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The first Leadership Education to Advance Diversity in Underrepresented Populations (LEAD UP) trainee cohort graduated in May 2024.

LEAD UP is a program — created in 2019 at the Medical College of Wisconsin under the leadership of Jeffrey Kirsch, MD, chief of Anesthesiology at Harborview Medical Center — for residents and fellows that provides self-development, mentorship and leadership enrichment. The first cohort of five UW Medicine trainees were selected from over 20 candidates. These trainees benefit from one-to-one coaching and engagement from national and local leaders.

“I am very excited to bring LEAD UP to the UW School of Medicine,” says Angele Theard, MD, director of LEAD UP and associate professor of Neuroanesthesiology. “And I am thankful for the support provided by Graduate Medical Education, the Office of Healthcare Equity, and the respective leadership of our UW School of Medicine departments for our trainees accepted to LEAD UP.”

Congratulations to the first LEAD UP graduating cohort:

Cameron Donald, MD, Anesthesiology, PGY4

Allen Ghareeb, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine, F1 (PGY5)

Desmond Green, MD, Pediatrics, PGY3

Emmeline Nix, MD, Pediatrics, PGY2

Monica Sosa, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, PGY3