Residency Program

Welcome to the Brown Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island!

We have been preparing graduates to provide full-spectrum family medicine to diverse, underserved communities since we opened our doors in 1975. As the scope of Family Medicine has expanded, so has that of our  program. Our residents are trained to become experts in transforming medical practices into Patient-Centered Medical homes, addressing health disparities, and developing new knowledge and skills throughout their careers. 

We blend a long tradition of excellence in residency training with the evidence-based innovations in education.  The combination of  a community-based program with a strong university affiliation provides rigorous family medicine education in a culture that nurtures primary care and values service to the underserved. 

Faculty, staff and residents work side-by-side to optimize our mission-driven training program, building strong, lasting relationships in the process. We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about our community.

Melissa Nothnagle, MD, MSc
Program Director


21st-century family physicians must offer the latest advances in medical care, while maintaining the ideals of compassion, healing and service to their patients and communities. The Brown Family Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to educating the next generation of family physicians to provide high quality healthcare for all, especially the most vulnerable and underserved, and to be leaders in health care delivery, medical education, research and advocacy.


To educate skillful, innovative, compassionate leaders in family medicine.