownsyne M. Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
Building Equitable Centers of Cancer Care Excellence: A Single Institution Experience
Presented By: Adbulrahman K. Sinno, MD
Reproductive Rights & Wrongs: Agency, Autonomy and a Reproductive Justice Approach to Care
Presented By: Jamila Perritt, MD, MPH, FACOG
IUDs and Implants: A Person-Centered and Justice-Informed Perspective
Presented By: Christine Dehlendorf, MD, MAS
A Race-Conscious Approach to Disparities in Endometrial Cancer for the 21st Century
Presented By: Kemi Doll, MD, MCSR
The Psychological Science of Microaggressions: What They Are and Why They Matter (partial video)
Presented By: Jonathan Kanter, Ph.D.
Infertility Management in Low Resource Settings
Presented By: Christopher Herndon, MD
Implicit Bias and Social Categorization in Medicine
Presented By: Naomi Shike, MD, MSc.
Slavery, the Surgeon, and the Statues: The History and Legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims
Presented By: Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD
Treating Racism in Medical Education
Presented By: Andrea V. Jackson, MD MAS
Patient Centered Care in Family Planning: Achieving Public Health Goals while Safeguarding Reproductive Autonomy
Presented By: Lisa Callegari, MD, MPH