Diversity at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Welcome from Department of Pediatrics Diversity Officer
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.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about Providence or our residency program.
Sabina D. Holland, M.D.
Diversity Officer for the Department of Pediatrics
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.
1. 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.
1. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Patricia Poitevien, MD
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, MD
Sabina Holland, MD
Hasbro Children's Hospital
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