The mission of the UW MSTP is to empower our students with clinical and scientific tools to serve their local, national, and international communities.
There are no more powerful forces for good than medical and scientific skills and judgment. But for medicine to be a force for good, there must be equity in access to it. For science to be a force for good, it must be deployed to support people, not to denigrate them. The history of medicine and science in America are full of examples of both extremes. We want to empower our students to use this history to shape the future.
We applaud and support the imaginative work of our students to improve equity in medical care. We applaud and support the creativity of our students to undertake research projects that address fundamental issues of health of all people, including asking supposedly unanswerable questions.
Respect for our students and our communities is critical to our mission. In this context, we support the June 4, 2020, UW Medicine Pledge Against Racism and the statement of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Law Enforcement Violence as a Public Health Issue, on which the UW statement is based. The APHA statement is very detailed, with proposals for concrete action. It has gained national recognition as a blueprint for action by clinicians and scientists.
If you share our goals, we invite you to consider our MSTP.