From Our Program Director

domtWelcome to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Brown! We hope that this website will describe some of the characteristics of 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.

Learning Internal Medicine requires a balance of experience, research and mentoring.

Experience is listed first since that is most important. 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 refers to the identification of gaps in knowledge and taking the steps necessary to fill those gaps – either through reading, study, or independent investigation.

Finally, mentoring refers to the partnership between residents and faculty 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.

The institutions at which Brown’s Internal Medicine Residency is based, together with Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital (both sharing the RIH campus) account for the great majority of acute medical care delivery in the State of Rhode Island. Our ambulatory care clinics and programs provide quality primary and specialty care throughout the state. 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 wealthy 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. Providence has been an active refugee resettlement destination since the 1950’s, most recently welcoming refugees from Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Togo, and the Ukraine. 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 I believe 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.

I hope this has given you a picture of our outstanding program. Three years of residency flies 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. I invite you to explore the site and contact any of us for more information.

Dominick Tammaro, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Residency Director