Scholarly Activity, community service, and training pathways

SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

The Brown Med-Peds program provides an environment rich with resources and mentorship that help residents accomplish their career goals. Whatever specialty you pursue, wherever your career will take you, the faculty at Brown are extremely supportive of resident scholarly activities, research projects, and participation in state, regional, and national organizations. Since the start of our program, our faculty and residents have been committed to not just learning within the hospital but outside of the hospital as well. Our residents and faculty have published numerous articles and abstracts. Multiple residents have been recognized with awards locally and nationally for their commitment to service, quality patient care, and research. Brown University and Lifespan have been instrumental in providing the necessary resources and opportunities that allow each individual to grow into who they want to be. We invite you to view our updated list of scholarly activities!

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Our program strongly supports advocacy, volunteering, and community service. Our residents and faculty participate in numerous advocacy endeavors, including antiracism efforts, resettled refugee health, transitional care for chronic disease including cystic fibrosis, LGBTQ+ health, cancer survivorship, incarceration health, treatment of opioid use disorder, physician health, and more. Many residents have received the American Academy of Pediatrics’ CATCH grant, a competitive grant geared towards sustainable community advocacy work.  

The Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic (BHRAC) is a medical student-run human rights clinic dedicated to providing forensic medical evaluations to survivors of persecution who seek asylum in the US. The written medical testimony that physician evaluators submit to courts on behalf of asylum seekers is frequently the determining factor when judges grant asylum or other relief from deportation for survivors of torture, domestic abuse, trafficking, and other forms of persecution who present with physical and psychological sequelae of abuse. Through a partnership with Physicians for Human Rights, BHRAC is committed to helping victims of torture and abuse gain the support they need to receive refuge in the US. Betsy Toll, MP Core Faculty, serves as the faculty director for BHRAC. Multiple residents and faculty serve as BHRAC physician evaluators, including Justin Berk, MP Core Faculty; Matt Lorenz, MP Core Faculty, and Margret Chang, MP Class of 2014. 

The Correctional Health Elective, founded by Ann Ding, PGY3, gives residents the opportunity to gain experience in caring for prisoners and former prisoners. The goal of the elective is to inform residents’ future careers in working with the prison population. Many residents might otherwise never have the opportunity to work with this especially marginalized population. Even if residents choose not to work in correctional healthcare as a career, working in correctional spaces will guide residents in caring for these patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Med-Peds residents have the option of individualizing their schedule based on their interests and career goals, and have the option of working in prison intake clinics, minimum / medium / maximum security prisons, the women’s prison clinic, and the Rhode Island Training School (juvenile detention center). Residents also have the option of working in the Transitions Clinic, a weekly clinic dedicated to providing primary care for recently released prisoners, which is run by Internal Medicine attending physicians Drs. Vanjani and Trimbur.


Teachfitclub.org is a non-profit organization that works to integrate a core curriculum on healthy eating and living in schools. Young Doctors Club represents one component of the curriculum and is an extension of Kristin Anderson’s, MP Core Faculty, advocacy work. Dr. Anderson serves as the co-executive director of F.I.T. Club and engages residents to contribute on curriculum and outreach.

F.I.T. Club is committed to creating collaborative curricula embedding concepts of food, fitness and farming into the classroom. Its focus on literacy to teach concepts of nutrition and physical health connects students with high quality fiction and nonfiction books. Lesson plans utilize Common Core Standards and can be taught during or after school. F.I.T. Club is applicable to any school setting and to anyone who eats!

A refugee medicine clinic is run within the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center two times per month. Building on the successful model of the Hasbro Pediatric Refugee Program and supervised by Elizabeth Toll, MP Core Faculty, the refugee clinic provides intake services for newly resettled refugees and facilitates their integration into the resident clinic for ongoing primary care. The clinic is also staffed by residents and medical students and works closely with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to provide comprehensive care to this diverse population.

Many Med-Peds residents and faculty volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a collaboration between Rhode Island Hospital, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a community health foundation to ensure access to medical care for uninsured or indigent individuals. Sybil Cineas, MP Core Faculty, serves as a member of the Rhode Island Free Clinic medical advisory board. 


Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health (TEACH) is a community service organization started in 2014 by Med-Peds alumni Margret Chang (Class of 2014) and Eric Chow (Class of 2017). The program was established with an American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grant. This program was designed to reach out to underserved high school students and to engage them in a series of health-related lectures and health-related conversations, introducing them to various aspects of what it would be like to have a healthcare-related career. The goal of the organization is to provide students the resources to be able to go back to their families and communities and increase awareness of health-related resources. The program is run by residents, medical students and public health students and is a collaboration between Brown University and Woonsocket High School.


As part of the “Kids into Health Careers” National Initiative, the Med-Peds program organizes and hosts an after-school club for 8th grade students at Roger Williams Middle School, a local public school about a mile from the hospital campus. Med-Peds residents and faculty host the student members of the club for one-hour workshops highlighting an aspect of medicine (e.g. cardiology) or related healthcare fields (e.g. nursing, laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, etc.) Activities such as viewing their teachers’ peripheral blood smears, watching an obstetric ultrasound, or discussing the importance of good study habits in school have made this program extremely popular with residents and middle schoolers alike. Young Doctors Club has been featured in the Providence Journal, Channel 10 News and the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.

TRAINING PATHWAYS

GLOBAL HEALTH

- BRIGHT

The Brown Residency International and Global Health Training (BRIGHT) pathway is the designated track for those interested in furthering their interest in global health. Med-Peds residents are eligible to apply during their second year of training. This track includes online modules, quarterly meetings, journal clubs and a capstone project on a global health topic. Core program advisors include Mike Koster MD (pediatric infectious disease) and Natasha Rybak MD (combined adult and pediatric infectious disease); Dr Rybak founded BRIGHT as a Med-Peds resident. 

- INTERNATIONAL ROTATIONS

Brown residents will receive call-free electives during their training that can be used towards rotations in another country. In the past, Med-Peds residents have gone all over the world including four sites where Brown has established programs for rotations: Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Kenya. Depending on particular interests, each of these locations will provide a different experience for the learner. Residents who go abroad will then share their experiences in a morning report. While away from campus, the hospital will continue to pay their salary.

CLINICIAN EDUCATOR

Through the Department of Medicine, Med-Peds residents interested in medical education and academics can participate in the Clinician Educator Track. This program is a grassroots effort started by residents and faculty members that allows interested trainees to develop their didactic skills and teaching portfolios. Med-Peds residents are eligible to apply in their second year of residency. Once accepted into the track, residents are assigned a faculty mentor and will start developing a teaching portfolio that will include a capstone scholarly project in medical education. Participants complete observed teaching sessions in a variety of venues. 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Brown’s Women’s Health Track, based in the Department of Medicine, helps prepare residents who want to be future leaders in clinical and academic women’s health. As residents within the track, they are matched with a faculty mentor and provided resources to create a research project. Med-Peds residents are eligible to apply in their first year of residency. Participating residents have specialized outpatient experiences in a women’s health clinical site starting early in residency. During the third year of the program, participating residents lead didactic sessions on a women’s health topic of their choice. 

Research

The Brown Residents Interested in Advancing Research (BRIAR) track welcomed its first class of residents in 2019, aimed at providing an opportunity to develop a deeper skillset in areas of research and scholarship. The four “pillar” experiences of the track include mentored scholarship in research, curriculum in research methodology, scholarly project development and execution, and research dissemination through publication and conference presentation. The experience includes protected research time and core didactics. This program also benefits from contributions by the Lifespan Biostatistics Core Team.