Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship

This program is an opportunity for qualified underrepresented (URM*) students to participate in clinical electives in the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Participants will interact with residents and faculty and will receive mentorship from the members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA).

Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research, and education for southeastern New England. The 87-bed not-for-profit hospital offers a broad array of pediatric services and programs, and it is at the forefront of minimally invasive pediatric surgical care for congenital and acquired children’s diseases. Hasbro Children’s has the only pediatric emergency department, Level 1 trauma center, Center for Pediatric Imaging and Sedation, and pediatric critical care team in Hasbro Children’s Hospital southeastern New England, as well as the only ambulance that operates 24 hours a day, every day.

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Ethnic and Socioeconomic Diversity in Rhode Island

Providence is a “minority majority” city due to its diverse population with 38% of the population Hispanic/Latino, 16% Black/African-American, 6.4% Asian and 1.4% Native American/Alaskan Native. Providence is also an active refugee resettlement site, serving as a new home to refugees from all over the world.

Hasbro Children's Hospital is located in a federally designated Health Professions Shortage Area (HPSA) with a high concentration of people with low incomes and poverty. Caring for the underserved populations of our state is among the core elements of the mission of Lifespan, the non-profit healthcare partnership founded by leaders of Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals.

Available Visiting Electives:

Peds 4570-Pediatric Infectious Disease

IM 3165- Med/Peds Infectious Diseases

Peds 4630-Subinternship in Pediatrics

Peds 4640-Subinternship in Pediatric Critical Care

Peds 4680-Subinternship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Available Blocks:

Application deadline is 8 weeks prior to the elective start date.

Download 2019-2020 Elective Calendar



Fourth year medical student in good academic standing at a U.S. accredited medical school. Student must have completed all core clerkships at their home institution.

To apply:

In order to be considered for the scholarship award, students are required to apply through an online application system that is separate from VSAS. Please email [email protected] to request access to the application. 

Scholarship award:

$1,000.00 for travel, housing and/or personal expenses.

Resources available to guide student's housing search in Providence.

Any questions please email: [email protected]