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Brown University The Warren Alpert Medical School

Providence, RI
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222 Richmond Street, Box G-M

Providence, RI 02912

United States

Phone: 401-863-2149

Fax: 401-863-5096


Degrees / Programs
Degrees Offered / Length of Time: MD (4 years)
Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: MD/MPH (5 years); MD/MPP or MD/MPA (5 years)
Grading System: Satisfactory/No Credit in first year. Honors awarded in Clerkships and Electives.
Academic Information:
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University continues to update and revise its medical curriculum. This curriculum renewal aims to achieve several goals: the integration of science content between disciplines, the integration of science content with clinical medicine through the Doctoring course, and the promotion of scholarship and opportunities for creativity in the medical curriculum. The latter is being pursued through a Scholarly Concentrations Program that allows students to pursue academic and career goals both within and beyond the traditional areas of medical education. Students are encouraged to develop independent study options either at Brown or sites in the US or overseas. The Warren Alpert Medical School admits students through several routes of admissions: AMCAS (standard premedical); Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), an eight-year bachelors/MD combined degree program; Postbaccalaureate Linkages; and an Early Identification Program.
Basics Sciences:
Principles of patient care and the social and behavioral aspects of medicine are integrated into the basic science curriculum. The first two years are organized into semesters. During the fall semester of year one, students participate in two courses: Integrated Medical Sciences (IMS) and Doctoring. IMS sections include the Scientific Foundations of Medicine, Histology, Anatomy, and Pathology. During the spring semester, the IMS sections include Brain Sciences, Integrated Endocrine Sciences and Microbiology/ Infectious Diseases, which again are coordinated with the content of Doctoring. The basic science courses are taught primarily through lectures and labs but also utilizing small-group teaching and clinical correlations. The Integrated Pathophysiology/Pathology/Pharmacology/Epidemiology course provides the structure for year two, which is organized around organ systems such as: Cardiovascular, Renal, Hematology, Pulmonary, Human Reproduction, Gastroenterology, Supporting Structures, and Endocrine. Doctoring II rounds out the second-year curriculum. Preclinical instruction takes place primarily in the new Medical Education Building, situated between Brown's campus and the primary teaching hospitals. The Science Library is fully computerized, with access to 250 online database systems. Medical students have access to all of Brown's academic facilities, including the main library, housing two million volumes. Grading in the first two years is primarily Satisfactory/No Credit, with Honors awarded in some IMS sections.
Clinical Training:
Patient contact begins in the first year with Doctoring, a two-year clinical skills course. In each semester of Doctoring, students spend one half-day per week at a community site with a physician-mentor, where theoretical concepts are applied to a real-world setting. Formal clinical training, consisting of required core rotations and electives, occupies years three and four. In total, 50 weeks are devoted to core clerkships and 30 weeks to electives. Requirements are: Medicine (12 weeks); Surgery (6 weeks); Pediatrics (6 weeks); Ob/Gyn (6 weeks); Family Medicine (6 weeks); Psychiatry (6 weeks); Community Health (6 weeks); Subinternship (4 weeks); and a Longitudinal Ambulatory Clerkship (one half-day per week for 26 weeks). Clinical training takes place at seven affiliated teaching hospitals in the Providence area: Bradley Hospital; Butler Hospital; The Miriam Hospital; Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island; Rhode Island Hospital; Hasbro Children's Hospital; V.A. Medical Center; and Women and Infants� Hospital. The hospitals attract an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population. Noteworthy areas of clinical care and research include Child/Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatric Care, Global Health, Cancer, AIDS/HIV, Artificial Organs, and Diabetes Treatment and Management. Evaluation of clinical performance uses an Honors/Satisfactory/No Credit scale supplemented by narratives. Students are required to take the USMLE Steps 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS) prior to graduation.
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Student Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Total Faculty: 2,121
% Part-Time: 61%
% Female: 39%
% Minority: 14%
Notable Faculty:
NameTitleSpecialtyFields of Endeavor
David Savitz, PhDVice-President for Research, Professor of Epidemiology and OB/GYNPreventive medicine and biometricsEnvironmental exposures affecting health
Casey Dunn, PhDAssistant Professor of BiologyEvolutionary BiologyAnimal evolution and origins of biological complexity
John Donoghue, PhD, MSProfessor of Neuroscience, Director of Brown Institute for Brain SciencesBrainGate Neural Interface systemNeurotechnology and rehabilitation
Diane Lipscombe, PhDProfessor of NeuroscienceCellular mechanisms and functioningCalcium ion channels and neuronal functions
Thomas O'Toole, MDProfessor of MedicineQuality of life and preventive medicineNational medical care for homeless veterans
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Academic Services Offered
Minority Support Groups: Yes
Women Support Groups: Yes
International Student Support Groups: Yes
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Groups: Yes
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