Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in the Pediatric Residency Program

Residency Program Diversity Statement

The pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that values underrepresented minorities in medicine and individuals with unique experiences. We celebrate people from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origin, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, physical disability, and other attributes. The Diversity Committee at UW/Seattle Children’s supports residents, patients, and families, actualizing themes of dignity and respect through daily interactions, programmatic events, and curriculum development.  In creating a diverse community, we can better empathize with our patients and families, and serve as stronger child advocates.

INCLUDE (Inclusion, Cultural Humility, Diversity, and Equity) Curriculum

Implemented in the 2017-2018 academic year, this longitudinal curriculum covers approximately 25-30 hours of material each year, including skill building, didactics, and small group discussions. These sessions include morning reports, book clubs, journal clubs, and humanism sessions. During intern year, there is dedicated time for EDI training, including sessions on cultural humility, the historical context of racism in medicine, and addressing microaggressions. Additionally, didactics are held throughout the year on issues related to health care equity, such as trauma-informed care, LGBTQ2+ health, religion in medicine, immigration law, and other topics.

Residency Diversity Committee (DComm)

Diversity CommitteeThe Diversity Committee is a resident-run committee led by a leadership team of residents representing each residency class. Some examples of ongoing DComm initiatives include:

  • Active participation in the recruitment of a diverse class of talented and unique individuals.
  • Providing safe spaces to process sensitive resident experiences related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Building community across trainees and faculty through social events and partnership with the Faculty Diversity Committee.
  • Active leadership within Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF), including Dr. Kelly Shontell PGY-2 (Co-Secretary/Treasurer), Dr. Samara Jinks-Chang PGY-3 (Social Media Chair), and Dr. Gabriel Mendoza PGY-2 (Community Outreach and Doctor-For-A-Day Chair).
  • Collaboration with Graduate Medical Education at Seattle Children’s on projects and issues related to diversity and inclusion (such as antiracism action plan, microaggressions reporting systems)
  • Partnership with medical students on service and advocacy projects in the greater Seattle area
  • Support of pipeline programs for URM students interested in health science careers

Health Equity Rounds

Health Equity Rounds was developed by current residents and is a new series of interdisciplinary case-based discussions exploring issues of equity, bias, and racism that play out in medical settings today. Follow us on Twitter @SeattleHER and access our Seattle Health Equity Rounds Glossary.

Empowered Voices

Our residents are advocates for patients and communities of color and use their voices and positions as medical professionals to improve the health and well-being of all our patients. Some examples of ways our residents are currently involved in advocacy include:

  • AAP Representatives work directly with the WA Chapter of the AAP to lead advocacy efforts within our residency program and serve as experts on state legislative issues related to child health.
  • During the 2019-2020 academic year, the residency class wrote an Anti-Racism Call to Action statement to hospital leadership that included resident experiences and concrete action steps to aid in improving the hospital environment for our minority patients, trainees, staff, and faculty.
  • Residents helped to organize and participated in a university-wide silent demonstration in conjunction with the UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
  • Participation in the Seattle Doctors for Justice March, which drew more than 10,000 healthcare workers from the greater Seattle areas to downtown Seattle in June 2020.
  • Publication of an op-ed addressing the daily effects of systemic racism on child health.

Health Equity Track

farmers marketIn addition to the EDI curriculum and advocacy opportunities for all of our pediatric residents, in 2020-2021 we will match our inaugural class for the Health Equity Track. The mission of the health equity track is to train a diverse group of pediatric residents to advance health equity for children and adolescents through collaborative clinical care, community partnership, advocacy, and education. Residents in this track will have dedicated months throughout their residency focusing on growing skills in advocacy, leadership, and communication, while building toolkits to recognize structural roots of health inequity and effectively strategize and mobilize resources and interventions to advance health equity for our children, adolescents, and families.

Visiting Diversity Acting Internship

This funded opportunity for underrepresented students allows applicants (MS4) to experience our program first-hand and get to know our residency program, Seattle, and the greater Pacific Northwest. We currently host up to 5 positions/year with rotations ranging from nephrology elective to inpatient acting internship rotations. Since the initiation of the diversity acting internship program, 30% of the diversity acting internship students have matched into our program. Of our residents who also participated in the acting internship as students, 25% still work in the region our system serves. If interested, please learn more on how to apply for our funded acting internship for under-represented in medicine applicants.

Additional Partnerships