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 medical students to our residency. 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 physicians 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.

Segen Aklilu, PGY5 Diversity Chief Resident

Segen Aklilu, PGY5, serves as our Diversity Chief Resident, a newly established position, to provide leadership and a cohesive voice for our under-represented minorities and to develop programs and tools that enrich our local culture for the purpose of enabling all of our residents to thrive. 

This past spring, Dr. Aklilu, along with former co-resident, Dr. Toluwalase Ashimolowo and former UW radiology resident and fellow, Dr. Berthina Coleman, gave our faculty and department a presentation titled, “Diversity & inclusion at UW:  where we now and how to move forward,” summarizing the collective experiences of our current and former Black and Latino residents.  The work they put into this was eye-opening and inspiring.

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:

Carolyn Meltzer, MD, Chair of Radiology, Emory Medical School – Gender and equity

Efren J Flores, MD, Officer for Community Health & Equity, Massachusetts General Hospital – Healthcare disparities

Leo Morales, MD, PhD, Professor and Chief Diversity Officer, Director, Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Healthcare disparities

Janice Sabin, PhD, MSW, Research Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI) – Implicit bias

Women in Radiology

 

 

Who we are, and what we do

The mission of Women in Radiology is to provide a strong community of support, mentoring, and resource sharing for female physicians 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.

 

Background

Dr. Yoshimi Anzai is a former Professor of Radiology at the University of Washington, and now serves at the University of Utah as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer of the University of Utah Health System.  In 2005, Dr. Anzai founded Women In Radiology at the University of Washington as an extension of her participation with the AAWR (American Association for Women In Radiology). She has served in several leadership roles with the AAWR since creating the branch at the UW, and she is a past President.  Her leadership was vital to create a network for women trainees and faculty, which continues to this day.

Following Dr. Anzai’s transition to the University of Utah, Dr. Tess Chapman has served as Director of our Women in Radiology chapter, and she is now joined with Dr. Sarah Bastawrous as co-Director.  Dr. Chapman is a Professor of Radiology, the Program Director of our UW Diagnostic Radiology Residency, and an attending pediatric radiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.   As a member of the UW Radiology community, Dr. Chapman has enjoyed seeing the number of women in our residency, fellowships, and faculty blossom over the past decade.   Dr. Sarah Bastawrous is an Associate Professor of Radiology in Abdominal Imaging and Oncologic Imaging at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle.   She looks forward to many years of leading this exceptional group of women.

 

Teresa Chapman, MD
Co-Director, Women in Radiology UW Chapter

Sarah Bastawrous, DO
Co-Director, Women in Radiology UW Chapter

UW Radiology Diversity Visiting Student Program

The Diversity Visiting Student Program is a funded initiative designed to give medical students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to experience the outstanding training that is available in the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington and to experience life in Seattle, a thriving, dynamic, beautiful city with mild, dry, sunny summers. Click here to learn more.  

Please note that unfortunately due to COVID, this program is currently not available.