Living in Rhode Island
Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital are located in Providence, the capital of the state of Rhode Island. Although the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline and is often referred to as the Ocean State. Rhode Island is situated in the heart of New England allowing easy access to neighboring states. As such, people come from all over to visit the state. Providence is a “minority majority” city because of its diverse population. The state also serves as an active refugee resettlement site bringing in people from all over the world. As a result, the state celebrates a rich cultural history with festivals and a variety of restaurants to choose from. Combined with all the outdoor activities you could imagine, Rhode Island is a fun place to be!
Art life permeates every aspect of the community. The state has one of the country’s premier art programs, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Of note, the RISD art museum is one of the most revered art collections in New England and people come from all over the world to visit. The country’s greatest chefs train here as well at the culinary institute of Johnston and Wales University. Persimmon Restaurant, a local favorite, is a James Beard nominated restaurant. Oberlin was selected by Bon Appetit Magazine as the country’s 7th best restaurant. Because of the rich cultural diversity, you can try food from all over the world from Vietnam to Korea to Haiti to Italy. On weekends, you can take a trip down to Newport to marvel at the beautiful architecture of the mansions or visit Thames Glass for your chance at glassblowing. Every year, travelling Broadway comes through Providence performing at the Providence Performing Arts Theater featuring such musical favorites as Wicked, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and the Book of Mormon. So on your time off, you will have plenty of activities to engage in!
I live on the East Side (Wayland Square area) and love it! It has elements of quiet, suburban family-life but is also walking distance from a fun area with shopping, restaurants, and bars. It's close to downtown and the hospital (door to door is about 12-15 minutes before 7 AM). It's kind of close to Brown but definitely not too close. There's an awesome summer farmer's market that's just a walk away, and the walk is down Blackstone Boulevard which is a nice little walkway that people come from all over the city to use. I'd recommend the area to anyone moving to Providence!
Nestled around the Brown campus, the east side is a lovely part of Providence filled with mainly young professionals and young families. Being an open campus, there is bustling in-and-out flow between Brown and the community. Thayer street is full of restaurants, coffee shops, and some late-night options. North of the campus is Hope Village, which is centered off two streets - Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd. Hope Street has multiple trinket shops, coffee, restaurants, and salons. Blackstone Blvd is a beautiful long running/biking path that ends at Lippitt Park. Lippitt Park is known for its summer Saturday morning farmer's market and family movie nights
My Providence Favorites:
Coffee: Dave's Coffee Shop on N. Main - Vanilla Bourbon Chai Latte; and Coffee Exchange's Guatemalan Blend
Dessert: Knead Donuts on Elmgrove - Brown Butter Donut; and Pastishe's Deserts on Spruce Street - Coconut Cake
Food: Los Andes (Peruvian Restaurant) on North Side - Ceviche, Empanada, Paella; Chengdu Taste - Diced Chili Chicken and Dan Dan Noodles; Hometown Poke Cafe - Spicy Shrimp Chili Bowl; and Birch - Preset Menu (expensive, but amazing fresh high-end dining)
Outside PVD: Newport - cliff walk, lobster rolls; Narrangagenst - Crazy Burger; Matunuck Oyster Bar - in South Kingston; RISD Beach in Barrington (near Blue Kangroo Cafe which has the best vanilla chai latte); and Snake Den Park in Johnston - great off leash trails that our pup loves
A neighborhood with a unique history, Federal Hill seems to be one of the most well known neighborhoods both in and out of Providence. Don't let the viral sensation podcast "Crimetown" deter you, this was all before 1990 and we have had a rebirth. Federal Hill has turned into one of the youngest/most up and coming neighborhoods in Providence. Every time I walk my dogs they seem to be redoing some building. I found my dream apartment here my intern year and didn't leave for 3 years! ...I even recruited some East-side converts. I was initially attracted to the pure cost benefit, you definitely get more for your money on this side. In addition, I have loved being able to walk to restaurants and breweries in the West Side and Federal Hill. I live a stone's throw away from Julians, which any Providence resident can tell you is prime eating real estate. I can walk for a $5 "slice" (it's 2 giant size New York style pieces) at my favorite pizza spot, Napolitanos, or I can grab fresh italian for lunch to go at Roma! It's not just about eating though, there is a huge dog park only 0.5 mile walk from my apartment, which is necessary for my two fur babies and has made living in the city easier for them. Plus, I can walk to DownCity and my commute to Hasbro involves NO highway and allows me to hit snooze a few more times each morning
My Providence Favorites:
When I have a free weekend, I love to go to brunch at Troop. One of Providence's newer restaurants, this place has a unique vibe. 90s/early 2000s decor, music, and TV shows playing constantly brings some nostalgia. The food is amazing though and brunch is my favorite meal to get there. It is huge, so you almost never wait for a table. Not to mention bottomless mimosas and an ever changing, awesome microbrewery selection. Free weekend or even post-call, I am partial to beach days in Rhode Island. I am an all season beach girl, bathing suit and relaxation time at Watch Hill in the warm weather. But in the off season, I take my fur babies for a walk on Napatree Point in Westerly, where dogs are allowed at all times between Labor and Memorial day. The scenery is unbeatable and I'm still waiting for my glimpse of Taylor Swift, who owns a house there! Any night off? Need a good bar? Wild Colonial is definitely a Brown Pediatrics favorite. This casual hang out is in a basement of a colonial house and has that ultimate New England feel. They also have a pool and darts, so fun place to grab a drink after work or a casual evening off.
I live in the Promenade Apartment right near DownCity since I moved to Providence from Boston and I LOVE it! Being near the downtown area allows me to walk or bike with ease to the shops, restaurants, and events that frequently happen in the city, such as Waterfire on Saturday’s in the summer, RI PRIDE, and PVD fest. It also makes it really easy for me to see and experience art, such as Broadway shows at the PPAC, movies at the Providence Place Mall, or special events at the RISD museum. Another great thing about living near downtown is that it is an easy walk to the Amtrak station, giving me easy access to the entire NorthEast corridor which is wonderful for me as many of my family and friends live in Boston and New York. A new, inventive, and innovative addition to the Downtown area is the Little Roady, an autonomous shuttle pilot project funded by the city. This is a great way to get around the city without needing a car! For when you do need a car, a great thing about Providence is that pretty much everything is an 8 minutes drive, no matter where you are in Providence. (For instance, I live exactly 8 minute car ride from the hospital!) I personally live in a building with amenities (there are many in the DownTown area including the Promenade, the 903, the Regency, the Avalon, and the Providence G). Having a gym, easy parking, and laundry in-building minimizes the daily hassles during residency so that you can make the most of the time you have off. Providence is a wonderful little city with tons going on, great restaurant, and an extremely unique and diverse culture. It is a perfect place for residency since it has the ease of small-city living with the big-city cultural events and so close to a ton of outdoor activities.
Given the beautiful landscapes and access to the beach, Rhode Islanders spend a lot of time outside. For those who are interested in sailing, you can take lessons on the weekend. Or you can head out to Newport and hop on a boat for a ride around the harbor. The East Bay Bike Path winds around the Narragansett Bay offering bikers a beautiful view of the state. Those interested in fishing can fish along the rivers in the state or take a boat out into the ocean. Travel further south and you will see people surfing along the beaches or scuba diving. Interested in kayaking? Grab a paddle and push off from Providence and make your way down the coast. Further north, you can participate in strawberry picking in early summer and apple picking in the fall.
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Patricia Poitevien, MD
Associate Program Directors
Jeffrey Riese, MD
Robin Kremsdorf, MD
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
Providence, RI 02903
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