Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity is a core value for the GW Department of Dermatology, and our mission is to recruit and train physicians representative of the patient population we serve, and the broader communities for whom our trainees will provide care. To that end, we purposefully seek out residents, staff, faculty, and student rotators that represent a broad mix of different backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. With Dr. Pooja Sodha serving as the Director, we are committed to creating a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, ability and disability, or citizenship. Furthermore, as part of this mission we are committed to addressing and rectifying disparities in medicine, including those that exist in the field of Dermatology, through a series of initiatives detailed below:

  • The Diversity and Inclusion Office Funded Visiting Clerkship for underrepresented minority (URM) applicants
  • The GW Dermatology Racial Equality Curriculum (Pilot Program)
  • Development/Creation of the Dermatology: A Diverse and Inclusive Color Atlas
  • Participation in GW Diversity Network and Anti-Racism Coalition
  • Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and the Tour for Diversity 4th year Mock Interview program
  • A lecture at each of the monthly DC Dermatology Resident Consortium (DRC) events is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, addressing disparities, implicit bias, and/or anti-racism.

Research Corner

Making a Mark

To participate in an educational series on diversity and inclusion, please visit the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Anti-Racism Coalition (ARC) website. For more general information, please visit the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion Website.