Initiatives and Projects
About MED Talks
Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a new speaker series started in 2015 to create a dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. People representing minority patient populations will be invited as speakers on a panel sharing their cultural values and views and how this may sometimes make it difficult to make medical decisions. A medical professional moderator will help facilitate discussion and provide background on the group. Audience members are encouraged to ask difficult to ask ethical questions to better understand the best way to provide care in a culturally competent manner. We are grateful to Brown University and the Department of Internal Medicine for their generous support of our new project.
October 28, 2015
“The Patient’s Perspective: Caring for Transgender and Questioning Young Adults”
Jason Rafferty, MD, Triple Board Senior Resident
January 20, 2016
“The Refugee Patient”
Betsy Toll, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
April 20, 2016
July 29, 2015
“The Jehovah’s Witnesses Patient: Challenges and Options.”
Kevin Wright, Program Manager of Transfusion-Free Medicine Surgery
About Grand Rounds
Every year, BMHA co-sponsors Grand Rounds speakers in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. Typically invited speakers are underrepresented minorities in medicine who have made significant contributions to the field or who have contributed a significant amount of their work to advancing medical diversity. We are always open to suggestions for invited speakers and invite all departments to participate in our endeavors to promote diversity education at Brown University. Please contact BMHA for any questions.
Throughout the academic year, BMHA and Brown University hosts several social events geared towards a strong community among residents and medical students. Starting in the summer, we host our welcome dinner for the new housestaff followed by the annual BMHA housestaff, medical student and faculty mixer. At the end of the interview season, BMHA sponsors a second look program and invites any Brown University applicants to return for another look at the Brown University residency programs. Generally we provide dinner accommodations and connect applicants with their respective programs to take another look to help them decide their rank list.
Rhode Island Free Clinic
Many 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 alumna Margret Chang ('14) and current Med-Peds resident Eric Chow. 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.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital Primary Care Clinic and the Med-Peds Primary Care Center hosts a refugee health program scheduled each month to provide evaluation and screening for Rhode Island’s refugee children and adults. We provide their initial comprehensive evaluation and treatment within 1 month of their arrival in the United States. We welcome families from all over the world, most recently from Burundi, Iraq, Iran, Eritrea, Congo, Liberia, Bhutan, Nepal, and Burma/Myanmar. In addition, we are committed to the ongoing primary care of these families. We strive to create a medical home for them that is culturally appropriate, patient-centered, collaborative and continuous.
Our families speak over 20 languages such as Kirundi, Krahn, Kunama, Karen, Chin, Tigrinya, Swahili, Arabic, Nepali and others. We partner with the interpreters who provide not only linguistic interpretation, but function as Community Health Workers who educate families as well as the providers.ﾠ Our other community partners include the International Institute of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Department of Health, St Joseph’s Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Brown University Department of Psychology. These collaborations allow us to provide more comprehensive services to our refugee patients.
Carol Lewis is the Director of the Refugee Health Program and Elizabeth Toll leads the Med-Peds Refugee Program. Residents are invited to participate in the refugee clinic with the initial comprehensive evaluations for newly arrived refugee children and their families, subsequent follow up and ongoing primary care in their own continuity clinic. In this way the resident is allowed the opportunity to provide care during the entire resettlement process and provide a medical home to address their unique needs.
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 disease, 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. Lynae Conyers, MD has taken on new responsibilities for the program along with Alexis Devine, Youth Development Coordinator (Lifespan Office of Community Outreach). Young Doctors has been featured in the Providence Journal, Channel 10 News and the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.
The Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway, or BRIGHT, began as an interest group in global health founded by a combined Adult/Pediatric ID fellow and a group of interested residents. Out of a desire to enhance exposure to a breadth of topics in global health, to develop a learning community among residents, and to foster mentoring relationships between residents and faculty active in global health, a 2-year residency pathway was developed and approved in the fall of 2009. The goal of the BRIGHT pathway is to allow scholars to deepen their understanding of global healthcare, as it pertains to patients both within Rhode Island and abroad with a particular emphasis on historically resource-poor nations and ethnic groups, obtain experience in the practice of medicine in these settings and pursue scholarly projects in preparation for long-term involvement in global health following post-graduate training. The BRIGHT pathway is multidisciplinary and residents from pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, triple board, internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology are welcome to apply. Applications are due mid intern year. For more details Click Here.
Cambodian Community Outreach
Emergency Medicine resident, Tony Zhang, has spearheaded outreach into the Cambodian community here in Providence. After speaking with multiple Cambodian community leaders and Cambodian healthcare providers, he has seen many cultural barriers that have prevented access to good care. He has worked with their local fund raising events and has been invited to speak about chronic disease including hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Further community projects are in the pipeline and will provide much needed support of this population in Rhode Island.
Transgender and Adolescent Clinic
Under the guidance of Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics within their adolescent division, Rhode Island Hospital has one of the largest transgender and adolescent clinics in the state. Housed within the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center as well as the Hasbro specialty clinics, Dr. Forcier trains residents not only to provide hormone therapy to this population of patients but to also challenge the stereotypes and implicit biases within medicine that prevent good care. Residents from internal medicine, Med-Peds and pediatrics have an opportunity to work in her clinics.
Rhode Island Free Clinic
Cambodian Community Outreach
Brown Minority Housestaff Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brown Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Chair: Nkiruka Emeagwali, MD, PhD
Vice-Chair: Eric Chow, MD, MS, MPH
Community Service Chair: Daniella Palermo, MD
Secretary: Angela Martinez, MD
Treasurer: Taneisha Wilson, MD
Med-Peds: Sybil Cineas, MD
Internal Medicine: Dom Tammaro, MD
Pediatrics: Phyllis Dennery, MD
James Arrighi, MD
Director of Lifespan GME, 401-444-8704
Director, Graduate and Continuing Medical Education Administration, 401-444-8450