Medical Family Weekend

Medical Family Weekend is October 13-15, 2023

We hope you will share in the campus experience during Family Weekend! This is your chance to tour the Medical School, hear from faculty members, and spend some time with your student.

The schedule of events is posted below. We’re still working hard at producing a great weekend of events for you, so be sure to check back for updated location and event information as the date approaches.


Schedule of Events

Friday, October 13 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Medical School Check-In  

Location: The Warren Alpert Medical School, The Herbert M. Kaplan Atrium, 222 Richmond Street

Check-in and pick up a schedule of Medical School-sponsored events and a snack!

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Support Network: Guiding Students Through the Med School Experience

Location: The Warren Alpert Medical School, Lecture Hall 160, 222 Richmond Street

Parents and families are an integral part of the Brown medical community, but busy students may not always have time to fill in family members on what’s happening in their lives. Join us to hear from Medical School leadership and have your questions answered.

Livestream Link

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm The State of BioMed

Location: The Warren Alpert Medical School, Lecture Hall 170, 222 Richmond Street

Mukesh K. Jain, MD, Senior Vice President of Health Affairs and Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, will deliver the second annual State of BioMed address, sharing his vision for biomedical research and education at Brown.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Reception following the State of BioMed

Location: The Warren Alpert Medical School, The Herbert M. Kaplan Atrium, 222 Richmond Street

Mix and mingle with faculty, students, alumni, staff, and FAMILIES! 

Saturday, October 14 

8:00 am - 8:45 am Walk with the Serotonin Seekers

Location: Meet at The Warren Alpert Medical School, The Herbert M. Kaplan Atrium, 222 Richmond Street

Serotonin Seekers is a beginner-friendly, inclusive running group offering an outlet for medical students to prioritize their wellness while meeting fellow students. They invite families to join them on a special walking route around the Medical School and Jewelry District to help get those endorphins flowing bright and early.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Diving Head First into Mental Health: The Bear in Mind Podcast

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

Developed by the General Psychiatry Residency Program, the Bear in Mind podcast seeks to combat the abundance of misinformation on social media about mental health. In each episode, mental health providers come together to educate the community about pressing issues in psychiatry, including anxiety, substance use, suicide prevention, and more. Learn how Drs. Tracey Guthrie, Camila Cosmo, and colleagues started this mental health advocacy initiative as well as how they see it growing and evolving in the future.

10:00 am - 11:30 am Medical and PLME Family Brunch

Location: The Warren Alpert Medical School, The Herbert M. Kaplan Atrium, 222 Richmond Street

Enjoy a light breakfast spread while getting to know other families and some of the medical faculty. Members of the Medical Parents Committee will be on hand to talk about the volunteer opportunities for parent engagement.

11:30 am - 2:00 pm Mini Med School

Location: Meet at The Warren Alpert Medical School, The Herbert M. Kaplan Atrium, 222 Richmond Street

Families will be split into three cohorts to experience “Medical School” by way of three interactive sessions: a building tour, anatomy lab, and clinical skills. 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  Driving Discovery in Alzheimer’s Disease through Teaching and Research

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

Join us to learn about recent developments made at Brown in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, including a new grant to study some of the common neuropsychiatric symptoms of the disease like aggression, anxiety, and depression. You will also hear from students about the meaningful ways their work contributes to Brown’s research enterprise.

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Waterfire

Take in the sights and sounds of the illuminated downtown, as well as visit many food, drink, and art vendors who line the streets along with WaterFire performers.

Ensuring Health and Safety

All participants in Family Weekend are considered limited-duration visitors to campus and must abide by Brown’s COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy, including the mask wearing requirements in place at the time of Family Weekend.

As Family Weekend approaches, please visit the Campus Activity Status page of our Healthy Brown website to learn more about the health protocols in place at that time.

Parking and Accommodations

Parking at the Warren Alpert Medical School (222 Richmond St.)

Metered spaces are available on a number of streets near the medical school building, including Richmond Street, Elm Street and Chestnut Street. Please adhere to posted signs regarding allowable hours and other parking limitations, and note that meters accept credit cards and quarters only.

Parking is available for a fee until 11 p.m. at the garage adjacent to the Medical School building on Friday. Additionally, after 5 p.m. on Friday, October 13, both lot 30 (on the corner of Elm and Richmond streets) and lot 81 (corner of Ship and Richmond streets) will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 9 p.m. each night.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, masks are not required inside the Medical School. For more information about COVID-19 policies, please visit the University’s COVID-19 Campus Activity Status page.

No, the check-in is an opportunity for us to welcome you to campus and for you to pick up a schedule of events.

We have secured a limited room block at Aloft Providence Downtown. Use this link to get the family weekend group rate before rooms sell out. The last date to book a room at the group rate is September 13, 2023. The room block requires a two-night minimum stay.

Yes! The Medical Family Weekend shuttle schedule for the weekend is: 

Friday (Noon - 7 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
The first departure from the Medical School is at Noon on Friday and at 7:40 a.m. on Saturday
Medical School Stop: 222 Richmond Street
Campus Stop: The Gates, 10 Prospect Street
20-minute loop: 

  • leaves Medical School at 00 mins 20 mins, and 40 mins past the hour
  • leaves the Gates at 10 mins, 30 mins, and 50 mins past the hour

map with shuttle route to waterfire

Contact: Diana Richardson at