We are delighted to announce that the Network for Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) will host a Diversity Recruitment Open House as part of NURF’s outreach efforts this recruitment season.  The Diversity Recruitment Open House is scheduled on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom. 

This virtual Open House is intended to answer questions for medical students and residents from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are currently applying to programs at the University of Washington.

The meeting will open with brief presentations by leadership from NURF, the GME Office and the Office of Healthcare Equity to highlight the on-going projects and initiatives to help recruit and retain underrepresented (URM) residents, fellows and faculty. Panel members will discuss specific actions UW Medicine is taking to strengthen our culture of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion and the resources available for housestaff support. Prospective candidates will be able to join break-out groups for the majority of the Zoom session, giving them a chance to ask questions about navigating the city, training programs and hospitals. The first break-out sessions will be organized, as much as possible, by specialty, and include applicants, current housestaff and faculty. The second break-out session will include only medical students and housestaff. After the break-out session, everyone will gather for final questions and a quick wrap-up of the evening. 

We would like everyone to pre-register for the Open House to facilitate assignments for our break-out sessions. Pre-registration will allow us to provide participating medical student contact information to program directors after the event.

We highly encourage each department to send a member of their housestaff and, if possible, a faculty member to better answer department-specific questions that applicants may have. We also encourage housestaff who will be present for the meeting to discuss their attendance with their program directors or supervisors so that they can be excused from clinical duties during this time. Depending upon the success of this Open House, we will likely host one or two more events later this recruitment season.


Event: Diversity Recruitment Open House

Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Pacific Time)

Who: URM applicants from all departments, and current residents, fellows, and attendings from URM backgrounds and allies



Register here:

For questions or comments, email Nora Coronado at

Zoom Link:

We look forward to hosting our very first NURF and GME co-sponsored Diversity Recruitment Open House and hope to see you there!