We are 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.

Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and DEI Program Manager

We are recruiting a new Associate Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and DEI Program Manager to provide leadership and guidance for the Department of Medicine with initiatives to further the Department’s efforts to directly confront bias and racism at the individual, program, departmental, and systemic levels through innovative programs and policies in support of all divisions and programs, as well as in our partnerships with local, regional and global partners and communities that we serve.

Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine

The Department of Medicine is excited to be part of the Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) iniative, moving us towards enduring institutional diversity and inclusiveness. 

Visiting Residents and Scholars

We are proud to offer two programs that are designed to give students with diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer.

First Visiting Resident

We welcomed Dr. Tara Reid as our first visiting resident in 2018. She subsequently matched into our Infectious Diseases Fellowship program.


All members of Department of Medicine search committees participate in Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Hiring training on best practices regarding faculty candidate outreach, assessment, recruitment and retention. 

Faculty development

We currently have a robust faculty mentoring program and plan to increase our underrepresented minority (URM) retention by developing a minority faculty mentoring program.

Mentoring is an essential element for faculty career advancement in academic medicine.

A strong mentoring relationship contributes to academic success, productivity, and career satisfaction. Despite the known benefits of mentoring, the lack of mentoring remains a persistent problem in academic medicine, particularly in faculty from URM.

Given that URM faculty are promoted at lower rates, and report lower career satisfaction, the need for a dynamic mentoring program is even greater for junior URM faculty members. 

Diversity Academic Scholar Award

We created this award to assist highly qualified and meritorious DOM-based divisional trainees at the rank of Senior Fellow/Acting Instructor and/or Acting Assistant Professor in their transition to the roles of clinician-scholar, physician-scientist, research-scientist, and principal investigator (PI) as newly appointed Assistant Professors.

Ruanne Barnabas Receives 2021 Minority Faculty Mentorship Award

This award recognizes the need for excellence in mentoring of under-represented faculty groups to achieve diversity and inclusion, key elements that can unleash creativity and innovation so that we can meet the health care needs of our region.