Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are our core values, encompassing inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives.
We are mindful of all aspects of human identity including socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, spiritual practice, geography, ability, and age.
Inclusion is a critical element for successfully achieving diversity. Our objective is to create a milieu that fosters belonging, respect, and value for all and encourages engagement and connection throughout the institution. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the program through professional development, education, policy, and practice.
We believe that diversity enhances the educational climate and that educational outcomes are directly improved as a result. Moreover, we believe that the constantly changing demographics locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally make it imperative that the program create a workforce for the future that is capable of understanding, communicating and providing service to individuals from diverse backgrounds. In this way, diversity enhances creativity and thoughtfulness in our patient care and scholarship, and serves as a catalyst for change ultimately resulting in greater health care equity and a reduction in health care disparities. This eventually leads to better solutions to the healthcare needs of the populations we serve.
Our program is committed to delivering curriculum for all our trainees that emphasizes the structural determinants of health affecting our patients. Structural determinants of health are the foundation of healthcare inequities and a cause of health disparities experienced by patients.
For the future
We are committed to increasing the diversity of our housestaff and our faculty for years to come, ensuring the success of our trainees who come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, and educating all of our residents on the inequities that diverse patients continue to experience.
The EDItorial is a monthly publication created by Program Administrators in the Internal Medicine Residency Program; Andréa Campbell, Gevelle Cullen, and Whitney Harper. Each month we highlight different marginalized groups with opportunities to engage, support, and participate on international, national, and local levels. Our intention is to focus on resources that fall outside the walls of the University of Washington that support our local communities.
Campus DEI Resources
If you would like to learn more about diversity and inclusion in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, please feel free to contact us.