welcome from our program director

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Hasbro Children’s Hospital! Thank you for your interest in our program.

Our mission at Brown is to provide a world-class education for our residents in an environment which fosters self-directed learning, meaningful mentorship and collaboration. We are passionate about the care of children, and our residents have the opportunity to learn, teach and provide state-of-the-art care in multiple clinical settings with a diverse patient population.

Just as each patient is unique, so is each trainee. We strive to create a learning environment that is dynamic and responds to the individual needs of each resident while remaining anchored to our core values of advocacy, inquiry, diversity and innovation. The residents who choose to train with us graduate with a mastery of clinical skills, but also a deep understanding of how social responsibility,  community engagement, research and activism are all powerful tools to help further children’s health.

Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc
Pediatric Residency Program Director
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Hasbro Children’s Hospital


Check out Cribsider’s new podcast episode on “Gender Affirming Care: Gender Care for the Primary Care Pediatrician” written and produced by Becca Raymond-Kolker (incoming Med-Peds PGY1) featuring Michelle Forcier, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University) as the guest speaker! Dr. Forcier teaches us how to use a developmental model of gender identity for all of our patients, how clinics can create a safe and supportive environment, breaks down the variety of social, legal, medical, and surgical options that can be a part of gender affirmation, and how to support families in loving and supporting their kids and adolescents.

Gender Affirming Care


Congratulations to our new intern class who will be joining our Brown Peds Family!

New interns 2021-2022

We are pleased to announce Rachel Buckle-Rashid (’22) and Cristina Alcorta MD (’22) will be the 2022-2023 Pediatric Chief Residents.

Congratulations to Aaron Brug (PGY-2), Paula Lewis-de Los Angeles (PGY-2, Triple Board), Kenzie Daniels (PGY04, Med Peds), and Chase Pribble (PGY-1, Triple Board) on being selected as a “positive champion of the learning environment” of Alpert Medical School. They were nominated by students who identified faculty members who represent the most positive examples of teaching and doctoring.  

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates on becoming board certified pediatricians! 100% of our Peds residents passed the boards!

Rhode Island made Travel + Leisure’s Top 50 Places to Travel to in 2021! https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2021

Congratulations to our residents who matched into pediatric fellowships!

Match 2020

Congratulations to Bruna Olson (PGY-2) for her image publication on the Journal of Pediatrics. https://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(20)31089-1/fulltext

Check out Cribsider’s new podcast episode on “Race Correction in the UTI Guidelines” produced by Justin Berk (Med-Peds Faculty, Hospitalist Attending) featuring Patricia Poitevien (Program Director) as the guest speaker! So proud to have such a strong advocate as our program director who is committed to health equity and anti-racism!
The Brown Internal Medicine-Pediatrics podcast produced by our very own Justin Berk (Faculty, Hospitalist Attending) is officially up and running! Below are links to the podcast (it can also be found on any podcast app when searching Brown Pediatrics) and an MP3 attachment. 

Congratulations to Shayla Durfey (PGY-2) who was selected to give a MedEd Talk at Brown University on interesting and innovative education ideas. MedEd Talks will be on held virtually on November 5th. 

Congratulations to all of our residents who presented at AAP and a special congratulations to Carly Schmidt (PGY-3, rising chief) who was awarded the “AAP Section on Transport Medicine Best Abstract by a Trainee Award” at the AAP Conference for her oral presentation on “Use of Transport Illness Severity Scores to Predict Risk of Clinical Deterioration in Transported Patients.” 

Rachel Buckle-Rachid (PGY-2) was selected as a 2020 ASN Kidney STARS award recipient.

Aaron Brug (PGY-2) was selected for the position of District Resident CATCH Liaison (DRL) to represent the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Program in District I.

Heather Edward (PGY-3) published her 55-word story from our wellness report and was featured on the new AAMC website. Click here to read her story

Paula Lewis-de los Angeles MD, PhD (Triple Board PGY-2) & William Lewis-de los Angeles (Primary Care Attending) published their 55-word story from our wellness report and was featured on the new AAMC website. Click here to read her story

Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc (Program Director) was featured on Medscape for her commentary on racism in medicine. Click here to read the full commentary.

Congratulations to Alexis Thompson MD (Chief Resident) and Vanessa Ogueri MD (’21) were selected as resident representatives to the new Lifespan Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism and Health Equity.

Melissa Rodriguez MD (’21) was selected as the 2020-2021 recipient for the APPD Scholarship which provides professional development and mentorship support for pediatric residents underrepresented in medicine interested in careers in medical education leadership.

Carly Schmidt MD (’21) and Jess Kelly MD (’21) were awarded a CATCH Grant from the AAP for their project titled “Assessing Cardiac Arrest Preparedness in Schools,” which will focus on gathering data on the current state of CPR and AED training in RI high schools.

We are delighted to share that our own program director Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc was elected to be the President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).

The 2019-2020 NPPD Research Grant was awarded to Kimberly Betts MD (’20) for her project entitled “The Impact of the Reflective Narrative Passport Program on Physician Trainees” Experience and Perceptions. The 2019-2020 NPPD Research Grant was awarded to Kimberly Betts (’20) for her project entitled “The Impact of the Reflective Narrative Passport Program on Physician Trainees” Experience and Perceptions.

We are pleased to announce MaryAlice Brislin MD (’21) and Carly Schmidt MD (’21) will be the 2021-2022 Pediatric Chief Residents.