Department of Urology

February 17, 2021

Is There Space for Diversity in Urology?

In a highly collaborative review, female urologists at UW Medical Center and beyond analyze the current landscape of Leadership Positions and opportunities for diverse leadership in urology. Their analysis reviews the case for increasing diversity and equity in the field, utilizing medical and business literature to present actionable strategies for the advancement of diversity in urology.

Dr. Sarah Psutka, a Urologic Oncologist who serves as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Urology at the University of Washington Medical Center, shares the catalyst for this collaboration and why diversity in urology is so important,

“It is incredibly important to increase opportunities for leadership among women as well as other underrepresented groups. Facilitating diversity and equity in both representation within the ranks of leadership is critical. We know that diversity of thought and foundational principles that prioritize inclusivity strengthen organizations. Given the increasing representation of women within urology, it follows that women should be afforded equal opportunities to have their voices included at the level of leadership in the field.

In this collaborative review, we describe the current landscape of Leadership Positions held and opportunities for leadership for women in Urology. We review the case for increasing efforts towards diversity and equity for women in leadership positions in urology using evidence from both the Business literature and the medical literature. Finally, we present actionable strategies that may be undertaken to further the objective of increasing opportunities for the advancement of women in Urology, specifically with respect to leadership opportunities.

In the words of Claudia Brind-Woody, Vice President and Managing Director of intellectual property at IBM, “Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things.”

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