Rory Merritt ’09 MD’13, MEHP, has been appointed Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (Learning Environment) effective October 18, 2021.
Dr. Merritt will assist our efforts to create and maintain an open, caring, and inclusive learning environment at the Medical School and its clinical affiliates and partners. He will serve as a resource for persons seeking consultation about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the learning environment and will provide critical leadership to address student mistreatment concerns. He will also serve as a liaison between the Medical School and the health care systems and will assist clinical departments in their development, execution, and maintenance of individualized Learning Environment Action Plans.
Dr. Merritt came to Brown through the Program in Liberal Medical Education and earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009 with a concentration in community health. After graduating from The Warren Alpert Medical School in 2013, he completed a residency in emergency medicine at George Washington University, serving as chief resident in 2017. He returned to Brown to complete a fellowship in medical education research in the Department of Emergency Medicine in 2019 and subsequently joined the department’s faculty, where he is an assistant professor. In addition, Dr. Merritt earned a master of education in the health professions from Johns Hopkins University in 2019.
Since 2018, Dr. Merritt has served as an Assistant Dean of Medicine for the PLME. He serves on a number of key committees for the Medical School, including the Medical Curriculum Committee. Dr. Merritt is passionate about faculty development, particularly in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and co-created a continuing medical education course called “Centering Antiracism” that has become required training for Brown faculty teaching in the Doctoring program. Dr. Merritt is a dedicated and thoughtful advisor for more than 100 medical students, helping them navigate research opportunities, licensing examinations, and residency considerations.