Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Medical Imaging

UVA Radiology residents and faculty pose for a photo at the 2022 resident graduation event

At UVA Radiology, we are committed to creating a community where respect and tolerance prevail. We embrace diversity and inclusion as larger concepts that encompass and celebrate the differences in background, origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age and beliefs among our trainees, faculty and staff. We consider these qualities and differences, as well as our ongoing efforts to promote justice and fairness, to be essential to our work as healthcare providers, teachers, students and researchers.

Our Commitment to Diversity in Radiology and Education

In keeping with the fundamental role that diversity, equity and inclusion take at both UVA Health and the UVA School of Medicine, the UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging aims to be a leader in fostering an inclusive and equitable community that embraces diversity, compassion, respect and healing for all. Whether serving in a clinical, educational, administrative or research capacity, we believe that all members of our community are personally and professionally enriched by our community’s commitment to equity.

UVA Radiology fellow at a workstation

As a healthcare provider, our fundamental goal is to continually work to better reflect and represent the diverse population of the patients we serve. The curriculum in our radiology training programs fundamentally supports that clinical goal as we educate the radiologists and technologists of tomorrow.

UVA Radiology IR Symposium 2019 - medical students learn about IR techniquesWe recognize that prioritizing and improving diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in radiology education requires a multilevel approach. By focusing on the current model of academic progress, we have developed initiatives targeted to all levels of the educational pipeline. By incorporating these initiatives in our department’s educational programs, we aim to build capacity and create leaders with unique skills who can act as multipliers of our efforts among students, residents and faculty, as well as in our community.

UVA Radiology trainees and families relax at the start of the year gathering in July 2022We are fortunate to be a part of a truly diverse and inclusive community here at the University of Virginia, as well as UVA Health and the UVA School of Medicine. In addition, Charlottesville, Virginia is a multicultural community that has become a national example of strength, unity and justice in the face of adversity and intolerance towards our people. It is a place where we all feel safe and welcomed and are proud to call home.

 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives

Below is a compendium of UVA Radiology’s diversity, inclusion, equity and justice efforts. Initiatives and programs are categorized by the educational level that they engage and serve, whether medical students,  residents or faculty members. As we introduce new initiatives and strengthen and develop ongoing initiatives, we will update, document and share additional information on this page.

Medical Student Programs

Medical students are the future of all medical specialties. Radiology is underrepresented in the curriculum of medical schools across the country and the largest diversity gap in radiology is between medical school and application to residency. We view our work at this stage of the academic pipeline as one of the most important and impactful ways we can positively influence the radiology workforce. Our efforts are focused on opportunity, mentorship and engagement early in students’ medical careers.

Residency Programs

Our efforts at the level of graduate medical education focus on support, education, mentorship and leadership. Our radiology residency programs are the jewel of our department and we aim to not only educate outstanding radiologists, but also culturally competent leaders who can compassionately serve a diverse patient population.

Faculty Leadership and Enrichment Programs

Opportunity, mentorship and support to our faculty members allows us to create a sustainable practice around these initiatives. By promoting leadership skills amongst our faculty, we continue the efforts to maintain a diverse and equitable academic community and provide better care to our patients.