Diversity and Inclusion

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Photo: Clare McLean

We are in a new era of medicine and medical education. The stories in this issue portray remarkable new treatments and medical devices to prolong and improve lives. Our new medical-student curriculum is a 21st-century curriculum, featuring an integrated approach, active learning, a focus on lifelong learning, and greater clinical involvement from the start of medical school.

I would like to highlight one vital area of emphasis for the UW School of Medicine — building a diverse health workforce to serve all our patients. At UW Medicine, we are committed to recruiting and sustaining a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and learners. This summer, Leo Morales, our chief diversity officer and I had the honor to be featured speakers at the Association for American Indian Physicians’ 44th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference. There, we affirmed our strong commitment to recruit more students and trainees from diverse backgrounds, including American Indian students. Read more.

Dr. Morales has been with UW Medicine for a relatively short period of time but has already had a terrific impact. Recently, he announced the receipt of a federal award that will help build a pipeline of talented, diverse young people who will enter health careers; this is a vital part of fulfilling our mission. Congratulations to Dr. Morales and the entire Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team for their work on behalf of a diverse workforce. Read more about these efforts.

There is much work yet to do. We have the right people and community to move us forward and an abiding commitment. Thank you to alumni, faculty, staff, students, trainees and friends for your efforts on behalf of building a diverse health workforce. Our future depends on it.


Signature of Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington

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