The University of Washington Department of Medicine’s diversity mission is committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty, fellows and residents from groups under-represented in medicine as well as to promote an inclusive environment across the department.

To align with these goals, the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition training programs offer:

  • Diverse training environments across three different medical centers serving the Puget Sound and WWAMI region.
  • Training opportunities for clinical trainees and postdoctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds.
  • Clinical training opportunities focused on different populations including diabetes in the LatinX community, transgender care, and endocrine management of the aging population.
  • Focus on improving patient care access and the patient care experience for people of color including improving access to Diabetes and Endocrine specialty care in the south end of Seattle and King County.
  • Expanding telehealth services to improve access to care for underserved populations.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee members

  • Lorena Alarcon-Casas Wright, MD - Chair
  • Carlos Campos, PhD
  • Anthony “Abe” DeSantis, MD
  • Savitha Subramanian, MD
  • Joshua Thaler, MD

Diversity Resources

The University of Washington offers a variety of resources to further the diversity mission:

UW Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI): The Division and the University of Washington School of Medicine offer many resources for fellows and trainees through the UW School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CEDI). The mission of CEDI is to build individual and institutional capacity to achieve excellence, foster innovation, and further health equity in our state and region by advancing diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School of Medicine’s teaching, patient care and research programs. 

University of Washington Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF) is a diverse body of residents, fellows and faculty representing all specialties. UW-NURF is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and aims to promote cultural diversity in medicine through community involvement, mentorship, professional networking, and recruitment of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) in Medicine.

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is sponsored by the Graduate School and is committed to expanding graduate education to everyone. Many of GO-MAP’s events and programming are geared toward underrepresented minority graduate students and are open to all University of Washington graduate students, faculty and staff, especially those interested in maintaining and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population.

Department of Medicine Diversity Council

The Department of Medicine Diversity Council was formed in 2014 with a goal to report and provide guidance on how to increase and sustain diversity in our faculty, training programs and staff. 

Research Exchange

The University of Washington is part of Research exchange, an alliance of the nation’s most prominent universities with the goal of increasing the advancement of diverse PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, by facilitating joint mentorship, scientific collaboration, career development and guidance.

University of Washington Affinity Groups

Affinity groups are supported by the University of Washington as a way to advance recruitment and retention efforts. Organizations in higher education and the corporate sector have used affinity groups as a way to build community and to improve recruitment and retention of diverse talent. If you are interested in building community or fostering connections with other faculty and staff at the University of Washington, we invite you to get involved with one of our faculty and staff affinity groups.