Joseph Diaz, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH
Department of Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School
111 Brewster St
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Will Giordano-Pérez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
The concentration in Caring for Underserved Communities focuses on the impact of social determinants of health, culture, language and poverty on health status and health disparities. Our goal is to give students an early positive clinical experience with organizations providing primary care for vulnerable populations from their first year of medical school through graduation. We have developed partnerships with such community health centers as East Bay, Thundermist, Crossroads, SSTAR, Clinica Esperanza and the RI Free Clinic, the VA’s homeless clinic and the Department of Corrections, with the goal of having students engage with the same community health setting throughout their 4 years of med school. Students choose a site that reflects their own interests and goals.
Beginning in the spring of theirs first year, interested applicants meet with concentration directors to identify mentors and a research focus for their scholarly project which they complete in the summer of their first year. A dynamic second year seminar led by concentration directors helps concentrators develop the knowledge and skills needed to provide care, leadership and advocacy for underserved communities.
Concentrators have the opportunity to continue/complete their scholarly project during a scholarly elective in their 3rd or 4th year. By the end of the concentration, concentrators will have completed a capstone project and have had a longitudinal experience in a community health center or site serving an underserved community.