A Distinct Approach to Medical Education

Brown’s medical students move seamlessly between classrooms, labs, and our partner hospitals. Before they even finish their medical degree, our students are already making tremendous contributions to research and the community. The world needs what they have to offer and, because of philanthropic support, Brown can help meet that need.

Financial aid is often the deciding factor for students when comparing prospective schools. Increased scholarship funding is essential for Brown to remain competitive in attracting the highest caliber candidates.

A gift to financial aid for Brown medical students will:

  • Support a pipeline of physicians prepared for the future of health care.
  • Mitigate physician shortages by giving new graduates greater financial freedom to choose the best specialty for them, regardless of compensation.
  • Diversify the physician workforce by making a career in medicine more accessible to the most gifted students, regardless of financial status.

71 %

of medical students receive scholarship aid

$ 44,500

average loan per student (each year)

$ 154,473

average debt at graduation for a Brown medical student

During their time at Brown, students are encouraged to pursue important and rigorous study beyond their regular medical coursework—experiences explicitly designed to prepare them to address the complexities of modern medicine. These experiences, supported by medical student research funds, are a vital part of the educational experience. But under our current financial constraints, Brown is only able to fund 76% of medical student requests for stipends to conduct research or present their work at national and international conferences.

Opening Doors


Krissia Rivera Perla ’15 MD’21 discusses her Brown experience to date and her plans to parlay her education and skills into better care for patients.

Ways You Can Support Medical Education

Full Ride Medical Scholarship

Full ride scholarships exist in perpetuity and provide tuition and living expenses for a deserving student for their four years of medical school.

Endowed Medical Scholarship

Medical scholarships exist in perpetuity and provide financial aid to deserving students with demonstrated financial need.

Physician-Scientist Training (MD/PhD) Program Fund

Support for students participating in Brown's robust joint graduate program in medicine (MD) and biological science (PhD) will allow us to markedly increase the number of training slots, enhance the programmatic offerings with a particular focus on career trajectories and, most importantly, matriculate the strongest students.

Medical Student Research Fund

These funds exist in perpetuity and allow our future physicians to engage in biomedical or basic science research, clinical service and community health outreach programs, and global health projects.

Brown's MD/PhD Program


Through the MD/PhD and Advanced Training Program, we are training the next generation of physician-scientists who will advance translational research.

For information about specific giving opportunities, please contact:

Cailie Burns
Associate Dean for Biomedical Advancement
+1 (401) 863-1635