UW Rheumatology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Guided by the UW Rheumatology Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, the Division of Rheumatology furthers the UW-DOM’s EDI mission through leadership, education and policy, outreach and recruitment, health equity work, and partnerships with aligned groups across the University of Washington and in the community.
- Grant Hughes (Chair)
- Tomas Mustelin
- Tiffany Wallace
- Bobby Han
- Bernard Ng
- Katie Wysham
- Jenna Thomason
- Danielle Matusalem
Local and National EDI Leadership
Grant Hughes, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Interim co-chair, UW Rheumatology EDI Committee; UW-DOM EDI Strategic Plan Workgroup; Arthritis Foundation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Workforce Development Planning Group
Bryanna Mantilla, MD, PhD, MPH (they/them)
Arthritis Foundation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit Planning Committee.
Tomas Mustelin, MD, PhD
Head, Division of Rheumatology
UW Rheumatology EDI Committee
Katherine Wysham, MD
Acting Assistant Professor
UW-DOM Gender Equity Council
Education and Training
The Division devotes significant effort to educating its members on racism in medicine, implicit bias, microaggressions, gender equity, and gender identity. Faculty members participate in the Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) Program, and all staff and faculty who are involved in fellow selection receive rigorous anti-bias training. Health equity learning is incorporated into clinical didactic sessions and clinical learning objectives.
Outreach and Recruitment
UW Rheumatology fellows come from diverse backgrounds. Since 2016, more than one in five of our Program’s fellows has identified as underrepresented in medicine (URM). The Program maintains educational outreach programs with Morehouse Medical School and Xavier University, and we participate in the UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF) national outreach programs. We are deeply involved in the Visiting Scholars Program (VSP), a funded program designed to give medical students from diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the training that the Division of Rheumatology and the Department of Medicine have to offer.
“I was fortunate to be able to participate in the UW Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) as a fourth-year medical student. I was impressed by the collegial atmosphere, the quality of the clinical education, and the excellent humanistic patient-centered care. As a UW Rheumatology fellow, I am impressed with how our division continues to grow and honor the mission of DEI by supporting clinical research, encouraging ongoing education, and promoting the development and advancement of diverse clinicians at both the institutional level and the national level.”
--Bryanna Mantilla, UW Rheumatology Fellow
Health Equity Research
Bryanna Mantilla, MD, PhD, MPH
Racial-ethnic disparities in diagnosis and treatment of individuals with axial spondyloarthritis.
Namrata Singh, MD, MSCI
Racial-ethnic disparities in rheumatoid arthritis outcomes.
Jenna Thomason, MD, MPH
Fellowship Associate Program Director
Sociodemographic disparities in digital rheumatology care.
Grant Hughes, MD
Fellowship Program Director
Sociodemographic disparities in digital rheumatology care; bias reduction in medical education.
Dr. Keith Elkon, professor, Mart Mannik, MD-Lucile T. Henderson Endowed Professor in Rheumatology and former Rheumatology Division Head, has outlined our Division and institutional commitment to combatting endemic racism at all levels and promoting diversity at UW.
UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF)learn more
Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grantslearn more
Center for Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (CEDI)learn more
UW Diversity Blueprint, 2017-2021learn more
READ UW PRESIDENT'S BLOG ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce blog post, "We need reasoned debate on affirmative action, not mockery" regarding affirmative action and if, where and how it should be practiced.
SCHOLARSHIPS & RESOURCES FOR MINORITY STUDENTS
STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) provides information on scholarship opportunities for students of various backgrounds, along with a set of valuable academic and career resources to further help minority students throughout their college journey.