From Our Program Director

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Welcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brown!  We hope that this website will describe some of the core characteristics which define learning and practicing Internal Medicine here at Brown. To begin, I would like to highlight what I feel to be the 3 essential components of a quality clinical educational experience – components which I have dedicated my efforts to supporting for our residents:  experience, research and mentoring

Experience – Active engagement in the privilege of caring for fellow human beings in a time of need is unparalleled fuel for learning. Caring for patients and being responsible for decisions that guide such care is the “glue” that helps us all understand how to be doctors. 

Research – This refers to the identification of gaps in knowledge and taking the steps necessary to fill those gaps – either through reading, study, or independent investigation.

Mentoring – This partnership between residents and faculty defines the relationship in which we all work together to improve our knowledge and skills, all while improving the care of our patients.

Each of these three values is inadequate by itself. All three are required for learning. All three are promoted in our program every day.

Our hospitals, ambulatory care clinics and programs account for the great majority of high-quality primary and specialty medical care delivery in the State of Rhode Island. Our residents therefore see the medical conditions of a statewide patient cohort, an outstanding way in which to provide a great clinical experience within a context of population health.  Among that patient cohort, you will find a diverse patient population, including all socioeconomic strata, from the most privileged to the most vulnerable. Providence is a diverse city with more than 50 primary languages spoken in our city’s schools, reflecting many different racial and ethnic backgrounds the result of decades spent as an active refugee resettlement destination.  Our program also has close ties to the State Correctional System, Community Health Centers, and Rhode Island Department of Health.

No accounting of our program’s strengths would be complete without due credit to our most valued resource – our residents. Our residents take their responsibilities to their patients and to each other seriously. They are a bright, enthusiastic, and talented group of individuals who are fun to work with. They reflect not only the qualities we seek in colleagues but have chosen to come to Brown for the tenor of our program. They create an environment of mutual support which sets the tone for our work together.

Over the past 18 months, our hospitals, residents, and faculty have worked in an inspiring manner to care for patients infected with the novel coronavirus.  The COVID surges, while disruptive to our usual resident schedules and rotations, brought out an extraordinary demonstration of humanism, commitment, and professionalism amongst our residents and indeed amongst our entire GME and Nursing communities.  Together we have cared for victims of a new disease. Later, during that same Spring 2020, we marched together to promote racial justice and advocate for those whom our society has treated unfairly and denied opportunity.  Both activities are in keeping with the founding principles of Rhode Island’s founder, Roger Williams, and reflect core values of our program.

I hope this has given you a picture of Internal Medicine at Brown.  Three years of residency fly by – it is our job to help you make the most of your time here by providing a superb experience, ample opportunities for scholarship and research and thoughtful, resident-centered mentoring.

Dominick Tammaro, MD, MACP
Internal Medicine Residency Director


Program Director Internal Medicine Podcast

Dr. Tammaro recently recorded a podcast describing some features of the Brown Internal Medicine Residency Program. To listen to this podcast on Spotify, please click the link below…

Dr. Tammaro Podcast