Scholarly Activities & training pathways

scholarly activities

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 have been extremely supportive when it comes to resident community service activities, research projects and participation in 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 case reports, research papers, OpEds and abstracts. Many have received the American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grant a competitive grant geared towards sustainable community advocacy work. Residents have been recognized with awards locally and nationally for their commitment to service, quality patient care and research. The university and the hospital have been instrumental at 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!

Many Med/Peds residents and faculty volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a collaboration between Rhode Island Hospital, Brown Medical School, and a community health foundation to ensure access to medical care for uninsured or indigent individuals. Dr. Sybil Cineas serves as a member of their medical advisory board and residents have also selected this as a second-site continuity opportunity

Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health is a community service organization started in 2014 by Med-Peds alumni Margret Chang (’14) and Eric Chow (’17). The program was established with a AAP CATCH grant received in 2013. This program was designed to reach out to underserved high school students and to engage them in a series of health related lectures to further engage the in health related conversations and introduce 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 the 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

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 Dr. Elizabeth Toll, the Refugee Clinic provides intake services for newly relocated refugees and allows for their integration into the resident clinic for on-going primary care. The clinic is also staffed by residents and medical students and works closely with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and its staff and interpreters to provide comprehensive care to this diverse population. is a non-profit that works to provide core curriculum for schools that carries messages of healthy eating and living.  Young Doctors represents one component of the curriculum and is an outgrowth of Dr. Anderson’s residency advocacy work.  She serves as the Co-executive director and is engaging current residents to contribute to curriculum and outreach.

F.I.T. Club is committed to creating a collaborative curriculum embedding concepts of food, fitness and farming into the classroom. Our 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!

As part of the “Kids into Health Careers” National Initiative, the Med-Peds program has organized and hosted an after school club for 8th grade students at the Roger Williams Middle School, a local public middle school about a mile from the hospital campus. Twice per month, Med-Peds residents and faculty host the student members of the club for a one hour workshop highlighting some aspect of medicine (cardiology, hematology, infectious diseases, etc.) or related healthcare fields (nursing, laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, etc.). Activities such as staining and 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 has been featured in the Providence Journal, Channel 10 News and the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.




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. Med-Peds PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are eligible to apply. For more information, please refer to the BRIGHT pathway website.


Brown residents will receive call free electives during their training which can be used towards rotations in another country. Med-Peds residents in the past have gone all over the world including Cambodia, Haiti, Honduras 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.


Through the internal medicine department, Med-Peds residents interested in medical education and academics can participate in the clinical educator track. This is a grassroots effort started by residents and faculty members that allows interested trainees to develop their teaching skills and portfolios. Candidates who are interested will have to apply in the spring of their internship or second year of residency. Once accepted into the track, residents are assigned a mentor and will start creating a teaching portfolio which will include a capstone scholarly project in medical education. There will be sessions to provide observed teaching sessions in a variety of venues and an opportunity to teach learners at the medical school. For more information see the website.


The women’s health track based in the department of internal medicine helps prepare residents who want to be future leaders in clinical and academic women’s health. As residents within the track, they will be provided a faculty mentor with resources to create a research project. Furthermore, residents will have specialized outpatient experiences in a women’s health clinical site starting their PGY-1 year for half day sessions. During the 3rd year of the program, residents in the women’s health track will lead didactic sessions on a topic in women’s health of their choice. Residents who are interested in this track are encouraged to apply soon after matching into the Med-peds program. For more informaiton see the website.

BRIAR (Research track)

Brown residents interested in advancing research

The Brown Internal Medicine Resident Research Track welcomed its first class of residents in July 2019, aimed at providing an opportunity to develop a deeper skillset in areas of research and scholarship. The four “pillar” experiences of the Resident Research 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. Graduates will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of their residency.