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,
  • Vice President: Joseph “Joey” Nelson, Family Medicine, PGY-2,
  • Co-Secretaries/Treasurers: James Abe, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY-3, & Kelly Shontell, Pediatrics, PGY-2,
  • Education Chair: Sherise Epstein, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, PGY-3,
  • Social Media Chair: Samara Jinks-Chang, Pediatrics, PGY-3,
  • HQSC (Housestaff Quality & Safety Committee)-NURF Chair: Lyndsey Booker, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PGY-3,
  • Community Outreach & Doctor-For-A-Day (DFAD) Chair: Gabriel Mendoza, Pediatrics, PGY-2,
  • Medical Student Affairs Chair: Ricardo “Ricky” Pulido, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, PGY-2,
Community Service/Outreach
UW-NURF values its commitment to serving underrepresented individuals in medicine as well as the community at large. Our community service projects are manifold, including staffing and providing care at neighborhood clinics, Greater Puget Sound-area health service events, high school enrichment events and many others in conjunction with the UW Chapter of the Student National Medical Association. We hope to inspire not only a culture of healthcare and health awareness in underserved communities but also garner interest in medicine as a tangible career course for young men and women in minority communities.

  • 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
UW Medicine provides a training experience unique in the U.S., with a medical community that values mentorship, apprenticeship and communal growth to our dedicated peers, attendings, faculty and faculty advisers. Thus, we believe that guidance during the most pivotal years of training is integral to the success of our respective programs and our community as a whole. UW-NURF allows for residents and fellows to establish invaluable partnerships between colleagues, upper level leaders and faculty, fostering an atmosphere of interdisciplinary insight and growth. Post-GME advisers and enrichment seminars are available to offer guidance towards individual career road maps and goals. Mentorship within UW-NURF has contributed to research partnerships, networking opportunities, quality improvement projects and growth for the minority community here at UW Medicine.

  • 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
UW-NURF boasts a multidisciplinary and multicultural community representing physicians from all medical specialties. UW Medicine is home to a large medical community of both institutional and private sector medical centers. To our advantage we are able to draw support and open communication and networking opportunities with minority healthcare providers from all over the Seattle/Greater Puget Sound region. We currently co-host and facilitate social events and mixers with physicians from area medical centers such as Virginia Mason Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center and more.

  • 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
We believe the strength of an academic program relies not only on its reputation, abundant resources, esteemed faculty and dedicated trainees, but also its ability to represent a diverse group of individuals with a passion for healing, service and teaching that comprise its framework. Developing and maintaining a strong, vibrant cultural core for the UW Medicine-affiliated programs is our primary goal. Thus, GME outreach and recruitment to underrepresented minorities in medicine (URiM) constitutes a major tenet of UW-NURF. Although our recruitment focuses on the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) conference held each year, we are happy to reach out to interested applicants and faculty of any degree or stature along their medical training journey. Additionally, each GME residency and fellowship program has designated residents and fellows who act as NURF Diversity Liaisons to assists in the recruitment of talented underrepresented medical students/residents/fellows in medicine. NURF provides academic support and advocacy for diversity elective rotations during medical school to foster an interest in pursuing the UW as a choice institution of training.

  • Resident/Fellow Diversity Liaison
  • Recruitment at National Pre -Medical Conferences
  • Diversity Second Look Panel and Dinner
Cultural Sensitivity

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.

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