Diversity at Brown

Diversity in Rhode Island

Although a small state, Rhode Island is one of the most densely populated US states. Of the 1 million individuals who lived in the state in 2014, about 20% of the population was under 18 years and about 9% of the population was over 65 years old. It is also one of the most diverse states as well. Providence, the state’s capital, has been known as the “minority majority city” where greater than 50% of the population is non-white. Approximately 38% of the population was Hispanic or Latino, 16% of individuals were Black or African-American, 6% identified as Asian and 1.4% were American Indian or Alaskan native. Additionally, a large portion of the population that the Brown University GME programs serves is refugees. Providence has been designated a refugee resettlement site and as a result is home to a large number of Liberian, Cambodian, Haitian, Nepali and Iraqi people. Most of these patients enter through the Pediatric and Med-Peds clinic. Residents are encouraged to take part in their intake exams and to learn from their experiences during the refugee relocation process. As a result of our diverse populations, housestaff interact with patients from all backgrounds.

What is Diversity?


Brown is committed to the promotion of diversity throughout the university campus in an effort to provide holistic health care as well as acceptance and respect for individuals of varying backgrounds. The school and the hospital campus embrace a working environment that highlights a diverse medical and patient community that encompasses race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. By working together, we will provide comprehensive patient care and foster a working environment where individuals can learn from one another.


Brown residency programs also seek to recruit individuals from under-represented populations in medicine (URM). URM represents a specific group within the medical community that the Association of American Medical Colleges defines as “racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” Historically, this has included Blacks or African Americans, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino.

Resident Profiles

Faculty Profiles

Non-discriminatory Policy

“Lifespan has taken, and will continue to take, affirmative action to ensure that all employees and applicants for employment and transfer/promotion at all Lifespan affiliates, are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.”


List of Hotels


Lifespan Housestaff contract


Map of Rhode Island Hospital


Map of Women and Infants Hospital

Contact information

Med-Peds/Categorical Peds

Dennisse Reyes 401-444-6072


Internal Medicine:

Alex Mayer 401-444-5577


Emergency Medicine:

Laura Hebert 401-444-6489



Julie Mitchell 401-274-1122 Ext 41845


Family Medicine:

Fadya El Rayess, MD 401-729-2235


Prospective Housestaff Information

Organizations Promoting Diversity at Brown