Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program trains physicians to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art emergency care for critically ill and injured children, while simultaneously developing skilled teachers and academic clinicians who are well-versed in research methodology and educational scholarship.

Program Highlights

  • Providing trainees with a strong foundation in all aspects of pediatric emergency medicine, encouraging them to develop their own clinical and academic expertise and niche in the field
  • Participation in an advanced degree/ coursework, with the opportunity to complete a Masters in Public Health, or Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research at the Brown University School of Public Health.
  • Individualized curricula for fellows to hone their interests and skills in one of six scholarly areas of concentration. Each concentration provides comprehensive development in clinical, research, administrative, and educational skills with dedicated faculty.
  • Graduated clinical autonomy starting in the first year of fellowship, with independent clinical practice in the ED by the third year
  • Advanced training in education, including simulation and debriefing, development of a teaching portfolio, and feedback on teaching style such that each graduating fellow has expertise as an educator

Academic Tracks

Fellows are asked to choose one of seven academic tracks to individualize their scholarly work based on their area of interest*.

Medical Education
Contact: Lauren Allister and Chris Merritt
Contact: Erika Constantine and Almaz Dessie
Contact: Linda Brown and Robyn Wing
Quality Improvement
Contact: Sara Holmstrom
Global Health
Contact: Alicia Genisca
Digital Innovations and Technology
Contact: Mark Zonfrillo
Health Disparities and Social Advocacy
Contact: Megan Beucher and Almaz Dessie

*If a fellow has a scholarly interest that does not fit an already established track, there are abundant opportunities to tailor a novel track to fit that interest.

Life of a Fellow

PEM fellows spend time each month clinically in the ED, leading/participating in didactic sessions, and pursuing their individual academic interests – completing advanced coursework, research projects, and extra time within their scholarly areas of concentration. This mirrors the schedule of a Brown PEM faculty member. 

Three Year Curriculum | Pediatric Residency Graduates

Year One
Pediatric EM (5.5 months)
Ultrasound (1 month)
Adult EM (1 month)
Orthopedics (1 month)
Child Protection Team (1 month)
Toxicology (1 month)
Adult Trauma (1 month)
Anesthesia (2 weeks)

Year Two
Pediatric EM (5 months)
Ultrasound (1 month)
Adult EM (1 month)
Plastics (1 month)
PICU (1 month)
Elective (3 months)

Year Three
Pediatric EM (6.5 months)
Anesthesia (2 weeks)
Adult Critical Care ED (1 month)
EMS (1 month)
Elective (3 months)

Two Year Curriculum | Emergency Medicine Graduates

Year One
Pediatric EM (6 months)
PICU (1 month)
Anesthesia (2 weeks)
Child Protection Team (1 month)
Elective (3.5 months)

Year Two
Pediatric EM (6 months)
PICU (1 month)
Anesthesia (2 weeks)
NICU (1 month)
Elective (4.5 months)

Optional Year Three
Masters in Medical Education, Public Health or Clinical & Translational Research at the Brown School of Public Health, or combined EMS fellowship 

We are committed to promoting a culture that celebrates diversity and fosters inclusion.
Brown Emergency Medicine is proud to serve a community that includes a diverse cultural and socioeconomic mix. Our institution is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the healthcare field by supporting our faculty and housestaff and training them to provide care for the specific needs of these community groups. We are devoted to providing a supportive space to all housestaff and learning opportunities to improve culturally competent patient care.


BROWN EM Minority Visiting Scholars Program
One month elective for either pediatric or emergency medicine residents to develop mentoring relationships with faculty as well as work clinically in the Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department.

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Discussing Anti-Racism & Equity (DARE-EM)

An educational intervention aimed at emergency medicine frontline providers.
Curriculum Highlights Include :
- Conferences dedicated to anti-racism & equity topics    
- High Fidelity Simulation Sessions
- Reading groups, film screenings & other art showings 
- Review of institutional specific data to track and change racial disparities

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Brown Advocates for Social Change and Equity (BASCE Program)
A year-long program supported by the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs that seeks to develop healthcare leaders who have an aptitude and passion for engaging their peers in dialogue around issues of racism, cultural diversity, inclusion, social justice, and health equity.

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Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA)
The Brown Minority Housestaff Association is a resident/fellow run organization that helps promote diversity and inclusion within the hospital and graduate medical education communities. Every year, the organization sponsors lectureships and community outreach opportunities that housestaff can participate in. BMHA also works closely with the Brown University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Furthermore, residents can serve as mentors to rising medical students as they navigate choosing a specialty and applying for the match.

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Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance (BSGMA)
The Brown Sexual and Gender Minority Alliance (BSGMA) was created to ensure LGBTQ+ representation within the residency programs and institution, to enhance mentoring opportunities with the medical school and to improve the LGBTQ+ educational content within residency training.  By increasing provider knowledge, we hope to better address the healthcare disparities that afflict our community. Supported by a GME Wellness grant.

