diversity & inclusion

welcome from our diversity officer

I am thrilled that you are considering the Brown University MedPeds Program 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 Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at Alpert Medical School are committed to building diverse and inclusive Residency Programs.   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 MedPeds Residency Program is proud to partner with the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA), Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Association (BSGMA) 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.


Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance (BSGMA) is an organization devoted to education, advocacy, and support for sexual and gender minority trainees and faculty affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Membership is open to any and all trainees, faculty, and students regardless of identity or orientation.” Director: Erin Baroni Med-Peds PGY4 

Email: brownsgma@gmail.com Facebook: facebook.com/brownSGMA Instagram: brownsgma

basce fellowship

Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) is a Fellowship offered through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) at the medical school. BASCE Fellows are selected to participate in a yearlong program aimed at developing healthcare leaders who will be leaders in engaging peers in dialogue around issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice and health equity. The program, open to medical students, residents, fellows, attendings, and allied health professionals, encourages vertical and horizontal mentorship and learning in a non-hierarchical manner with current and past BASCE cohorts. Founded in 2017, BASCE encourages deepening of anti-racism work through foundational understandings of theories including Critical Race Theory, Public Health Critical Race Praxis, Camara Jones’ three levels of racism, DisCrit, and Critical Whiteness Studies. BASCE Fellows are trained to facilitate sessions and engage in critical anti-racism and anti-oppression work within their institution. Fellows are provided access to up to $500 to develop and carry out a leadership project. For more information please email odma@brown.edu.

med talks

Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a speaker series initiated in 2015 as a means of creating and facilitating dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. Representatives from minority populations are invited as panelists and asked to share their cultural values and reflect on how such perspectives influence their interface with the medical system and their healthcare providers. Audience members are encouraged to ask difficult ethical questions aimed at increasing provider understanding of the most  culturally competent and humble care. This project is supported by grants from the Gold Foundation and funds from the Brown Minority Housestaff Association. Past panels have explored bias and disparity amongst the following groups and communities: refugees, LGBTQ youth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, incarcerated patients, homeless patients, veterans, patients suffering from obesity, victims of sexual assault and trafficking, and those with histories of trauma.

second look for underrepresented students

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. [We anticipate a virtual second-look for AY2020-21]

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 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  [Institutional restrictions due to COVID-19 do not permit visiting electives this year, and are consistent with the national specialty guidance for the AY2020-21 Recruitment cycle and interview season .]