Diversity and Inclusion

Brown Orthopaedics Diversity Committee

Dr. Patricia Solga, Chair
Dioscaris Garcia, Ph.D.
Christopher Born, M.D.
Julia Katarincic, M.D.
Manuel DaSilva, M.D.
Lindsay Kozinski, M.D.
Abigail Boduch, M.D.


Diversity in Medicine Student Scholarship Program

The Department of Orthopaedics is participating as a sponsor in the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship program and will sponsor four students in 2021.  Qualified URM students will be selected from a competitive applicant pool to receive this scholarship to help pay for costs associated with doing away rotations at Brown. Medical students who are interested in applying for residency at Brown are encouraged to apply. Those students will be paired up with resident and faculty members of the BMHA for mentorship. We strongly encourage students interested in this scholarship to apply for away rotations early. Questions about the scholarship should be directed to [email protected]  

Dr. Patricia Solga, Senior Advisor to the Chair on Diversity
  • Dr. Solga is a member of WOLF, Women’s’ Orthopaedic Leadership Forum teaching “Women in Orthopedics” to junior and  senior   students at the Cooley High School of Science at the Juanita Sanchez Complex.  This course targets students from South  Providence to introduce them to careers in medicine.  WOLF now has 29 members and 12 teachers. 

Dr. Dio Garcia, Orthopaedic Diversity Committee Member
  • Dr. Garcia has recently joined the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and  will utilize the information learned through this program to inform the committee and help our program align with the University and Department’s DIAP.
  • Dr. Garcia was honored by the Rhode Island State Senate for his efforts in working with residents of Pawtucket and Central Falls during the Covid-19 crisis.  He has been praised by the Central Falls City Council, the RI Black and Latino Caucus and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding public service during the pandemic.
Upcoming Events

Dr. Patricia Solga and four of our orthopedic residents will be participating in the Diversity in Medicine Virtual Residency Recruitment Fair being held on August 7, 2021.  This event is for fourth year students and provides an overview of the medical school, introduction to our residency programs, information about resident life, and  strategies for the application process.  There will be a question and answer sessions as well.

Diversity in Orthopaedics Resources

Faculty in the Department of Orthopedics are encouraged to complete the E-learning module entitled “Unconscious Bias” available on Brown’s website. The Alpert Medical School website has information regarding making curricula and teaching more inclusive. Faculty and residents are encouraged to view.   https://www.brown.edu/academics/biomed/faculty-development/diversity-inclusion

The AAMC has multiple articles regarding race and racism in medical education. 

Recent Department Publications

  1. Modest JM, Cruz AL Jr, Daniels AH, Lemme NJ, Eberson CP. Applicant Fit and Diversity in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Selection Process: Defining and Melding to Create a More Diverse and Stronger Residency Program. JB JS Open Access. 2020 Nov 23;5(4):e20.00074. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.20.00074. eCollection 2020 Oct-Dec. PMID: 33244508 Free PMC article. No abstract available.
  1. Sobel A, Ramirez J, Walsh D, Defroda SF, Cruz AI Jr. "Evaluation of Spanish Language Proficiency and Resources Available in Academic Pediatric Orthopaedic Centers." J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Jul;40(6):310-313. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000001466. PMID: 31688518