welcome from our diversity officer

I am thrilled that you are considering the Brown University Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital 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 Department of Pediatrics at Alpert Medical School is committed to building a diverse and inclusive Residency Program.   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 Pediatric Residency Program is proud to partner with the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) and the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

  • BMHA is a resident and fellow run organization committed to promoting the advancement of underrepresented housestaff through mentorship, networking and advocacy.  They schedule curricula throughout the year to promote culturally competent care among the healthcare community at Brown University.   Additionally, the BMHA and the Gold Foundation sponsor the Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks.  Lastly, BMHA supports the GME to help recruit residents, fellows and faculty members from diverse backgrounds.
  •  The Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs’ mission is to help create and foster a diverse, inclusive and culturally competent learning and training environment for students, faculty and trainees within the Division of Biology and Medicine including The Warren Alpert Medical School, and Program in Biology.   They sponsor the Department of Pediatrics Diversity Visiting Student Elective and Second Look Dinner.

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.

Please visit http://www.brownminorityhousestaffassociation.com for more information


The Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance (BSGMA) was created to ensure LGBTQ+ representation within the residency programs and institution, to enhance mentoring opportunities with the medical school and to improve the LGBTQ+ educational content within residency training.  By increasing provider knowledge, we hope to better address the healthcare disparities that afflict our community.  Co-Directors:  Drs. Erin Baroni and Kenzie Daniels, MedPeds PGY3s.  Supported by a GME Wellness grant.

Committee on Anti-Racism and Health Equity

The Brown Pediatric Residency and Lifespan leadership recognize racism as a public health emergency that threatens our ability to achieve health equity. Our shared values – Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence – leave no room for racism or injustice. We must continue to have zero tolerance for any acts that are not in keeping with our values. In the words of Angela Davis, “it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.”

Lifespan formed an advisory committee, charged with advising executive leadership on anti-racism and health equity strategies to implement across our system. This standing committee is made up of about 30 members, with representation from across affiliates, job roles, and demographics. Our two current resident representatives are Alexis Thompson (Chief Resident) and Vanessa Ogueri (’21).

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.

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