The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (formerly known as Brown Medical School) is the medical school of Brown University. It has an enrollment of 410 students. and is overseen by the current Brown University Dean of Biological and Medical Sciences, Dr. Edward J. Wing, M.D. It is currently ranked 31st among U.S. medical schools for research and 23rd for primary care, according to US News and World Report.
The University's medical program started in 1811, but the school was suspended by President Wayland in 1827. The medical school was restarted in 1972 as the Program in Medicine and the first M.D. degrees of the modern era were awarded to a graduating class of 58 students in 1975. The Program in Medicine was renamed Brown University School of Medicine in 1991 and again to Brown Medical School in 2000.
In January 2007, self-made entrepreneur Warren Alpert donated $100 million to Brown Medical School, tying Sidney Frank for the largest single monetary contribution ever made to the University. In recognition of the gift, Brown Medical School was renamed to The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The funds are expected to contribute to the construction of a new medical school building, medical student scholarships (through the Warren Alpert Scholars Program), support for biomedical research and faculty recruitment, and new endowed professorships.
In 1984, Brown endorsed an eight-year medical program called the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). Prospective students apply to this eight-year program, considered one of the most selective programs of any university in the nation, before they begin their undergraduate education. Each year, approximately 60 students matriculate out of an applicant pool of about 1,700. The mission of PLME is to enable students to break free from the constraints of conventional premedical education and pursue a challenging liberal arts education steeped in the humanitarian ideals of medicine. Students earn a Bachelor's degree in their concentration of choice after their fourth year, often completing majors in the humanities or social sciences, and automatically enter the medical school to pursue their M.D. degree. Every year, a few students decide to leave PLME after their undergraduate years in order to attend another medical school or to pursue another career.
Since 1976, the Early Identification Program (EIP) was initiated to encourage Rhode Island residents to pursue careers in medicine by recruiting sophomores from Providence College, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, and Tougaloo College.
From 1981 to 2006, Brown offered a joint program with Dartmouth Medical School called the Brown-Dartmouth Medical Program. Approximately 15 students at Dartmouth Medical School enrolled in the program annually, spending the first two basic medical science years at Dartmouth and the next two years in clinical education at Brown, where they received their M.D. degree. The program was discontinued in the fall of 2006, after their respective deans stated that the institutions desired to move in their own directions.