Seattle: Consider volunteering for outreach to underrepresented students through Doctor For A Day (DFAD)

This is a message from Estell Williams, M.D., an emergency general surgeon here at UW and executive director of the Center for Workforce Inclusion and Healthcare System Equity (WIHSE) within the Office of Healthcare Equity (OHCE):

The vision of WIHSE is to lead our institution to decrease barriers to access careers in healthcare by developing innovative programming to improve diversity, equity and inclusion through multipronged ecosystem development, community outreach, advocacy and healthcare workforce diversification. We achieve this vision through innovative programming that supports students traditionally underrepresented in medicine through their educational journey starting from K-12 through pre-application to professional school.

One of our most established programs is the Doctor For A Day (DFAD) program. Doctor For a Day (DFAD) ecosystem program is a STEM program that was created to address the shortage of underrepresented students of color in health careers. It was initially started in 2014 by a then-UWSOM student, Joy Thurman-Nguyen, M.D., during her first year of medical school. Since its creation, it has grown to be a keystone in bridging the divide between the School of Medicine and the community bringing innovative curriculum and career exposure to marginalized communities in the greater Seattle Area.

The program runs once a month as a Saturday academy offering disease or organ system-based curriculum via hands-on experiential learning to K-12 students. It is run by medical student leads who bring together medical student, resident, fellow and faculty volunteers who lead the sessions. We are excited to have our annual call for applications to be in the next cohort of leads for this amazing program. Positions are as follows:

  • Medical Student Lead 1
    • Act as the main point of contact to clinical departments for organizing sessions
    • Work with Lead 2 to develop curriculum for each session
  • Medical Student Lead 2
    • Act as the main point of contact to clinical departments for organizing sessions
    • Work with Lead 1 to develop curriculum for each session
  • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Work with Lead 1 and Lead 2 to help define number of volunteers needed for each session
    • Be the point of contact for medical students, residents and fellows volunteering for each session
    • Maintain volunteer sign-up
    • Ensure all volunteer trainings and required forms are completed for all volunteers
  • Social Media Coordinator
    • Maintain DFAD social media accounts (Instagram, facebook, twitter and TikTok)
    • Post regular content relating to STEM and shares resources for programs our student followers may need
    • Post all information regarding registration for our DFAD events to social media platforms
  • Research Coordinator
    • Manage pre- and post-surveys for all DFAD sessions
    • Enter all survey data into an excel spreadsheet form for tracking of student participation and outcomes of participation


We invite you to consider applying for a position as a medical student lead within the Doctor For A Day (DFAD) Program. The application is now open and the deadline to apply is 11:59pm August 8, 2023. We will notify applicants of our decision on Monday, August 14th, 2023. At this time positions are only available for students at the Seattle site. We hope to open this program up to regional locations in the future. Please click here to apply. If you have any questions about the program or the roles please contact me at or Nora Coronado


*Of note, as leads you will meet with the team bi-weekly for planning of monthly sessions and may require additional meetings as needed for planning. You will work as a team to coordinate sessions but will be directly responsible for tasks highlighted under your specific title. All leads will also be expected to be present at the sessions which run on the 3rd Saturday of each month October – May from 9am-2pm (with 1 hour prior for setup and 30 minutes after for clean-up) except November where we will have a special session at the AAMC conference being held in Seattle, WA this year. Additional sessions may be added at the discretion of the DFAD leaders if there is capacity. All leads will work closely with WIHSE leadership Dr. Estell Williams, Nora Coronado and Lily Zavala to organize and execute the DFAD sessions.