Division of Biology and Medicine
Office of Women in Medicine & Science

Parents & Families

Resources for parents and families at Brown.

Parenting in Medicine

There are many questions and issues related to becoming a parent while in medical training. Below we have compiled some links to help explore support services and programs here at Brown and beyond.

Parenting Support Subcommittee

The priorities of this OWIMS subcommittee are to support faculty, house staff, and students who are parenting while working in medicine and science. Current initiatives include:

- Collaborating across institutions to support new parents with lactation and breastfeeding

- Demystifying parental leave policies for students, house staff, and faculty

- Sponsoring a lecture series featuring parenting topics including:

• Applying for residency while pregnant or planning to have children
• Sub-specialty specific advice for pregnancy and parenting
• Thriving in medical school as a parent
• Experiences with Adoption
• Addressing Infertility Issues
• Balancing parenting young children with the demands of an early-career faculty position
• Practical aspects of being a new mom or dad

Current subcommittee members are: Drs. Allison Brindle, Martha Kole, Katie Sharkey, Robyn Wing, and Iris Tong.

Family Friendly at Brown

Competing demands can make achieving a balanced professional and personal life challenging at every career stage. The University has established a number of policies and programs designed to help faculty members create a better work-life balance. For an overview and more details, please visit the links below.


The mission of MomDocFamily is to provide mentorship and support for women physicians facing the challenges and rewards of combining a medical career with motherhood.