The Department of Medicine at the University of Washington is committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty, fellows and residents from groups under-represented in medicine as well as to promote an inclusive environment across the department.

The Division of Rheumatology is proactive in supporting the Department of Medicine's mission through our efforts in the Division’s education programs and faculty support.


All members of the Department of Medicine search committees participate in Equity, Access, and Inclusion in Hiring training on best practices regarding faculty candidate outreach, assessment, recruitment and retention. 

Faculty development

Mentoring is an essential element for faculty career advancement in academic medicine.  A strong mentoring relationship may lead to academic success, productivity, and career satisfaction. Despite the known benefits of mentoring, there is a lack of mentoring in academic medicine, particularly in faculty from URM. The Division of Rheumatology encourages meaningful mentorship and is eager to assist faculty in finding a good match.

Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP), started in 2015,  is a funded program designed to give medical students with a diverse background a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer. 

 "I was interested in the UW because of its mission for serving underserved populations, as well as its track record for educational achievement."

-Christopher Ghiathi, first visiting scholar

Commitment to Combatting Endemic Racism 

Click here to read Dr. Keith Elkon's statement on the Division's commitment to combatting endemic racism at all levels and promoting diversity at UW.