- Black Men in White Coats took place at Brown on Saturday, October 29. This summit was a collaboration between The Warren Alpert Medical School, the School of Public Health, and Black Men in White coats. The summit provided exposure to the field of medicine, mentorship, and networking, to strengthen and diversify the future of health care. Children in third grade through college, parents, educators, health care professionals, and community leaders were all welcome to attend. Dr. Dale Okorodudu, founder of Black Men in White Coats, deliverered the leynote address. Talks were given by current medical students, resident physicians, and health care providers, and there was a “How to Raise a Doctor” session for parents and guardians. View full schedule here; view news story here.
- Brother to Brother is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and created and organized by Rosedelma Seraphin, Associate Director for the Centers for Student Belonging and Workforce and Dr. Ricky Grisson. The goals of Brother-to-Brother are to build community, provide professional development, and mentorship among Black male identifying medical students, trainees, and physicians around their unique experiences, and to provide support as they navigate medical school, and a career in healthcare. The program consists of informal socials, meetings and office hours. Office hours are designed to deliver specialist insight into specialties, careers, operations, and opportunities. They help students identify strategies to leverage research opportunities to launch their subspecialty medical/surgical careers. They support and help students to explore roles in the clinical, academic, and the social health worlds and help to ascertain the perspectives on different specialties. Additionally office hours help in generating paper writing opportunities, provide support, engagement, social capital and mentorship to students.
- The Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University had a Salsa Night fundraiser during Latin Heritage Month. LMSA donated $3,323.81 to Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR) in support of the essential and radically supportive services AMOR provides to victims of hate crimes and state sponsored violence in Rhode Island and Southern New England. These funds were collected by LMSA throughout Latinx Heritage Month in 2022 in the spirit of celebrating the excellence of the Latinx community at the Medical School, recognizing the shared value of celebration and community building between LMSA and AMOR. LMSA garnered both financial and relational support from a variety of stakeholders throughout the Brown medical community to support our collective mission of community care and are proud to support AMOR as they work to build a healthier, safer, and more just Rhode Island through their grassroots activism and direct community support.
- The Warren Alpert Medical School Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted a SNMA Paint and Sip Annual Fundraiser to support Higher Ground International in Providence, RI where they raised over $2,500. Higher Ground International is a non-profit organization in Rhode Island that supports West African refugees and immigrants residing in RI and individuals living in rural villages in West Africa. Higher Ground supports their target population through activism and providing social, economic, and educational opportunities to counter structural inequalities that adversely affect these individuals.
- Upcoming Recruitment Events: Latin Medical Student Association Regional Conference 1/27 - 1/29; Howard University Residency Fair 3/18; Student National Medical Association AMEC 4/5 - 4/9.
- Pathway programs: Two new pathway/enrichment programs were launched as part of the SMART Clinic Plus initiative. Week of Medicine (July 2022), provided high school students, a majority from Central Falls, a taste of medical school. Participants spent a week learning about medical skills, concepts, and pathways to becoming physicians. Through case studies focused on the cardiovascular system, students were able to put their white coats on and practice what it could look like to help patients. Meeting in the Middle (October-December, 2022) is an after-school program for 8th-grade students at Calcutt Middle school. Brown’s medical students facilitate workshops and activities at Calcutt to expose participants to the variety of health care and medical professions available to them.
News Stories: (1) Brown’s medical school to partner with Central Falls SMART Clinic on school pathways program; (2) New medical school enrichment course offers local high school students a taste of medicine; (3) Pathway programs exposing young people of color to field of medicine