Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine is committed to diversity in recruiting physicians to our residency program. To this end, we are mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, spiritual practice, geography, disability and age.

Diversity is a core value which embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and the appreciation of multiple perspectives. Inclusion is a critical element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the program through professional development, education, policy and practice. Through diversity and inclusion, we hope to create a climate that fosters belonging, respect and sharing in a healthy educational environment.

We believe that diversity enhances the educational climate and that educational outcomes are directly improved as a result. Furthermore, we believe that the constantly changing demographics locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally make it imperative that our program create a workforce for the future that is capable of understanding, communicating and providing services to individuals from varied backgrounds. In this way, diversity is a solution to several needs. It enhances creativity and thoughtfulness in our patient care and research; it serves as a catalyst for change, ultimately resulting in a greater system of health care equity and a reduction in health care disparities. This eventually lead to better solutions to the healthcare needs of the patients we serve.

The Department of Urology is committed to increasing the diversity of our house staff, faculty and staff for the years to come and ensuring the success of our trainees who come from backgrounds currently underrepresented in medicine.

To learn more about diversity at the University of Washington School of Medicine, please explore the following online resources:

CEDI Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF)

If you would like to learn more about diversity and inclusion in the Urology Residency Program, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Byron Joyner, MD, MPA
Professor and Program Director
Department  of Urology

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