Our Committment to Diversity

The Brown Med-Peds residency is committed to serving a culturally and socioeconomically rich community here in southeastern New England. Our residents were among the early founders of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) and have worked in partnership with the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) to foster a safe and open space to care for all our patients. Our academic and hospital institutions are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the healthcare field through the support of our faculty and housestaff. We train residents to tailor their care towards the specific needs of our community groups through our

Brown Minority Housestaff Association


The Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) is a housestaff run organization with faculty mentor support to promote diversity in medicine across all medical disciplines. It was founded in 2013 and later run by Med-Peds residents Nkiruka Emeagwali (MP 2016) and Eric Chow (MP2017). Through this initiative, the residents have created a unique forum for individuals interested in the promotion of diversity to converge and have thoughtful conversations to reach a common goal of providing culturally competent care. BMHA partners with ODMA to provide funding for educational activities, social gatherings and URM recruitment materials. Residents and fellows work closely with Brown University medical students to provide mentorship and guidance throughout their medical education.

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs


The Warren Alpert Medical School’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) provides support for diversity in residency programs affiliated with Brown University. Joe Diaz, MD serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity and has been instrumental at providing training and educational programs to residents and faculty. The BASCE fellowship, BMHA and MED Talks are all sponsored by ODMA.

MED Talks

Medical Education through Diversity

The Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a speaker series that was started in 2015 and created as a way to form a dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. Each quarter, panels of individuals who represent a patient population that we care for here at Brown come to speak to an audience of physicians, nurses and students to talk about ways in which healthcare can provide more culturally competent care to their community. We have partnered with patients from the Jehovah’s Witness, transgender, refugee, deaf and foster family communities to bring this unique educational opportunity to our hospital. Patient will often share stories of their own interactions with healthcare professionals and highlight ways that their care could have been improved. Audience members are encouraged to ask difficult questions to better understand a better way to provide care to these populations. This project has previously been recognized and supported by the Gold Foundation. Funding has been graciously provided by BMHA and ODMA.

Visiting Medical Students Scholarship

The Brown Med-Peds, categorical pediatrics and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) are proud to sponsor the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship. Every year, qualified underrepresented minority (URM) students are selected from a competitive applicant pool to receive this scholarship to do an away rotation with the Brown University Department of Pediatrics. Those who are interested in applying for Med-Peds here at Brown are encouraged to apply. Students will be paired up with resident and faculty members of the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA) for mentorship. As a visiting student, you can choose from a variety of visiting electives here. We strongly encourage students interested in this scholarship to apply for away rotations early. All rotations will be arranged through the medical school and the scholarship will be administered through ODMA. Questions about this scholarship should be directed to diversity-visiting-scholarship@brown.edu

Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity


Residents and fellows are invited to participate in the Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE) fellowship offered through ODMA. This is a year-long program aimed at developing healthcare leaders who will be leaders in engaging peers “in dialogue around issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice and health equity.” Starting in 2017, the program entail 6 months of training sessions, a year of mentoring and the completion of a project that will be presented at the end of the year. A total of 8 fellows will be selected every year on a competitive basis. Fellows will be provided access to up to $500 in funds to carry out their leadership project. Fellows who complete this training will be provided a certificate of completion, included in the alumni network and highlighted on the ODMA website.

Second Look for URM Applicants

Qualified underrepresented minority (URM)

Every year, URM students are invited to participate in the annual Brown Minority Housestaff Association second look dinner in February after interview season is over. Students will be notified of the date during their interview and will be invited to participate in a dinner provided by the BMHA and the Brown University ODMA. This is a great time to network and meet up with other medical students, residents and faculty at Brown. Applicants who are interested in visiting the hospital and shadowing on rounds should contact the program coordinators to arrange for your visit.

Diversity Leadership at Brown

The Med-Peds program at Brown has had a long tradition of supporting diversity in medicine. Our core and Med-Peds trained faculty have served as mentors both at the medical school as well as the residency training programs. Sybil Cineas, MD our associate program director, serves as a medical student advisor and a faculty mentor of BMHA. Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, a Med-Peds infectious disease physician and the director of health for the state of Rhode Island has served as a faculty mentor for BMHA as well. Across all departments here at Brown, we have faculty eager to mentor incoming residents and fellows.

Department of Pediatrics Diversity Officers

Sabina Holland, MD

Sabina Holland earned her medical degree Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency in Orlando, Florida at the University of Florida Pediatric Residency Program at Orlando Health. After residency, she moved her family to Rhode Island where she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Following her fellowship, Sabina joined the faculty and the pediatric residency team where she is working on developing innovative ways to increase diversity in the residency program.

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