University of Washington Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (UW-NURF)


UW-NURF is a resident and fellow run organization founded in the Fall of 2010. The organization is a diverse body of residents, fellows and faculty representing all specialties. UW-NURF is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Me​dical Education and the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI). Our aim is to promote cultural diversity in medicine through community involvement, mentorship, professional networking, and recruitment of Underrepresented Minorities (URM*) in Medicine. 


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 University of Washington Medicine Affiliated Programs is our primary goal. Thus, graduate medical education outreach and recruitment to minorities in medicine constitutes a major tenet of UW-NURF.  Although our recruitment focuses on the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and 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 a designated NURF Diversity Liaison who is a resident or fellow who assists in recruitment of talented underrepresented medical students/residents/fellows in medicine.  We provide academic support and advocate for diversity elective rotations during medical school to foster an interest in pursuing UW as a choice institution of training.

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


University of Washington Medicine provides one of the most unique training experiences in the U.S. We boast a medical community that values mentorship, apprenticeship, and communal growth mainly in part to our dedicated peers, attendings, faculty, and faculty advisers. Thus, we believe that guidance during our most pivotal years of training is integral to success not only in our respective programs, but also to our community as a whole. NURF allows for residents and fellows to establish invaluable partnerships between colleagues, upper levels and faculty, fostering an atmosphere of interdisciplinary insight and growth. Post GME enrichment seminars and advisers are available to offer advice and guidance towards individual career road maps and goals. Mentorship within NURF has contributed to research partnerships, networking opportunities, quality improvement projects and growth for the minority community here at UW.

  • 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

Community Outreach/Service

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 health care 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-NURF boasts a multidisciplinary and multicultural community representing physicians from all medical specialties. UW Medicine is manifest 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 health care 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

Cultural Competency  

With the diverse patient population in our region, we believe that delivering culturally competent health care services to our patients help improve health outcomes, quality of care, and contribute to close the gap of racial and ethnic health disparities. UW-NURF host diversity lecture series during academic year to help strengthening the clinician role in delivering culturally competent care, as well as Town Hall Meetings where we discuss, in a welcoming environment for respectful discussion, challenging cultural topics in the healthcare workplace.

  • Diversity Lecture Series
  • Town Hall Meetings
  • GME lectures

Upcoming Events: 2018-2019

Month Event Date
DecemberDoctor-for-a-Day --- Harborview Medical Center, WISHDecember 8, 2018
JanuaryUW NURF Lecture SeriesTBD
MarchLMSA West Regional Conference --- Stanford University, Palo Alto CAMarch 8-9, 2019
AprilSNMA Annual Medical Education Conference --- Philadelphia, PAApril 17-21, 2019
MayHQSC-NURF Joint MeetingTBD
JuneEnd of Year Celebration​End of Year Celebration