Diversity at Brown & Hasbro Children's Hospital


Sabina D. Holland, M.D.


Diversity Officer for the Department of Pediatrics



I am thrilled that you are considering the Brown University Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital for your residency training.  The program has a long history of fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for residents.   We understand that diversity gives all healthcare providers the opportunity to explore different cultures, which enriches the educational experience and, more importantly, provides a framework for each resident physician to better understand their patients and provide excellent patient care.

The Department of Pediatrics at Alpert Medical School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Residency Program.   We are excited to announce the expansion of our diversity initiative in the upcoming academic year.  Our overarching goal is to increase the number of residents from diverse backgrounds.   As you research residency programs, I invite you to learn about the culture of Providence and greater Rhode Island.  Rhode Island is much more than the home of outstanding universities and wonderful beaches.  The City of Providence is racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, and spiritually diverse.   Please check out our guidebook for more information.

The Brown Pediatric Residency Program is proud to partner with the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) and the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

  • BMHA is a resident and fellow run organization committed to promoting the advancement of underrepresented housestaff through mentorship, networking and advocacy.  They schedule curricula throughout the year to promote culturally competent care among the healthcare community at Brown University.   Additionally, the BMHA and the Gold Foundation sponsor the Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks.  Lastly, BMHA supports the GME to help recruit residents, fellows and faculty members from diverse backgrounds.
  •  The Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ mission is to help create and foster a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent learning and training environment for students, faculty and trainees within the Division of Biology and Medicine including The Warren Alpert Medical School, and Program in Biology.   They sponsor the Department of Pediatrics Diversity Visiting Student Elective and Second Look Dinner.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Providence or our residency program.

The Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital are committed to serving a community that includes a diverse cultural and socioeconomic mix. Our institutions are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the healthcare field by supporting our faculty and housestaff and training them to provide care for the specific needs of these community groups. The Brown Minority Housestaff Association and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs are devoted to providing a supportive space to all housestaff and learning opportunities to improve culturally competent patient care.



The Brown Minority Housestaff Association is a resident/fellow run organization that helps promote diversity and inclusion within the hospital and graduate medical education communities. Every year, the organization sponsors lectureships and community outreach opportunities that housestaff can participate in. BMHA also works closely with the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Furthermore, residents can serve as mentors to rising medical students as they navigate choosing a specialty and applying for the match.

The Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance was created to ensure LGBTQ+ representation within the residency programs and institution, to enhance mentoring opportunities with the medical school and to improve the LGBTQ+ educational content within residency training.  By increasing provider knowledge, we hope to better address the healthcare disparities that afflict our community.  Co-Directors:  Drs. Erin Baroni and Kenzie Daniels, MedPeds PGY3s.  Supported by a GME Wellness grant.


Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a speaker series started in 2015 to create a dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. People representing minority patient populations are invited as speakers on a panel sharing their cultural values and views and how this may sometimes make it difficult to make medical decisions. Audience members are encouraged to ask difficult to ask ethical questions to better understand the best way to provide care in a culturally competent manner. This project is supported through grants from the Gold Foundation and funds from the Brown Minority Housestaff Association. Panel topics in the past have included members of the refugee, transgender, and Jehovah’s Witness communities.

MED Talks

Every year, URM students are invited to participate in the annual Brown Minority Housestaff Association Second Look Dinner in February after interview season is over. Students will be notified of the date during their interview and will be invited to participate in a dinner provided by the BMHA and the Brown University ODMA. This is a great time to network and meet up with other medical students, residents and faculty at Brown. Applicants who are interested in visiting the hospital and shadowing on rounds should contact the program coordinators to arrange for your visit.

Second Look for Underrepresented Students

Visiting Medical Student Scholarship

Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital is proud to sponsor the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship. Every year, qualified underrepresented students (URM) are selected from a competitive applicant pool to receive this scholarship to help pay for costs associated with doing away rotations at Brown. Med students who are interested in applying for pediatric residency at Brown are encouraged to apply. Those students will be paired up with resident and faculty members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) for mentorship. Students can choose from a variety of visiting electives listed here . We strongly encourage students interested in this scholarship to apply for away rotations early. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to diversity-visiting-scholarship@brown.edu

Contact Us


Mailing Address

Clinic Address

Program Coordinators

Dennisse Reyes


(401) 444-6072

Deborah Pratas


(401) 444-8805

Program Director

Patricia Poitevien, MD

Associate Program Directors

Jeffrey Riese, MD

Robin Kremsdorf, MD

Diversity Officer

Sabina Holland, MD

Hasbro Children's Hospital

Brown University Pediatric Residency Program

593 Eddy Street

Providence, RI 02903

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Primary Care

593 Eddy Street

Lower Level

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-444-4471

Fax: 401-444-3870

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