Care New England Collaborating with Brown University to Offer Medical Students a Unique Opportunity in the Healthcare Industry

(Providence, RI) – Care New England (CNE) has announced that it is partnering with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (“Brown”) to offer medical students the opportunity to serve as an Epic Physician Builder/Informaticist. The medical students will work at CNE under the supervision of a Brown faculty member and receive a stipend.

“At Care New England, we are pleased to partner with Brown and the outstanding medical students at The Warren Alpert Medical School, to provide them with a truly unique opportunity to learn the digital tools of the trade while still in school, putting them ahead of the game upon graduation,” said Tom Gregorio, Chief Information Officer, Care New England Health System.

He added, “As part of the Physician Builder team, medical students will be planning, designing, and building content for medical or surgical specialties within CNE’s Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system, which is a hands-on opportunity not ordinarily available to medical students.” 

In this role, medical students will:

•    Gain experience and proficiency as physician builders in Epic EMR, the EMR vendor with the largest share of the acute care hospital market.
•    Learn how an EMR is built and learn how to use documentation tools to create items such as SmartTexts, SmartLists, and Smart Phrases and ordering tools that are used to create order sets and panels.
•    Collaborate with users, clinician champions, and department executive leadership to gain an understanding of current state workflow and help inform future workflows that will provide opportunities for streamlining and promoting efficiencies.

This year-long program will be offered to Brown medical students from April 29, 2024, through April 25, 2025.   

"We are excited to partner with Care New England to offer this unique educational opportunity to our medical students,” said Steven Rougas, MD, MS, FACEP, Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Director of the Clinical Curriculum at The Warren Alpert Medical School. “As future clinical providers, access to and experience with developing EMR content is critical in today's digital technology landscape. This experience will complement the strong curricular foundation students are provided at The Warren Alpert Medical School through real-world immersion in the design and implementation process." 

Rising fourth-year medical students at Brown who are interested in bioinformatics and electronic health records are encouraged to apply. 

Care New England anticipates this will be a full-time (40 hours/week) position for the length of the program. 

The deadline for submission is February 21, 2024.

About Care New England
Care New England Health System is a trusted organization that fuels the latest advances in medical research, attracts the nation’s top specialty-trained doctors, hones renowned services and innovative programs, and engages in the important discussions people need to have about their health and end-of-life wishes. Care New England is helping to transform the future of health care, providing a leading voice in the ongoing effort to ensure the health of the individuals and communities we serve.

CNE was founded in 1996, and today it is the parent organization of Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Care New England Medical Group, the VNA of Care New England, The Providence Center, and Integra, a certified accountable care organization (ACO). Care New England includes 970 licensed beds and 216 infant bassinets. Through Butler, Kent, and Women & Infants hospitals, Care New England has a teaching and research affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Kent is also a teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.