Welcome to the Brown University Internal Medicine Programs in Providence, RI

Our three programs (Categorical, Primary Care (GIM), and Preliminary), are based at Rhode Island Hospital with additional core rotations at The Miriam Hospital and the Providence VA Medical Center. We are situated in Providence, RI – a dynamic, art-, industry- and culinary-focused city, built on a foundation of inclusion and tolerance and ranked #16 for ethnic, language, and region of birth diversity among the 300 most populated cities in the United States. Our residents value the diverse population, a complementary variety of clinical locations, and a talented cohort of faculty educators and researchers within the Warren Alpert Medical School.

Our Mission Statement

The Brown University Internal Medicine Program seeks to promote the development of the consummate internist – doctors who practice with a high level of compassion, knowledge, skills, and professionalism. Our residents and faculty reflect a broad diversity of backgrounds and experiences unified by a dedication to our profession. We aim to give residents the opportunities, tools, and guidance to practice patient-centered care in a variety of environments. Our graduates will hold the care of their patients as their primary goal, accomplished through lifelong learning, scholarship, and education. We achieve this goal through mentorship, experiential learning, and by upholding high ethical standards. Our graduates are prepared for future growth as generalists and subspecialists, practitioners, and investigators, held together by the common bond of dedication to their patients and to the community of medicine. Collaboration, teamwork, and devotion to self and others are our core values.

We have scheduled several Open House sessions that are open to all applicants. Each has a theme, but will include time to interact with our incredible residents. The sessions will be held on Zoom, and begin at 6pm EDT

September 28th:  “Mentors at BrownRegister here

October 12th: “Life in Rhode IslandRegister here

October 19th: “Residents as Educators, Scholars & ResearchersRegister here

October 26th: “DiversityRegister here

We look forward to meeting you at these sessions!

What's New

  • Listen to our Latest Podcasts

    Associate Program Director, Dr. Fred Schiffman, appeared on the “Medicine Mentors” Podcast

    Dr. Schiffman explains Brown’s focus on Humanism in Medicine and how it contributes to excellence in practice and medical education.


    Program Director, Dr. Dominick Tammaro, describes some features of the Brown Internal Medicine Residency Program.

    Listen on Spotify via the link below.


    Bias Reduction Education in Brown Department of Medicine Podcast

    Dr. Kate Cahill (Clinician Educator track Co-Director/Brown IM Core Clerkship Director/BRIM Instructor) joins Dr. Tammaro in this Podcast describing the nature and implementation of the BRIM program for faculty and residents here at Brown.

    You can access the podcast at http://www.brownmed.org/needle/.

  • New Chief Residents AY 2022-2023 Named

    Brown IM Program Leaders announced the new Chief Residents selected for the Academic Year 2022-2023:

    Emmanuel Asiedu, MD
    Warren Alpert Medical School

    Colin Daingerfield, MD
    University of Rochester

    Ann Ding, MD
    University of Texas, San Antonio

    Anna Hardesty, MD
    University of Washington

    Amelia Tajik, MD
    University of Vermont

  • Dr. Tammaro receives National Award from Program Director Association

    Dr. Dominick Tammaro, Internal Medicine Residency Director at Brown, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Dema C. Daley Founder’s Award by the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM). This award honors members of the internal medicine education and leadership community who are recognized nationally as educators, innovators, and leaders. The award presentation will occur at APDIM’s virtual Spring Meeting in April 2021.

  • New IM Residency POCUS Curriculum Moves Forward

    The POCUS Curriculum is on track to begin this winter. Through a generous grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation, the final financial support has been secured to allow acquisition of new state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment at both Rhode Island and Miriam Hospitals. The first POCUS Workshop at the Lifespan Simulation Center is scheduled for February 2021.

  • Rhode Island Hospital Tops Vizient rankings for Equity of Care

    Rhode Island Hospital again is recognized by Vizient among 100 academic medical centers for ranking in the 99th percentile for Equity of care. This measure evaluates for variation in patient outcomes for core diagnoses including Sepsis, CHF and NSTEMI based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. RIH has consistently ranked at the top of academic medical centers in this measure, and we are proud to provide care to our communities, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their ability to pay.

  • Lifespan Hospitals Top Performers in LGBTQ Health Care Equity

    Lifespan’s four hospitals once again achieved Top Performer status on the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a national benchmark of hospitals’ policies and practices related to equitable and inclusive treatment of their LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

    The Human Rights Campaign Foundation announced August 31 that Rhode Island, The Miriam, Bradley, and Newport hospitals had earned the designation. The Human Rights Campaign, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, has more than 3 million members and supporters.

    The HEI assesses hospitals’ policies and practices regarding non-discrimination and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and patient and community engagement.

    Participating hospitals “are not only on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also making it clear from their participation in the HEI that they stand on the side of fairness and are committed to providing inclusive care to their LGBTQ patients. In addition, many have made strong statements on racial justice and equity and are engaging in efforts to address racial inequities in their institutions and their communities. We commend all of the HEI participants for their commitment to providing inclusive care for all,” Alphonso David, HRC Foundation president, said in releasing the 13th annual report.

    A record 765 health care facilities participated in the HEI 2020 survey. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation provides a searchable database for the public to learn about hospitals near them.

  • Residency Research Curriculum Shown to Improve Productivity and Experience

    In a recent study conducted by PGY2 Resident Michael Liu, MD and other resident researchers, coordinated by Resident Research Director Philip Chan, MD, research productivity by Brown Internal Medicine residents was demonstrated to grow by a more than 6-fold increase in both manuscript publication as well as national conference presentation over the 5 year period from 2015-2019. The increase was attributed to the implementation of a new research curriculum and intern research retreat in 2016, providing our residents with skills and guidance towards successful scholarly pursuits and mentorship.

  • Department of Medicine Expands Bias Reduction Program

    June 30, 2020 marked the completion of the study component of the BRIM (Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine) project. This two-year program focused on faculty development efforts throughout the entire Department of Medicine addressing identification of implicit bias and mitigation techniques. Such techniques will be used by our faculty to assure and more inclusive, and welcoming environment for clinical education and research. Simultaneously, twelve Alpert Medical School Internal Medicine faculty members have been trained as workshop leaders and will present the workshops to all Internal Medicine residents beginning November 2020. Participation in the project is an important element in our department’s efforts to maintain and enhance a just learning environment for everyone.

  • COVID Pandemic Response Protocol

    In response to the Spring 2020 COVID Pandemic, the Brown Internal Medicine Residency Program followed a Pandemic Response Protocol from April through June 2020. In this protocol, educational conferences were suspended during April and May. Elective Rotations were cancelled, and Continuity Clinic experiences were converted to a Telemedicine Format. The entire residency program was converted to a “platoon” model of 7 days “in”/7 days “out”, in which half of all of our residents were assigned to General Medical Wards, COVID Units and Critical Care Units at any given time. The other half of our resident population conducted telemedicine visits with continuity clinic patients and was able to rest and mitigate coronavirus exposure and risk. For this three-month period, our residents and faculty performed in a typically exemplary manner. Throughout the Pandemic Response Protocol, residency leadership conducted daily communication updates with residents and faculty and weekly housestaff meetings were held to assure safety, situational awareness, and plan for resumption of normal operations, which occurred on July 1, 2020. While disruptive, this period provided valuable and tangible experience in teamwork, flexibility, and resilience. Updated Rhode Island Statewide COVID data may be found here.