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Our Team of Dedicated Educators


The BrownEM medical education fellowship is strengthened by a team of EM educators and scholars working across the medical education spectrum. Our faculty lead from positions across the University and throughout the health system, which offers fellows the opportunity to learn and seek mentorship from mentors with a breadth of experience. BrownEM faculty are highly valued by the University as educators, providing our medical education fellows with unique access to teaching and scholarly opportunities.

Below are just a few of our program faculty:

Chris Merritt, MD, MPH, MHPE

Program Director

Dr. Merritt is a pediatric emergency physician with a dedication to medical education and education scholarship. He has taught and led in undergraduate and graduate medical education, as well as in continuing faculty development. He is a Mary B Arnold Mentor in the Alpert Medical School at Brown, a longitudinal student mentorship program. He holds a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Michigan, where he continues to act as a mentor. 

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Brian Clyne, MD, MHL

Vice Chair for Education

Dr. Clyne is the founder and past program director of the medical education fellowship, and remains directly involved in mentoring fellows and program development. His focus is on leadership development. Dr. Clyne holds a Masters in Healthcare Leadership from Brown, and in addition to his roles in departmental leadership is active in teaching and mentoring of students, residents and faculty. 

Steve Rougas, MD, MS

Office of Medical Education, Alpert Medical School

Dr. Rougas was the very first graduate of our fellowship. He is an integral member of the Office of Medical Education, helping to guide curriculum and assessment for medical students at Brown. He directs the Doctoring Program, a 4-year clinical skills training curriculum, and is a leader in the AAMC's Northeast Group on Educational Affairs. He holds a Masters in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England.

Rory Merritt, MD, MEHP

Assistant Dean of Medicine, Program in Liberal Medical Education

Dr. Merritt (no relation to our program director!) is a graduate of our fellowship. He is involved in advising and teaching of pre-medical students and pre-clinical medical students as assistant course leader for Year II Doctoring, small group co-leader for Year I Doctoring, and co-leader of the Clinical Skills Course. He holds a Master of Education in the Health Professions from Johns Hopkins.  

Gita Pensa, MD

Emergency Digital Health Initiative; Fellowship Director Digital Health

Dr. Pensa launched Brown EM's educational blog, which garners over 10,000 visits each month, as well as the Brown EM podcast series. She hosts AEM Early Access, a collaboration with Academic Emergency Medicine journal, is an EM:RAP contributor, speaks nationally on digital education innovation, and was named 2018 EMRA National Mentor of the Year. Locally, she teaches about podcasting and educational technology, and serves as a longitudinal mentor to over thirty Brown medical students. Dr. Pensa created "Doctors and Litigation: The L Word", a podcast series about psychological and practical preparation for malpractice litigation, and speaks nationally on the topic of malpractice litigation.

Jessica Smith, MD

EM residency Program Director

Dr. Smith leads the EM residency at BrownEM, recognized as one of the top training programs in the country. She is a CORD Distinguished Educator, and has served in multiple national leadership positions in ACEP, CORD, and SAEM. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of CORD, RI ACEP, and BrownEM. She is adjunct faculty at the ACEP Teaching Fellowship, is involved in emergency medicine advocacy, and is a mentor to medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.


Dr. Smith has dedicated much of her career to volunteer service and leadership development, and has earned local and national clinical and teaching awards. Her primary academic focus and area of expertise within graduate medical education is professionalism/professional development, and remediation.

Andrew Musits, MD, MS

Medical Simulation

Dr. Musits holds key roles in education and curriculum development. He directs EM resident simulation and the Medical Simulation Fellowship. Dr. Musits holds a Master of Science in Medical Education from The University of Pittsburgh where he completed a Fellowship in Medical Education and Simulation in conjunction with The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER). Dr. Musits’ passion is improving patient care and patient safety through innovative and engaging education for clinicians at all levels.

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Linda Brown, MD, MSCE

Vice Chair, Pediatric EM

Director, Lifespan Medical Simulation Center

Recently named Vice Chair for Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Dr. Brown is a simulation and resuscitation expert, and is the Director of the Lifespan Medical Simulation Center. She holds a master of science degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research interests include improving medical education through high-fidelity simulation, and the use of simulation to educate pre-hospital providers and community practitioners. She is active in INSPIRE, an international collaboration simulation research network.

Elizabeth Jacobs, MD

Director, Pediatric EM Felllowship

Dr. Jacobs is the fellowship director for the pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Brown, and an active member of the Education Section within BrownEM. Her interests include asynchrounous learning both within and outside a busy pediatric emergency department as well as just in time learning. 

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