Unique Opportunities

Opportunities at Brown!

The Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program is committed to providing the resources and mentorship to those who are interested in research, community service, quality improvement projects and advocacy. Our residents present at regional and national conferences, publish major articles and create sustainable community service organizations aimed at helping the local underserved communities. Residents have also been recipients of the competitive American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grant with many of the projects resulting in positive changes in the lives of our patients and many other awards that recognize their involvement in advancing the field of medicine

During their training, many of our residents engage in community service projects that broaden their experiences and interactions with the local community. Many of our residents apply for and receive AAP CATCH grants that have made a significant impact on the community. One example is TEACH, or Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health, is a partnership organization empowering and equipping teens with public health knowledge to be advocates in their own community.

Community Service and Advocacy

BRIGHT Pathway for Global Health

The Brown Residency International and Global Health Training (BRIGHT) pathway is the global health track for those interested in furthering their interest in global health. During their second year of training, residents in the categorical pediatrics, Med-Peds or Triple Board programs can apply for this track. Residents who complete this training will receive a certificate in global health at the end of their training. This track includes online modules, quarterly meetings, journal clubs and a capstone project on a global health topic. For pediatrics and Med-Peds, the advisors include Mike Koster, MD (pediatric hospitalist/infectious disease) and Natasha Rybak, MD (Combined adult and pediatric infectious disease). Dr. Rybak is also one of the original resident founders of this group when she was a resident. For those who are interested, an application will be sent out during the second semester of the academic year. For more information, please refer to the BRIGHT pathway website


Away Rotations

Brown residents will receive call free electives during their training which can be used towards rotations in another country. Residents in the past have gone all over the world including Cambodia, Haiti, South Africa, Spain and Kenya. Depending on particular interests, each of these locations will provide a different experience for the learner. Mike Koster, MD, one of the pediatric hospitalists, has done a lot of work in Haiti and can help work with residents who are interested in doing a rotation there. Residents who go abroad will then share their experiences in a morning report. While away from campus, the hospital will continue to pay for their salary.

Global Health at Brown

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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