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welcome from our diversity officer

The Department of Pediatrics at Alpert Medical School is committed to building diverse and inclusive Residency and Fellowship Programs.  Our overarching goal is to increase the number of housestaff from diverse backgrounds.   As you research fellowship 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.  

The Brown Pediatric GI Fellowship 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 training programs.

Sabina D. Holland, M.D.
Diversity Officer for the Department of Pediatrics

BMHA Welcome Letter 2020

Pediatrics Diversity Inclusion Action Plan


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.


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 PGY4s.  Supported by a GME Wellness grant.

med talks

Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a speaker series started in 2015 to create a dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. People representing minority patient populations are invited as speakers on a panel sharing their cultural values and views and how this may sometimes make it difficult to make medical decisions. 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. This project is supported through grants from the Gold Foundation and funds from the Brown Minority Housestaff Association. Panel topics in the past have included members of the refugee, transgender, and Jehovah’s Witness communities.