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.


Parent Ice Cream Social!

A group of our Internal Medicine Attendings, including Drs. Ann Ding, Sarah Freeman, and Vidya Gopinath, recently organized an Ice Cream Social for residents and their partners with children to enjoy a sunny Rhode Island summer day! See below for some great pictures.

What's New

  • Ann Ding, MD wins Hafenreffer House Staff Excellence Award

    Ann Ding, MD, a graduate of our Medicine-Pediatrics Program and Chief Resident for 2022-2023 was awarded the prestigious Hafenreffer Family House Staff Excellence Award in May 2023.

    The Haffenreffer Family House Staff Excellence Awards program was first held in 1946 and has been offered annually since 1967. Candidates include residents, chief residents and fellows in their final year of training who are nominated by their program director or department chief. A special review committee then selects awardees based on their exceptional qualities in clinical services, professionalism, leadership and stewardship, and/or scholarly activity and research.

  • Annual Beckwith Teaching Awards Announced

    The annual Department of Medicine teaching awards were recently announced, recognizing some of our truly exceptional educators including the following faculty who work regularly with our residents:

    Sarah Freeman, MD
    General Internal Medicine

    Drew Nagle, MD
    General Internal Medicine

    Dana Guyer, MD
    Palliative Care Medicine

    Jennie Johnson, MD
    Infectious Diseases

    Anthony Reginato, MD, PhD

    Natasha Rybak, MD
    Infectious Diseases

  • New Chief Residents AY 2024-2025 Named

    Brown IM Program Leaders announced the new Chief Residents selected for the Academic Year 2024-2025:

    Zain Alfanek, MD
    University of Arkansas

    Hannah Fiske, MD
    Tulane University

    Prashanth Moku, MD
    Pennsylvania State University

    Jasneet Singh, MD
    Ohio State University

    Charity Sylvester, MD
    Louisiana State University

  • 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.

  • Department of Medicine Implements JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Curriculum

    Dr. Debasree Banerjee (Pulmonary/Critical Care) has developed a seven-module anti-racism curriculum titled JEDI, which has been implemented for Department of Medicine faculty in the Divisions of Pulmonary/Critical Care, General Internal Medicine, and infectious Diseases. This curriculum was developed with grant support from the Department of Medicine and will be implemented for all faculty over the coming academic year. This new program complements the BRIM (Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine) workshop which has been conducted with faculty and residents in Internal Medicine at Brown for the since 2018. In June 2021, BRIM Facilitators from the Department of Medicine conducted the workshop, originally developed at the University of Wisconsin, for all incoming interns from all residency programs at Brown.