Many Med/Peds residents and faculty volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, a collaboration between Rhode Island Hospital, Brown Medical School, and a community health foundation to ensure access to medical care for uninsured or indigent individuals. Dr. Sybil Cineas serves as a member of their medical advisory board and residents have also selected this as a second-site continuity opportunity
As part of the "Kids into Health Careers" National Initiative, the Med/Peds program has organized and hosted an after school club for 8th grade students at the Roger Williams Middle School, a local public middle school about a mile from the hospital campus. Twice per month, Med/Peds residents and faculty host the student members of the club for a one hour workshop highlighting some aspect of medicine (cardiology, hematology, infectious diseases, etc.) or related healthcare fields (nursing, laboratory technician, respiratory therapist, etc.). Activities such as staining and viewing their teachers' peripheral blood smears, watching an obstetric ultrasound, or discussing the importance of good study habits in school have made this program extremely popular with residents and middle schoolers alike. David Washington, MD, has taken on new responsibilities for the program along with Alexis Devine, Youth Development Coordinator (Lifespan Office of Community Outreach). Young Doctors has been featured in the Providence Journal, Channel 10 News and the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.
A refugee medicine clinic is run within the Medicine/Pediatrics Primary Care Center two times per month. Building on the successful model of the Hasbro Pediatric Refugee Program and supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Toll, the Refugee Clinic provides intake services for newly relocated refugees and allows for their integration into the resident clinic for on-going primary care. The clinic is also staffed by residents and medical students and works closely with the Rhode Island International Institute and its staff and interpreters to provide comprehensive care to this diverse population. Dr. Sylvia Lacourse received a 2009 NMPRA resident grant to expand resident-provided training in primary health care topics for institute interpreters
Teens Empowered to Advocate for Community Health is a community service organization started in 2014 by Med-Peds alumna Margret Chang ('14) and current Med-Peds resident Eric Chow. The program was established with a AAP CATCH grant received in 2013. This program was designed to reach out to underserved high school students and to engage them in a series of health related lectures to further engage the in health related conversations and introduce them to various aspects of what it would be like to have a healthcare related career. The goal of the organization is to provide students the resources to be able to go back to their families and communities and increase the awareness of health related resources. The program is run by residents, medical students and public health students and is a collaboration between Brown University and Woonsocket High School
Teachfitclub.org is a non-profit that works to provide core curriculum for schools that carries messages of healthy eating and living. Young Doctors represents one component of the curriculum and is an outgrowth of Dr. Anderson’s residency advocacy work. She serves as the Co-executive director and is engaging current residents to contribute to curriculum and outreach.
F.I.T. Club is committed to creating a collaborative curriculum embedding concepts of food, fitness and farming into the classroom. Our focus on literacy to teach concepts of nutrition and physical health connects students with high quality fiction and nonfiction books. Lesson plans utilize Common Core Standards and can be taught during or after school. F.I.T. Club is applicable to any school setting and to anyone who eats!
The Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway, or BRIGHT, began as an interest group in global health founded by a pediatric ID fellow and group of interested residents. Out of a desire to enhance exposure to breadth of topics in global health, to further development of a learning community amongst residents, and to foster mentoring relationships between residents and faculty active in global health, a residency pathway was developed and approved in the fall of 2009. The first group of scholars entered in July of 2010.
Suzanne McLaughlin, MD, MSc
Associate Program Director:
Sybil Cineas, MD
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