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

Middle School, High School, and Undergraduate Students

Learn more about pipeline programs at Brown designed to provide middle school, high school, and undergraduate college students with the opportunity to explore careers in medicine.

Middle School Students

Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls, RI, is the inaugural site for SMART Plus — a professional pathways initiative designed provide inspiration, mentorship and health education in classrooms.

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Meeting Medicine in the Middle, will engage directly with eighth-grade students in the Central Falls School District and is aimed to educate and empower them by offering a two-pronged program consisting of both partnerships between students at Calcutt Middle School and Alpert Medical School students in addition to the execution of medically focused educational programming. This program intends to serve as part of the new pipeline program that will be established at Calcutt Middle School and facilitated by Brown University, as part of the SMART clinic plus initiative. 


High School Students

HealthCORE is a two-week program aimed to expose students to the different career opportunities in healthcare, teach them important skills, and connect them with individuals who could help foster their interests. HealthCORE’s  objectives are to provide students with a better understanding of healthcare professions, increase their interest in medicine, and help them develop tangible skills to make informed decisions about their future careers. The program takes places in the summer, and the students attend daily lectures and panel sessions led by healthcare professionals from various fields. The students also gained hands-on experience in the anatomy lab and practiced clinical skills by working with mock patients and practicing vital signs.  Historically underrepresented high school students from Rhode Island are highly encouraged to apply.

The next HealthCORE program will be held in July 8, 2024 - July 19, 2024. Application process opens April 2024.

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The MEETS program is to provide early exposure and resources for students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to surgical specialties. MEETS will engage directly with high school students in the Central Falls and Pawtucket School District who are interested in learning more about surgery-focused careers in the medical field by hosting a series of lessons and workshops that introduce several surgical subspecialties, as well as basic surgical techniques for hands-on exposure.  The next MEETS program will be held in April 15th - April 19, 2024.

This is a no credit, non-degree program.

The Summer Enrichment Program exposes high school students from economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented backgrounds to career possibilities in basic and translational scientific research in pathology.  Students are placed in an immersive work environment within individual research labs where they can interact directly with junior and senior scientists.


Pathways is a student mentorship program that links local high school students in Rhode Island with professional student mentors from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and our partner schools in an effort to enrich, inspire, and educate.

Alpert Medical School students, Bryant Physician Assistant students, Johnson and Wales Physician Assistant students, URI Pharmacy students, and URI Nursing students will be participating as mentors for the 2024/2025 year.

Pathways: The Pipeline Mentorship Program featured in News from Brown!

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During this 1-week summer enrichment course, high school students from Central Falls High School and Shea High School will have an opportunity to experience interactive and hands-on experiences in medicine and science. Participants are exposed to panels/workshops that introduce careers in health professions and are provided with mentorship from health professionals and medical students. The next Week of Medical School program will be held July 8, 2024 - July 12, 2024.

This is a no-credit, non-degree program.

Undergraduate Students

The Clinical Exposure to Neurology and Neurology (CEINN) is a free 3-week summer pathway program designed to provide an opportunity for rising University of Rhode Island (URI) sophomores from historically marginalized communities and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to explore careers in neurology and neurosurgery. Students will be placed in an immersive work environment within clinical spaces where they can interact directly with physicians and other healthcare professionals. The program will include opportunities for professional development, reflection, and project-based exploration within neurology and neurosurgery.

Eligibility: Highly motivated rising URI sophomores from historically marginalized communities or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

Students from the following backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Those from groups who are historically underrepresented in medicine
  • First family member to attend college
  • Coming from low socioeconomic means
  • Residents of Rhode Island 

Application Deadline: January 31st, 11:59 pm 
Program Dates: May 13th - May 31, 2024

Applicants will receive a decision by the end of March.

Participants will be paid $900 after completion of the program and are expected to attend every session. Bus passes are available to those in need of transportation.

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This 4-week summer program for pre-medical students provides participants with a “snapshot” of the medical school experience.  This program will allow students to experience medical school-level coursework and promote their academic development while enhancing their competitiveness as a medical school applicant.

The core of this three-week experience includes:

  • lectures that replicate course materials covered in the first few weeks of medical school. 

  • panels/workshops about applying to medical school and careers in medicine.

  • mentoring and advising from medical school faculty and current medical students

  • introduction to clinical medicine

This will be a hybrid in-person and virtual program for summer 2024. This is a no-credit, non-degree program.

Program Dates: June 3, 2024 - June 28, 2024

Funding: A stipend will be included for participants

Students from the following backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • those from groups who are historically underrepresented in medicine*

  • first family member to attend college

  • coming from low socioeconomic means

  • residents of Rhode Island

How to Apply: https://forms.gle/wKYmNJTG55yxAqB97

“On the Horizon: Applying to Medical School” is hosted by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) in collaboration with the Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OBEDI) and the Latino Medical Students Association (LMSA) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Pre-medical students from all Rhode Island and Massachusetts area colleges are invited for a half-day of presentations and workshops. Underrepresented undergraduate students will be provided with pertinent information about applying to medical school. Workshops will include information about studying for the MCAT, financing applications and medical school, the admissions process, self-care and wellness. There will also be an optional walk-through of the AMCAS application.

On the Horizon event details should be made available in winter.

The Leadership Alliance Physician-Scientist track of the Brown University SR-EIP is a collaborative initiative with the Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The summer enrichment program provides rising Junior and Senior undergraduate students with a fully paid nine week internship with an MD/PhD Faculty Mentor. After being accepted into the program, students are matched with a laboratory of interest in  their preferred research area noted in their SR-EIP application.  Placement ultimately depends on the availability of faculty mentors and the appropriateness of the lab for a summer researcher.  Accepted students receive a competitive stipend, a single room in an apartment in a Brown residence hall, and reimbursement for round-trip travel to Brown University.     

Students work closely with a faculty advisor on the university's main campus or in one of the hospitals affiliated with the Alpert Medical School. Participants work full-time in their research environment receiving practical training in academic research under the guidance of their faculty mentor.  Additionally, participants attend weekly study group sessions, dinner meetings, and discussion groups allowing students to learn more about research collaborations and the graduate school experience.  All students are required to complete a research proposal, create a poster to present at a university-wide undergraduate conference, and prepare a poster or an oral presentation of their summer research project to be presented at the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

Students participating in the MD/PhD track are given opportunities to participate in clinical shadowing experiences with physicians in the Providence community. Examples of previous participating specialties include Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Pulmonology, and Emergency Medicine.  In addition, students participate in weekly MD didactic sessions offering them experiences and exposure to medical education and clinical medicine. Weekly sessions coordinated during the summer introduced students to the medical school application process, clinical skills related to performing a physical examination and interview with a standardized patient, an overview of the anatomy lab, and discussion panels with MD/PhD Faculty and current medical students. 

How to Apply

The Leadership Alliance application instructions provide the SR-EIP eligibility and application requirements as well as Frequently Asked Questions. The application deadline is typically in February. Interested students must ensure their entire SR-EIP Online Application is received by the deadline.


Typically in March


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