Division of Biology and Medicine
Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

History and Mission

The BMHA is an organization that strives to promote the advancement of underrepresented housestaff through community building, mentorship, networking, and advocacy. BMHA was started in 2013 by 4 residents in the medicine, pediatrics, med-peds, and emergency medicine departments. Since then, we have emerged as a leading inter-departmental force on campus that now spans across all departments to help address disparity, health equity, racism, and diversity in medicine. We seek to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty as well as residents and fellows.

We are a very active group that holds quarterly general body meetings, hosts monthly social events, participates in volunteer opportunities, and sits on multiple hospital boards to help increase our visibility and influence on campus. We recognize the extent to which diversity enriches and expands our collective capabilities, so that we may serve our patients in an informed, appropriate, and ultimately meaningful way. We believe that it is incumbent upon us to promote a culture of inclusiveness, where a diverse physician workforce can learn, thrive, and, most importantly, meet the needs of the communities for whom we care.

To achieve these ends, BMHA’s primary goals are:

  1. To provide a social and professional support network for underrepresented minority house staff at all member institutions.
  2. To create an environment that encourages minority residents to succeed in the workplace through networking and career development advice and support.
  3. To improve diversity at our member institutions by actively recruiting outstanding underrepresented minority students into our residency programs.
  4. To be a resource for the community at large through health education and outreach programs.



Get to know the Brown Minority Houstaff Association.


Ogechukwu Ezike

Ogechukwu Ezike - Co-President

Esther Henebeng

Esther Henebeng - Co-President

Alexandra Belzie

Alexandra Belzie - Secretary

Shana Talbot

 Shana Talbot - Secretary 

Evelisse Viamonte

Evelisse Viamonte - Social Media Co-Chair

Ana Ravelo

Ana Ravelo - Social Media Co-Chair

Edith Antonio

Edith Antonio Recruitment Co-Chair

Rodolfo Ferandez

Rodolfo Fernandez Recruitment Co-Chair

Shamara Battle.

Shamara Battle - Student National Medical Association (SNMA) & Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Liaison

Upcoming Events

MS4 Pre-Interview Chat 
October 2023

Homecoming Alma Mater
November 2023

Ugly Sweater Karaoke 
Mid- December 2023

Second Look 
February 2024

Transition to M3 Panel 
April 2024

Early June 2024

Contact Us

For more information about the Brown Minority Housestaff Association (BMHA), follow us on our social media channels or email us directly at Bmhabrownuniversity@gmail.com/