About Us


MURMUR is the student blog of the Warren Alpert Medical School intended to showcase the creative output of students across all disciplines.

We are run 100% for students and by students. 


Posts are categorized into Education, Research, Art, Narratives, and Opinion, and traverse all mediums of student expression. MURMUR serves as a venue for students to exhibit their research, advocacy initiatives, narrative essays, final elective projects, artwork, and more. The blog draws upon the creative and intellectual strengths of diverse disciplines in pursuit of our medical and educational goals, as we continue to learn and grow into our white coats.

The blog is organized by the famously low-key Medical Humanities Society of Alpert Medical School.

Founding Editorial Board

Pete Mattson — Editor in Chief

Pete is a native New Englander and graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with majors in Economics, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Between college and medical school, he performed translational cardiovascular research (involving quite a few murmurs), taught courses for students interested in STEM, and dusted off his camera for some scenic Boston shots. Pete’s experience lies at the intersection of medicine, design, entrepreneurship, and global health. He looks forward to developing these interests while helping to grow the first student blog at AMS.

Jordan Emont — Managing Editor 

Jordan is a native of San Diego, CA but has been on the east coast since undergrad at George Washington University. Prior to coming to Brown, he completed an MPH at Yale and a post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College. While at GWU, he was the photo editor of the GW Hatchet newspaper where he honed his craft at photography and fell in love with journalism and writing. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, and trying new food, the latter passion being cultivated through the Providence Eats column of the Murmur blog. Jordan is currently the Managing Editor of MURMUR and is excited to fill this role for the inaugural staff of AMS’s blog.

Nikki Haddad — Lead Content Editor

Nikki graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a concentration in Health and Human Biology and focus in Brain and Behavior. Her most recent research involves analyzing attitudes and behaviors surrounding the reproductive and sexual health of female patients in a GI clinic at Women and Infants Hospital. At Alpert, she is a member of the Student Wellness Board, co-founder of the Medical Humanities Interest Group, member of Sex Ed By Brown Med and the Family-Centered Sex Ed working group, and is currently training to become a certified advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. As someone passionate about narrative medicine and the interconnectedness between medicine and art, she is extremely excited to be part of the MURMUR team as Lead Content Editor.

Erick Guzman – Design & Layout Editor

Erick is a Medical Student at the Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, and serves as MURMUR’s Design & Layout Editor. He graduated from Brown University in 2016 with two degrees: Honors Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art, and a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Human Biology. Due to Brown’s close relationship with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Guzman has the privilege to take advanced film and digital photography classes at RISD with top industry professionals. He is currently the president of the Latino Medical Student Association at Brown, one of the student leaders for the preclinical course Essential procedural skills, and one of the founding members of the Medical Humanities Interest Group and Murmur at Brown’s Alpert Medical school. With all of his past experience in art, medical humanities, and procedural work, Erick hopes to pursue a career in Emergency medicine.

Basic Policies 

  1. Our posts shall not be republished without accreditation and a link to MURMUR. Please contact our editorial board at alpertmurmur@brown.edu for permission to share our content in this manner!
  2. Posts on MURMUR are educational and shall not be assigned or taken into consideration as medical advice.
  3. Posts shall represent the author’s views and shall not represent official statements or responses of Alpert Medical School, Brown University, or any of our affiliates (unless this is explicitly stated).