Bethany Howlett, MD – Zen Leadership
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Bethany Howlett, MD

HEAL Instructor

Bethany Howlett, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). Prior to her career in medicine, she worked in the field of humanitarian assistance and international health, overseeing programs in South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, West Bank, and Syria.

Her personal and professional values continue to prioritize health equity and social justice. She is involved in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Diversity and Inclusion Advocate program where she serves as an educator and resource for employees in the DFMCH. Her academic research seeks to identify and mitigate barriers to health services for persons experiencing homelessness.

She is engaged in interprofessional health education, frequently mentoring students, residents, and peers in clinical and community settings. Her clinical practice consists of full scope family medicine with maternity and newborn care. She is currently the director of the SMPH Community Health Engagement Project program, a required curriculum for all medical students during their primary care clinical rotation.

Dr. Howlett has received several teaching awards including the Maternal Child Teaching Service Clinical Teacher of the Year and Katcher-Schalch MEDiC Student Run Free Clinics Teaching Award. Dr. Howlett was a participant in the Therapeutic Stance workshop (2015) and the inaugural HEAL program in 2016. She is on the Board of Directors for Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin.