OB/GYN Residency Program

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce recognizing the value that diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring to our program, our hospital, and our patients.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our program and department at Brown values diversity in all of its forms. We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce recognizing the value that diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring to our program, our hospital and our patients. We strive to attract residents with shared values and place great importance on supporting and helping our residents thrive personally and professionally. We achieve this goal with a Zero-Tolerance policy for racism and discrimination, and active engagement in educational efforts to address implicit bias, structural racism, and health disparities. In close collaboration with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (AMS) and the broader Brown community, we have programs in place for mentorship, advocacy and support for trainees and faculty from groups underrepresented in medicine (UiM). We also recognize the importance of promoting advocacy efforts and community service in the communities we serve in Rhode Island. We acknowledge the critical need to address structural racism and health disparities, recognizing that this must happen on individual and systems levels in an ongoing manner to impact continual, crucial change. We are steadfast in our mission to foster and promote an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment for all.

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The Brown Minority Housestaff Association(BMHA) 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, outreach efforts and community-building opportunities for housestaff across all specialties. BMHA also works closely with the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs(ODMA) at AMS to facilitate partnerships across the various healthcare systems in Rhode Island. Furthermore, current residents serve as mentors to rising medical students as they navigate choosing a specialty and applying to residency.

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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 affect our community.

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Every year, students underrepresented in medicine (UiM) are selected to participate in the annual Brown Minority Housestaff Association Second Look Dinner in February after the interview season is over. Students are invited to participate in a dinner provided by the BMHA and the Brown University ODMA with students across specialties, and spend the day with our residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is a great time to network and meet with other medical students, residents and faculty at Brown.

MEDSTEP is a program to create community and structured mentorship within Alpert Medical School (AMS) for individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine. It pairs medical students, residents, fellows, and attendings to establish a robust system of mentorship.  Participating medical students and trainees benefit  from  group and peer mentorship  and are able to leverage the resources of the entire AMS UIM community. The program seeks to prepare mentors and mentees to address challenging professional situations and create a safe space for discussion, education and professional growth.

Brown University is proud to sponsor the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship. Every year, qualified underrepresented (URM) students are selected from a competitive applicant pool to receive this scholarship to help pay for costs associated with doing away rotations at Brown. Med students who are interested in applying for Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Brown are encouraged to apply. Those students will be paired up with resident and faculty members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) for mentorship. We strongly encourage students interested in this scholarship to apply for away rotations early. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to [email protected].


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