Diversity & Inclusion
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Throughout training, fellows will have opportunities and expectations to engage in clinical, didactic, research, teaching, and advocacy efforts to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable medical profession, health care system, and community. Within the fellowship program, we continue to grow and strengthen our formal social justice curriculum that spans both years and includes seminars focusing on cultural identity and humility, structural competence, and anti-racism followed by multi-disciplinary, case-based discussions with trainees and faculty together. In addition to sustaining a dedicated curriculum, program faculty and fellows are active in departmental and hospital diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts including committee work, caucusing, community engagement, faculty development, and quality improvement.
Within the past year, some of our Triple Board Program residents (who join the fellowship in their fourth and fifth years of their residency) have also been instrumental in working together with Brown University medical students and the youth-led group Gen Z in organizing the Code Black RI Health Equity For Black Lives March and creating the ongoing Code Black RI working group to create foundational, systems-level change across healthcare institutions in Rhode Island with the support of training program faculty.
Brown University strongly supports and leads many diversity initiatives at all levels of the organization, including the President's office. For example, Brown's Office of Institutional Diversity provides leadership for the formulation and oversight of policies related to pluralism and equity, and initiates programs and practices that promote diversity, inclusion, and fair treatment of all members of the community. More specifically, Brown University directs multiple recruitment strategies toward the goal of achieving greater diversity among its faculty and students. Within the Medical School, the Dean of Biology and Medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity, and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior are partners in this enterprise.
The Division of Biology and Medicine's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) focuses on:
- Coordinating recruitment efforts of individuals from underrepresented minority groups
- Providing academic, personal, and professional career development and social support to these students, faculty, and trainees
- Collaborating across the university to offer culturally educational curricula.
Below are several specific initiatives of ODMA:
Mentoring and Educating Diverse Students and Trainees to Excel as Physicians (MEDSTEP)
Founded in the fall of 2019, MEDSTEP create a sense of community and structured mentorship oppportunities within the Alpert Medical School (AMS) for individuals who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine (UIM.) It seeks to to utilize the group mentorship model and peer mentorship model to leverage resources across the entire AMS UIM community as well as prepare mentors and mentees to address challenging professional situations. Furthermore, it works to strengthen the sense of community at AMS for UIM faculty, trainees and students by creating a safe space for discussion, education and professional growth.
Diversity Publication (article by Dr. Guthrie)
Brown Council for Diversity in Medicine (BCDM)
The goals of the Council are to provide a forum to identify current diversity and inclusion activities within each clinical department, share these activities and ideas so that we may all learn from them; eliminate barriers to diversity and inclusion; educate and empower committee members to be able to evoke change within their departments; create a centralized knowledge base about the status of diversity and inclusion activities within each department and create a unified vision of what diversity and inclusion looks like at Brown.
Committee on Diversity and Inclusive Teaching and Learning
Formerly the Race in Medicine Taskforce, this committee is made up of students, staff, and faculty and is charged with implementing a coherent and inclusive curriculum at Alpert Medical School.
ODMA Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
The ODMA Fellowship is a one year funded position. The fellow is a Brown medical student who works to develop skills in leadership, collaboration, and program development through the creation of initiatives that address the mission of the ODMA and the priority areas of Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).
Petersen Educational Enhancement Fund
The Petersen Educational Enhancement Fund supports innovative service or research initiatives designed to have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities.The Fund encourages students to undertake projects in the United States or abroad that not only will foster their own development and enrich their educational experience but, just as importantly, will enable them to give back to the community at large.
Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE)
A leadership program for medical students, residents, and faculty to increase our internal capacity to address structural racism.
The Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) became a recognized housestaff organization in 2013. BMHA is advised through faculty, the GME Department and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). The BMHA is an organization that strives to promote the advancement of underrepresented housestaff through community building, mentorship, networking, and advocacy. The strength of a diverse workforce more effectively meets the needs of the diverse population of patients we serve.
Brown's Support of Individuals with Disabilities
Students and trainees with disabilities are welcomed at Brown and provided with services through the Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS), which ensures adequate accommodation for physical or mental disabilities. SEAS coordinates accommodations with departments throughout the university, provides updates on access conditions, and offers a wide array of assistive technologies.