At UW Health, we want our GME programs to reflect the communities we serve. That’s why we make diversity, equity and inclusion top priorities. We’ve worked closely with residents, fellows, faculty, and staff to develop best practices and trainings to ensure that our work, study, research and health care environments are welcoming and supportive to everyone.
In 2017, the UW Health GME programs formed a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. This group collected baseline data and looked at how UW Health performs in the areas of early outreach, inclusive environment and recruitment and selection.
The task force identified key diversity and inclusion programs and departments and made recommendations for future expansions, including:
- Formation of a formal GMEC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee
- Involvement in diversity recruitment efforts and initiatives
- Specific steps each GME program can take to develop initiatives that improve our early outreach, inclusive environment, and recruitment and selection.
Eliminating health disparities
When we embrace diversity, we find new ways to eliminate health disparities. At UW Health, we are committed to increasing engagement in diverse communities.
These efforts include:
- Collaborating with the UW Health Chief Diversity Officer and encouraging residents and fellows to participate in the Employee Resource Groups
- Studying racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care
- Recruiting underrepresented, diverse residents and fellows
- Providing robust gender services to help transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming patients access and obtain high quality gender-affirming medical care
Diversity programs for the GME community
There are many efforts across UW Health, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Madison related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The UW Health GME Programs Diversity and Inclusion Task Force identified the following as the most relevant to our GME community: