Life at Brown Dermatology

There is a great deal to experience in Rhode Island – unique history and architecture, charming towns, pristine beaches, and the grandeur of Newport. Providence itself is a welcoming place to learn and live, with a large and thriving cultural landscape and a culinary identity second to none. In addition, Rhode Island’s close proximity to major East Coast cities and pastoral New England villages offers many attractions.

We hope the following links will answer many of your questions, but also, please feel free to direct any specific questions you may have to our residency coordiantor, Erika Abou Kelila, [email protected], (401) 444-7139.

Outreach and giving back to the community are very important at Brown Dermatology.  All residents participate in our yearly Skin Check beach cancer screenings in conjunction with the RI Department of Health, The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island, Lifespan and NBC10. The beach program has been running since the 1990s.

We encourage the residents to be involved and provide time to pursue such endeavors.  Our faculty and residents do research, write papers, present at conferences, volunteer, and teach. Some examples of activities that Brown faculty and residents are involved in:

-Throughout the rest of the year we are happy to provide free skin cancer screenings including events in conjunction with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Rhode Island Women in Agriculture, and the New England Laborers. A group of our residents and medical students have created a Skin of Color Lecture Series for the community. Many residents and attendings volunteer their time at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and Camp Discovery.

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-Legislation; Brown Dermatology Physicians including Dr. Helena Kuhn and Dr. Martin Weinstock were integral parts in getting legislation to pass in RI in 2018 banning tanning for anyone under 18.  

-Education for physicians. Dermatology is proud to help educate Brown Medical Students, Bryant Physician Assistant Students, and Brown Residents from other specialties. As a dermatology resident, you will be taking a very active role in this teaching. Interested residents have also participated in planning and teaching at the dermatology course at Brown Medical, as well a number of continuing medical education opportunities through Brown CME including The Annual Dermatology for the Primary Care Doctor, Cutaneous Oncology, and Dermatology/Rheumatology. 

-Brown residents take on leadership roles.  We would love to help you become the next leaders of tomorrow!  We have had representatives for the RI Dermatological Society, AAD working groups, ASDS committees, Rhode Island Hospital Committees, among others.  One of our recent residents was even the resident representative on the ACGME Residency Review Committee in Dermatology. 

-The Providence VA has the oldest sustained teledermatology program in the VA. It was started in 1997 by Dr. Martin Weinstock and Jack Galvin and John Cabral from the Providence VA. Residents participate in seeing patients and are encouraged to do projects if they are interested. There is currently an ongoing telederm project for Syrian refugees. 

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