Teaching Opportunities for Clinical Faculty


Doctoring is a required course for all first and second year medical students. The students spend one half-day a week in the office of a pediatrician, Ob/GYN internist or family doctor working alongside a physician-mentor who guides their every step. The students observe and practice crucial clinical skills, such as medical interviewing, history taking, physical diagnosis, and professional conduct that they first learned on campus in small group settings. For more information on becoming a physician-mentor and on the Doctoring course, please visit the Doctoring website.

Medicine in Action Program

The Medicine in Action Program (MIAP) is an early professional development opportunity for PLME undergraduate students and Brown medical students.  It offers students the chance to spend some time (generally for one-day visits or for a morning/afternoon) observing Brown medical faculty and alumni in a variety of health care settings.  This is sometimes a student's introduction to the clinical field.  Longer visits may be arranged during the winter or spring break periods. Please visit the Medicine in Action Program website for further information.

The Summer Research Assistantship Program in Social/Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Medicine, or Biomedical Sciences

The Summer Research Assistantship Program offers PLME students the opportunity to engage in a 10-week research experience.  The research must be conducted at Brown University or at an affiliated hospital, under the direction and mentorship of a sponsor with a Brown University faculty appointment. Please visit the Summer Research Assistant Program website for further information.

Whole Patient Program

This Whole Patient Program is for Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) first-year undergraduate students.  It emphasizes the significance of the doctor-patient relationship and attempts to demonstrate to students the importance of treating the patient's illness as opposed to treating the disease.  A guest physician presents along with his/her invited guest patient.  Recognizing the limited medical knowledge of the undergraduate students, the program does not attempt to address topics from a clinical perspective.  Rather, it stresses the role of empathetic understanding in the practice of medicine. 

Whole Physician Program

The Whole Physician Program focuses on life as a medical student and as a physician.  Through panel presentations, it attempts to show PLME undergraduates:

  • that life at Brown Medical School is manageable -- by inviting Brown med students to present their experiences;
  • that there is "life after medical school" -- by inviting physicians to describe their varied career paths that each took to become a physician;
  • that, as physicians, they will still be able to lead balanced lives and to participate in activities outside of medicine -- by inviting physicians with passions other than medicine to share their stories and coping mechanisms.

Please visit the Program in Liberal Medical Education website for further information on the Whole Patient/Whole Physician programs.

Women in Medicine & Science Mentoring Program

Every fall, students are invited to take part in the Women in Medicine & Science Mentoring Program that promotes connections between women medical students early in their educational and professional studies, with women physicians based at Brown affiliated hospitals and in the community.  Through informal meetings with their mentors, students can learn about a medical specialty, a field of health care delivery, or a specific career choice from the perspective of a woman physician.  This is also an opportunity for students to consider ways of shaping their career goals in medicine. The primary objectives of the program are to:

  • link women students and physician role models
  • offer students opportunities to meet with women medical faculty, residents, and fellows from different specialties and settings
  • clarify personal and professional goals through individual and group mentoring
  • advance the importance of networking

Students and mentors have considered a variety of themes including: residency training, blending family and career, medical specialty interests, women in academic medicine, careers integrating research and clinical responsibilities, women in leadership positions, specialized health care delivery (e.g. primary care, public health, women’s health, international health, rural medicine, etc.), and MD/PhD programs.  For further information please visit the Women in Medicine & Science website.

Inpatient Family Medicine Teaching Service

Faculty who are board certified or board eligible in family medicine, internal medicine, and obstetrics are welcome to join the teaching services as attendings where they will provide clinical teaching to medical students, residents and fellows.  

Inpatient Adult Medicine and Pediatrics:  Contact: [email protected] at 401-729-2237

Family Physicians interested in Maternal and Child Health and Obstetrics: Contact:  [email protected] at 401-729-2237

Longitudinal Clerkship in Family Medicine

A program for hosting medical students in your office for one-on-one teaching.  Open to Family Medicine physicians only.

Contact:  [email protected] at 401-729-2763 or David Anthony at  [email protected].

Office of Minority Medical Affairs Mentoring Program

The minority medical mentoring program was started in April 2009.  The purpose of the program is to provide increased opportunities for the students to engage and interact with minority faculty at Brown and in the Rhode Island community. It will help to ensure the success of under-represented students by decreasing the sense of isolation and bias that is commonly felt by the students.  The program was expanded to include alumni nationwide in November 2009.  Mentors and mentees are asked to complete an application that details their professional and personal interests and preferences. Mentors are expected to meet with the mentees twice during the semester (minimally once in person) and to provide guidance on an as-needed basis in the interim.  Mentees also have a list of expectations to make the relationship more productive. Please visit the Minority Medical Affairs website for further information.

Outpatient Precepting of Medical Students & Residents in the Family Care Center Teaching Practice

A program open to Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Social Work, and Psychology. Faculty members provide one-on-one and small-group teaching to medical students, family medicine residents, and psychiatry interns who are caring for a broad range of healthcare issues in a model family medicine teaching center in an underserved multi-ethnic community.  Faculty can be scheduled for half days any day of the week. 

Contact: Judy Walker at 401-729-2961

Rhode Island Free Clinic

Once a month from 5-9pm, a team of Brown students organizes a clinic through the Rhode Island Free Clinic.  Four patients are examined each session. There is a team of students (one 1st/2nd year and one 3rd/4th year) that work together to take the initial history and physical exam of each patient, present to an attending, and then the whole team decides on a treatment plan for the patient. Our patients are nearly all uninsured patients from underserved communities around Providence. The goal is to expand the clinic to two nights a month. The new clinic date will be the second Wednesday of every month. We are looking for preceptors to help us during these Wednesday clinics. In order to participate you will need to fill out a credentialing application with RIFC.  For further information and to sign up for Wednesday's clinic night, please visit the RI Free Clinic website.

Rhode Island Hospital Medical Simulation Center (RIHMSC)

The Rhode Island Hospital Medical Simulation Center (RIHMSC) was established in 2002 and has grown steadily since its inception.  The Department of Emergency Medicine faculty physicians and staff who direct the Center work to fulfill its mission of promoting excellence in clinical care, advancing patient safety initiatives, improving multidisciplinary team performance, and contributing to healthcare education and research through broad applications of high fidelity medical simulation.  The center is a valuable regional training resource for nurses, residents, fellows, attending physicians, medical students, respiratory therapists, pre-hospital providers and other healthcare personnel.

RIHMSC welcomes inquiries from those interested in educating healthcare providers.  Interested physicians who want to learn more about simulation-enhanced education and academics can receive appropriate training and technological support from our dedicated team of simulation specialists.  Formal and individualized reports of learner evaluations will be routinely generated for documentation of educational productivity.  Please visit the RIHMSC website for further information.

Program in Educational Faculty Development

The Program in Educational Faculty Development accepts proposals each summer in preparation for their schedule of workshops in each of the six Core educational areas, presentation and lecturing skills, small group facilitation, using technology in teaching, clinical teaching, teaching the challenging learner, and evaluation and effective feedback.  More information about the Program can be found here.

The Summer Assistantship Program provides funding for the summer work of rising Year 2 medical students.  More information about Summer Assistantships can be found here.