UW Radiology

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion within the University of Washington Department of Radiology

It is our mission to recruit the brightest, most diverse and emotionally mature residents to our program. Along with leaders from our departments across the School of Medicine and the University as a whole, we are committed to expanding the diversity of our resident body.   Our local and regional communities benefit from being served by residents who are racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse.  Furthermore, our own medical system benefits substantially from the collective knowledge of a diverse group for decision-making and process improvement.  We recognize the value of all types of diversity including gender, geographic origin, career goals, background, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ, military status, and extracurricular interests.

Motivated by our residents, our residency program’s mission and that of the University, our department leadership has organized a faculty development lecture series that we plan to continue in a recurring fashion.  This lecture series includes these phenomenal individuals and topics:

Alden Landry, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School – Advancing Health Equity

Carolynn M DeBenedectis, MD, Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Education, University of Massachusetts Medical School – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Radiology: Educating the next generation of radiologists

Kristin K. Porter, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham,  – The Imperative of Inclusion in Radiology: Creating a more inclusive environment

Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, Professor and Associate Chair for Diversity in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University – Diversity Initiative at Stanford Radiology: How to be an ally

Women in Radiology

The mission of Women in Radiology is to provide a strong community of support, mentoring, and resource sharing in our department. Events are held throughout the year. Past events include mentoring panel events co-hosted with the Washington State Radiological Society, annual dinner banquets with invited speakers, happy hour gatherings after work, and a book club. Discussions at these various events have included the meaning of mentoring, the variable support (or lack thereof) for parental leave at different practice groups, work life “balance”, the reasons behind fewer women in radiology compared to other medical specialties, the need for an outreach program by our WIR chapter at the undergraduate and medical school levels, and encouragement of our junior members to “jump in” and get involved in leadership positions. The group is open to our residents, fellows, and faculty members (across all disciplines, even including our research faculty), within the Department of Radiology within University of Washington and Virginia Mason. Any interested undergraduate and medical students are also welcome to participate.


GME Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)