Spencer to become UW Health ADIO

Please help us congratulate Ryan Spencer, MD, MS, associate professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, on a very exciting career development! Spencer has accepted an offer to become the UW Health Associate Designated Institutional Official (ADIO), Graduate Medical Education (GME). Dr. Spencer will take on this new .25FTE role on July 1, 2024.

As ADIO, Spencer will help provide oversight and administration of each of UW Health’s ACGME-accredited programs, ensuring compliance with the ACGME institutional, common, and specialty- and subspecialty-specific program requirements. Among other responsibilities, Spencer will serve on the UW Health Graduate Medical Education Committee, share best practices across the UW Health GME community, provide oversight and monitoring of individual program Annual Program Evaluations and Accreditation Data System updates, and much more. He will be an integral part of ensuring that GME programs support the UW Health mission of delivering Remarkable Healthcare that is high-quality, efficient, and satisfying for patients, providers, and staff.

The ADIO role required previous GME leadership, with which Spencer has ample experience. Spencer served as director of the Department of Ob-Gyn Residency Program from 2019-2023. During his time as Residency Program Director, Spencer led the residency through uniquely challenging times, including the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the Dobbs decision. He has also been the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director since 2022.

In addition to the GME leadership roles Spencer has held in our department, he has also been a regional and national leader in rural ob-gyn training: he has been the director of the UW Ob-Gyn Rural Residency Track since 2018 and became the Central Hub Lead for HRSA’s Rural Residency Program Technical Assistance Center, which guides new rural residency training programs through development and sustainability, since 2021.

Thankfully, we will not lose Spencer’s exceptional educational leadership: he will continue to serve as the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director and the Director of the Rural Residency Track for the foreseeable future.

Spencer’s long-demonstrated dedication to improving the GME programs and experience in our department make him uniquely well-suited to this institutional leadership role. Congratulations, Dr. Spencer!