Diversity at UVA

Message from the Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Medicine

Creating and maintaining a climate of diversity and inclusion are priorities at the School of Medicine and, in particular, in the Department of Medicine. We recognize that diversity is an essential component in our efforts to continue, and to expand upon, the traditions of excellence in the School and the Department. The Department of Medicine was the first in the School of Medicine to require all of its faculty to participate in unconscious bias training, starting with those faculty members involved in housestaff recruiting. That training has now been extended to the School of Medicine, with almost 1000 individuals being trained so far in an ongoing endeavor. The Department also piloted a new health disparities curriculum this year.

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Internal Medicine Residency Program Interviews — 2017-2018 season

The Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia recognizes the great importance of increasing diversity at all levels of its organization — residents, fellows, and faculty. We also recognize that we have a long way to go to reach this end. However, we are strongly committed to accomplishing this and are absolutely committed to an inclusive and supportive training and mentoring experience for all housestaff. Our goal during the process of our residency interviews is for all applicants to receive an open and genuine exposure to UVA’s Internal Medicine faculty and housestaff and to the culture, mentorship, and experience of training at UVA.

In addition to our normal interview days, we will hold some extended interview days (dates coming soon), some of which will also coordinate with hospital-wide events on diversity at UVA, on which we plan to hold a reception at which underrepresented minority faculty, residents, and fellows (as well as faculty and housestaff involved in activities to increase diversity at UVA) will be present to discuss life in Charlottesville, the training experience and opportunities that exist at UVA, and the commitment to increasing diversity at UVA and supporting underrepresented minority physicians through all stages of their professional development.

For applicants with questions about these interview dates or this program, please contact Erin Arnold or Dr. Brian Uthlaut, Residency Program Director.

UVA and Diversity in the News

UVA’s Dr. Gregory Townsend Receives the 2017 “Giving Back Award” from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

The Giving Back Award honors college and university administrators who go above and beyond their everyday leadership duties and “give back” to their campuses and communities. Dr. Gregory Townsend will be featured, along with 38 other recipients, in the April 2017 Leadership Support and Giving Back issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. Giving Back Award recipients were nominated by their colleagues and selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their outstanding demonstration of social responsibility; involvement with students, faculty, staff, and the community; and commitment to serving underrepresented populations. Each honoree is recognized for his or her passion, dedication, and support for diversity and inclusion. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected Dr. Gregory Townsend due to his ongoing engagement within his community as well as his advocacy in the School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend encourages a broad sense of inclusion and also embraces the breadth of diversity within the education realm. Dr. Townsend has been a role model of inclusivity and has advanced the vital mission of creating a more diverse environment at the School of Medicine. Dr. Townsend has been outspoken in increasing all forms of diversity that includes disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, race/ethnicity, nationality, and other social dimensions that are important for the School and academic medicine. Dr. Townsend exemplifies the qualities of a great community leader as he promotes a vibrant energy for change in all areas of both his personal and professional life… Read More

For the 4th year in a row UVA School of Medicine Receives the Insight Into Diversity 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award

The University of Virginia received the 2016 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — The University of Virginia’s School of Medicine will be featured, along with 30 other recipients, in the December 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine… Read More

Researchers with ProjectImplicit Interviewed on NPR

Researchers from ProjectImplicit, a project with contributors from the University of Virginia, spoke recently on NPR about implicit bias, which has become a key part of the national dialogue on race in America. Listen Here

The University of Virginia Renames Jordan Hall as Pinn Hall

The Board of Visitors approved the proposed renaming of Jordan Hall to Pinn Hall in its meeting Thursday, removing the building’s previous connection to a eugenicist. The building — which serves as a medical research facility — has been renamed for Vivian Pinn, who graduated from the School of Medicine in 1967…. Pinn was the only female and only African-American member of her 1967 class and has since received numerous honors for her accomplishments as a physician. Read More

University of Virginia Study Links Disparities in Pain Management to Racial Bias

Research has documented that black Americans are systematically undertreated for pain relative to white Americans, likely due to both the over-prescription and over-use of pain medications among white patients and the under-prescription of pain medications for black patients…. Read More