Congratulations to Associate Professor Jason Stephenson, MD for being named Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. In his new role, Dr. Stephenson will work to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the school’s five health professions degree programs and ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs. His new position starts August 1st. 2021.
Dr. Stephenson joined the Department of Radiology in 2012 as an assistant professor and Director of the Radiology Medical Student Clerkship. Since joining UW, he has been a dedicated teacher, clinician, and ment
or. He has authored articles and curricula for students in various health professions, and since the pandemic has helped to create better distance learning experiences for medical students. Dr. Stephenson has received many awards for his work. In 2018 he was awarded a Dean’s Teaching Award, and in 2020 he was inducted into the Gold Humanism in Medicine Society and selected to receive the Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
In addition, Dr. Stephenson is highly involved in numerous organizations within SMPH. Dr. Stephenson is a member of the Centennial Scholars and Centennial Clinicians Program Steering Committee and of the Partnership Education and Research Committee (PERC). He is a mentor for the Building Equitable Access to Mentorship (BEAM) program and is the Integrated Block Leader for the ForWard curriculum course, Mind & Motion. He also chairs the Curriculum and Assessment Subcommittee and is a member of the Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Department of Radiology.
Department of Radiology colleagues recognize Dr. Stephenson’s hard work and dedication and believe he is a great fit for this role. “I have learned so much from Jason about how to be a better educator and make meaningful connections with students. Jason has been a model of professionalism for our medical students, residents, and faculty in the Department of Radiology since he joined our practice. He always approaches discussions and challenging decisions with thoughtful consideration. I am excited to see what is on the horizon for Jason in this new role at the SMPH,” says Associate Professor Tabby Kennedy, MD.
Dr. Stephenson is honored to have this chance to serve the UW community. “I am most excited about the opportunity to provide additional ways to support students in their pursuit to become highly skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate care providers. The national events of the preceding year have compelled me to seek more active ways to affect positive change in our community and beyond. My goal is to promote growth and stimulate thoughtful discourse on topics of equity, inclusion, and cultures as they relate to our learning environments and in general to our shared institutional values of service, scholarship, science, and social responsibility,” says Dr. Stephenson.
Best wishes to Dr. Stephenson in his new role!