Network of Underrepresented Residents & Fellows
The UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) is a resident and fellow run organization founded in the fall of 2010. The organization is a diverse body of residents, fellows, faculty and staff, representing all specialties. NURF is co-sponsored by the UW Graduate Medical Education Office and the Office of Healthcare Equity. Our aim is to promote cultural diversity in medicine through community involvement, education, advocacy, policy, mentorship, professional networking and recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in medicine.
Committee Officers for 2020-2021
- President: Ashley Eaves, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY-4, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President: Joseph “Joey” Nelson, Family Medicine, PGY-2, email@example.com
- Co-Secretaries/Treasurers: James Abe, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY-3, firstname.lastname@example.org & Kelly Shontell, Pediatrics, PGY-2, email@example.com
- Education Chair: Sherise Epstein, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, PGY-3, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Media Chair: Samara Jinks-Chang, Pediatrics, PGY-3, email@example.com
- HQSC (Housestaff Quality & Safety Committee)-NURF Chair: Lyndsey Booker, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY-3, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Outreach & Doctor-For-A-Day (DFAD) Chair: Gabriel Mendoza, Pediatrics, PGY-2, Gabriel.Mendoza@seattlechildrens.org
- Medical Student Affairs Chair: Ricardo “Ricky” Pulido, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, PGY-2, email@example.com
- Doctor for a Day (DFAD) Program
- Participation and attendance at community health fairs and exhibits
- Sponsorship of community health forums
- Partnership with community groups and advocates
- Speed mentoring event for medical students
- Medical student mock interviews and residency application workshops
- Shadowing opportunities for pre-medical and medical students
- Social gatherings – monthly medical students/residents/fellows socials
- Research in health disparities
- Partnership with Committee on Minority Faculty Affairs
- Diversity Lecture Series
- Welcome Reception for New Residents and Fellows
- Town hall meetings
- End-of-the-Year Ball
- Resident/Fellow Diversity Liaison
- Recruitment at National Pre -Medical Conferences
- Diversity Second Look Panel and Dinner
With the diverse patient population in our region, we believe that delivering culturally sensitive healthcare services to our patients help improve health outcomes and quality of care, and contribute to closing the gap of racial and ethnic health disparities. UW-NURF hosts a diversity lecture series during the academic year to help strengthen the clinician role in delivering culturally sensitive care. We also hold town hall meetings, where we discuss, in a welcoming, respectful environment, challenging cultural topics in the healthcare workplace.
- Diversity Lecture Series
- GME lectures
Doctor for a Day
Doctor for a Day is an outreach pipeline program created in 2014 and is sponsored by the UW Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Our mission is to expose, inspire and cultivate under-represented middle and high school students of color in the greater Seattle area to enter careers in healthcare. We aim to address the lack of under-represented healthcare professionals of color in our community.
Each year we host 1-2 events per month in partnership with organizations that serve youth of color. Examples of our community partners include several Boys and Girls Club locations, several YMCA locations, community centers, College Success Foundation, Rainier Scholars, Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, and many more. Our events are on Saturdays and typically run from 9am-2pm. Each event consists of interactive, hands-on activities and panel presentations. We rely on medical student, resident, fellow and attending volunteers to make these events a success and encourage people of color to volunteer so our youth can see themselves in these positions in healthcare.
Due to COVID-19, programming will be adjusted for the upcoming school year. Check back soon for more details.