January 31, 2022

In partnership with the The Warren Alpert Medical School, the Health Equity Scholars Program at the School of Public Health, and the Health and Biomedical Library, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), organized and offered screenings of the documentary "Black Men in White Coats" in October. This community-wide viewing opportunity culminated with a virtual panel discussion featuring one of the physicians in the film and several local Black men who are physicians or physicians-in-training.  

The panel was moderated by Ron Aubert, Ph.D., from the Brown University School of Public Health. Panelists included Quinn Capers, M.D., interventional cardiology at UT Southwestern (featured in documentary) and Cedric Bright, M.D. ’85 RES’93, internal medicine at East Carolina University, and the following Brown/Care New England/Lifespan physicians:

  • Ricky Grisson, M.D., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Dean Roye, M.D., Surgery
  • Methodius Tuuli, M.D., MPH, MBA, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Matthew Anderson, M.D. RES’23, Neurosurgery
  • Stephen Bozier MD’23
  • Franklin Iheanacho MD’24

The panel recording can be seen here.

ODMA Welcomes a New Program Director for Pipeline Programs

Luckson Omoaregba joined the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs as the director of pipeline programs on December 6, 2021. You can read more about him and this position on the Medical School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Dashboard, a new resource intended to provide updates related to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts underway at The Warren Alpert Medical School.

June 28, 2021

Things may be quieter on campus right now, but the ODMA has been very busy. Read the details in this latest ODMA summary.

Month of Medicine - Summer 2021 Pilot

  • This three-week summer program for pre-medical students took place earlier this month and provided participants with a snapshot of the medical school experience. It gave students, from historically underrepresented groups and those underrepresented in medicine, the opportunity to experience medical school-level coursework and enhance their academic development to increase their competitiveness as a medical school applicant. The heart of this program included lectures that replicated course materials covered in the first few weeks of medical school, in addition to panels and workshops to help the students learn about applying to medical school and careers in medicine. Students also were mentored and advised by medical school faculty and current students, as well as exposed to clinical case conferences.

Leadership Alliance Continues

  • The Leadership Alliance Program is in its fourth year with ODMA at The Warren Alpert Medical School, having grown from a cohort of two to six students. More information can be found here.

Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship

  • This program, co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and The Warren Alpert Medical School's affiliated medical departments, is an opportunity for qualified students underrepresented in medicine (URiM) to participate in clinical electives at the Medical School. Additionally, participants will interact with residents and faculty and will receive mentorship from the members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association. Read more.

Alumni Panel

  • Shortly after Match Day, four URiM Medical School alumni – Rachel Blake MD’16, Stan Voigt MD’10, Agueda Hernandez '92 MD'96, P'25, Peter Chin-Hong ’92 MD’97 – participated in an ODMA-organized virtual panel moderated by Dr. Tracey Guthrie RES’99, assistant dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, clinician educator, associate professor of medical science, clinician educator. The panel provided graduating medical students with information and guidance, as well as a networking and mentorship opportunity as they prepared for their transition to residency. 

Virtual Recruitment Residency Fair for all Sub-specialities - 

  • The ODMA will hold its second Virtual Recruitment Residency Fair on Saturday, August 7, for fourth-year medical students as they prepare for their residency application period. This event was piloted last summer during the COVID-19 pandemic and attracted over 870 URiM student attendees from across the country.

ODMA Virtual Open House

  • Earlier this month, potential medical school applicants were invited to drop in to learn more about the ODMA staff, the application process, diversity initiatives, Providence and more through a virtual open house with a question-and-answer format. This was the second event of its kind, after the pilot program was developed in response to a need that grew out of the COVID-19 pandemic last December.

ODMA Fellow 2021-22

  • The ODMA Fellow is a rising third- or fourth-year medical student who works with the ODMA and is supported by a year-long stipend. This year, the ODMA Fellow is Idara Ndon MD’23. Medical School programs such as the Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) and the TEAM tutoring program for first-year, low-income students of color, and first-generation medical students, are coordinated primarily by the ODMA Fellow. Read more about BASCE and The Warren Alpert Medical School’s ODMA Fellows program.

April 9, 2021

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA), shared information about a collaborative initiative that will culminate with a Black Maternal Health Week webinar, "Black Motherhood Through the Lens," on April 14. Find out more.

December 16, 2020

Here is a semester update from the ODMA at the end of the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Last summer, the ODMA ran a virtual residency fair that focused on recruiting candidates who are under-represented in medicine (UiM) for the residency programs. Several hundred individuals from across the country and at least a dozen Brown-residency programs participated.  
  • The ODMA recently held its first open house for UiM candidates applying to medical school. ODMA was extremely happy to see the level of engagement of those who attended. This is an effort to share diversity initiatives with pre-med students from other institutions. This is coupled with a new initiative, "Affinity Group Chats," that brings together some of our students (from the Affinity Groups) and UiM applicants who have just interviewed at the Medical School. It provides an opportunity for applicants to connect with current UiM students to learn about their experiences here at The Warren Alpert Medical School.