Committee on Anti-Racism and Health Equity
The Brown Medical School and Lifespan GME leadership recognize racism as a public health emergency that threatens our ability to achieve health equity. Our shared values – Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence – leave no room for racism or injustice. We must continue to have zero tolerance for any acts that are not in keeping with our values. In the words of Angela Davis, “it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.” Lifespan formed an advisory committee, charged with advising executive leadership on anti-racism and health equity strategies to implement across our system. This standing committee is made up of about 30 members, with representation from across affiliates, job roles, and demographics.

Medical Education through Diversity (MED)
Medical Education through Diversity (MED) Talks is a speaker series initiated in 2015 as a means of creating and facilitating dialogue between patients and the medical community that cares for them. Representatives from minority populations are invited as panelists and asked to share their cultural values and reflect on how such perspectives influence their interface with the medical system and their healthcare providers. Audience members are encouraged to ask difficult ethical questions aimed at increasing provider understanding of the most  culturally competent and humble care. This project is supported by grants from the Gold Foundation and funds from the Brown Minority Housestaff Association. Past panels have explored bias and disparity amongst the following groups and communities: refugees, LGBTQ youth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, incarcerated patients, homeless patients, veterans, patients suffering from obesity, victims of sexual assault and trafficking, and those with histories of trauma.


Mentorship is a core component in the development of clinical and research skills as well as career advancement. We have developed a multi-pronged approach to mentorship that ensures that each fellow feels supported in every activity of fellowship. Additionally, we believe that excellent mentorship early in training helps fellows understand how to seek out mentors throughout their careers and become excellent mentors themselves.

Scholarly Concentration Mentorship

Each scholarly concentration within our fellowship has a designated director who serves as the mentor for each fellow on that track. Directors meet with each fellow regularly and help fellows:

  • Design and carry out projects
  • Coordinate with other faculty members within and outside of the division
  • Prepare local, regional and national presentations
  • Prepare work for publication
  • Strategize long terms career goals within each niche area
Research Mentorship

The ACGME requires that each fellow complete a scholarly product to graduate fellowship. Fellows have the benefit of fellowship leadership, their scholarly concentration directors and a dedicated faculty with whom they can vet and develop ideas. Once a fellow decides on a project, a faculty member with expertise and experience in this area is paired with the fellow to oversee the project as it moves forward. The Scholarly Oversight Committee (SOC), comprised of skilled research faculty within and outside of our division, meet twice yearly with each fellow individually to help advance their research projects.

Clinical Mentorship

In the first year of fellowship, each fellow is asked to identify a faculty member with whom they feel a kinship on a clinical and personal level to serve as his/her/their clinical mentor. This is intentionally a fellow-selected faculty member separate from the existing mentors in research and the scholarly concentration. The clinical mentor is intended to serve as an additional support for the fellow: to discuss clinical cases, work life balance, career decisions and any other topics that arise during fellowship.

Our Recent Alumni


Joshua Meyer, MD - Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA

Lauren Vrablik, MD - Goryeb Children's Hospital, Morristown, NJ


Hannah Barber-Doucet, MD, MPH - Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Rebecca Levin, MD, MPH - Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA


Sakina Sojar, MD - Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI

Hoi See Tsao, MD, MPH - UT Southwestern Children's Hospital, Dallas, Texas


Natasha Gill, MD, MPH - Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Laura Mercurio, MD - Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI


Julie Leviter, MD- Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, New Haven, CT

Matthew Lecuyer, MD, MPH- Children's National Health System, Washington, DC


Max Rubinstein, MD- Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH

Stephanie Ruest, MD, MPH- Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI


Almaz Dessie, MD- Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI

Elizabeth Prabhu, MD- New York Presbyterian/Columbia, New York, NY


Robyn Wing, MD, MPH- Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, RI

Mariann Nocera, MD- Connecticut Children's Hospital, Hartford, CT


Marleny Franco, MD- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadephia, PA


Therese Canares, MD- John's Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Frances Turcotte Benedict, MD, MPH- Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO

Interview season will once again be virtual.

The fellowship team will be reviewing applications in late July and we will be sending out interview invitations in the beginning of September.

We are accepting applications for 2 positions from physicians who have completed either a pediatric or an emergency medicine residency. Rhode Island Hospital sponsors both J-1 visas as well as H-1B visas (if the applicant has graduated from a United States medical school) for exceptional applicants.

Virtual interviews through the Zoom platform will be held on consecutive Tuesdays from the end of September through the beginning of November.

Your Interview Day will Include:

  • A welcome and introduction from the program director
  • Several one on one interviews with selected faculty
  • Dedicated meeting time with our current fellows
  • Attendance at our weekly academic conference
  • A virtual tour of the pediatric emergency department at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Although a virtual platform cannot replace the chance to meet our faculty and fellows in person, we hope that you still will be able to get a sense of our program, our personality, and have the chance to ask any questions you might have!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at any time.

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