Overview

Welcome to the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program at Brown!

Our program encompasses an amazing group of clinically capable, intellectually curious and compassionate residents, a highly committed Med/Peds-trained faculty, a continuity site that serves as a home to the program and residents, and strong and balanced categorical residency programs in Internal Medicine and in Pediatrics with highly committed department chairs and exceptional faculty in each discipline. Founded in 1995, Brown Med/Peds offers 4 positions per year for its four year training program. The Brown Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program is fully accredited by the ACGME, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

The core mission of the Brown University Medicine/Pediatrics Program is to offer an academically-oriented training program that prepares exceptional physicians to provide high quality individual care and improve the health status of population. The program will:

  1. Provide for the collaborative training of highly-skilled clinicians in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics prepared to care for children and adults, individuals and families, while maintaining the depth of training and expertise in each field.

  2. Create an academic environment in which to develop and conduct clinical research and advocacy efforts that reflect the unique Med/Peds perspective on care for patients across the lifespan.

  3. Prepare residents for leadership roles as educators and academic clinicians in general and subspecialty disciplines of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Program Highlights:

  • Faculty. The program's core faculty includes 7 Med/Peds-trained attendings with patient practices and precepting roles in the Medicine Pediatrics Primary Care Center. In addition, Med/Peds-trained faculty are represented in the primary faculty of both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in multiple subspecialties, and are similarly well-represented within the cadre of fellows and chief residents at Rhode Island, Hasbro Children's and Women's and Infants Hospitals. The faculty has been recognized with institution-wide teaching awards, local and national grants for curriculum development, workshop and research presentations at national meetings and participates actively in national med/peds organizations.

  • Residents. The residents are the heart of our program. Their commitment to their patients and to their own and their colleagues' education is appreciated by the program faculty, and has been recognized across the institution through advocacy awards for individual and program efforts, and by the categorical faculty in the selection of chief residents. Our residents have been recipients in recent years of Alpert Medical School of Brown University teaching awards, the Hafenreffer Award for Housestaff Excellence, and inducted into the AOA academic honor society and Gold Humanism Society.

  • Innovative curriculum and research. Drs. Toll, McLaughlin and Forcier are recent recipients of institutional and national grants researching behavioral health care training in primary care and in LGBTQ curriculum and training. Drs. Cineas and McLaughlin have presented pilot data from a curriculum in enhanced primary care trialled in the MedPeds clinic.

  • Community Outreach and Advocacy. The "Young Doctors Club" is a community outreach program established by Med/Peds residents with the nearby Roger Williams Middle School. More than 25 8th graders are hosted for two after school meetings per month. Residents lead multidisciplinary, hands-on discussions, which including EKG's, Pulmonary Function Testing and staining blood smears on their teachers! This exciting community youth advocacy program received the Rhode Island Public Education Foundation's Partnership Award and was a focus of the Rhode Island Hospital Founders Day Celebration.Recent graduate Margret Chang has expanded on her AAP Resident CATCH grant to provide peer-based mentoring to East Asian Youth. Dr. Anderson serves as CEO of the FITforKids program linking school curriculums to nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

  • Resident innovations and leadership roles. Med Peds residents made innovative contributions to the electronic sign-out system at RIH/Hasbro, and have leadership roles on multiple hospital and GME committees, including quality and safety, informational services and as resident representative to the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

  • Hospital Quality:

  • Global Health. Program residents and faculty actively participate in multiple international medicine experiences, including formal relationships with sites in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Kenya. Med/Peds residents have taken leadership roles in the development of a global health track across RIH residency programs. The Med/Peds Primary Care Center is a primary site for refugee health in Rhode Island, a refugee health clinic working with the successful Hasbro Pediatric Refugee program and providing health services to the diverse group of children and adults who relocate to Rhode Island every year with the support of the Rhode Island Foundation.

  • Med/Peds Combined Infectious Diseases Fellowship Approved. Lifespan/Brown offers acombined Med/Peds fellowship approved by the ABIM and ABP in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Jerry Larkin, Med/Peds trained Infectious Disease faculty member, is the contact person for this program. The program has trained multiple program graduates, including current fellow, Natasha Rybak.

Why Med Peds? The advantages of training in Med/Peds are many and have been appreciated since the inception of this combined discipline in 1967. Graduates are able to care for children, adults and families. , Graduates are eligible for fellowship trainingin all pediatrics and medicine subspecialties and public health disciplines. The vast majority of Med/Peds graduates maintain clinical work that incorporates care of both children and adults in many varied capacities. In addition, more than half of MedPeds graduates nationally remain engaged in academic medicine with faculty appointments. . Med/Peds graduates enjoy diverse career opportunities, owing to the depth and breadth of their training. It is a rewarding and exciting experience.

Why Med Peds at Brown? Ours is an integrated residency, which attempts to go beyond simply creating parallel programs in each of the two specialties. In addition to being regarding as integral to the Internal Medicine and Pediatric programs, we offer multiple uniquely MedPeds experiences. Our ambulatory practice allows residents and faculty to work together closely in the care of adults, children and families in a single continuity setting. Founded in 1998, the clinic continues as a thriving and successful endeavor in its much-appreciated new setting in the Washington Park neighborhood.. Med/Peds Forum is a weekly opportunity for our residents and faculty to meet. Forum encompasses case conferences, resident journal clubs and research presentations as well as formal didactics on topics ranging from systematic use of the medical literature to discussions of patient-practitioner interactions. Residents are encouraged to explore and tailor their training to their specific interests and goals with mentorship from highly involved faculty. The faculty and residents participate in on-going curriculum development, having received state and national grants and presented national workshops on quality improvement in primary care of chronic conditions, health care transition and mental health services in primary care settings. Med/Peds residents and faculty at Brown are deeply involved in the on-going operation and continual evaluation of the program. Our senior residents take on roles as program Chief Residents for continuity clinic, recruitment, transition and scheduling. All residents have a voice and role in continual improvement.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Suzanne McLaughlin, MD FAAP FACP

Email:
Smclaughlin1@lifespan.org

Phone:
401-444-4393

Mail:
Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program
593 Eddy Street
Physician's Office Building, Suite#224
Providence, RI 02903


Additional Information

For additional information on Brown's Pediatric Residency Program, click here.

For additional information on Brown's Internal Medicine Residency Program, click here.

For additional information on Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway, or BRIGHT, click here.