By Lisa Brown

Nov. 1 Employee Wellness Fair

October 27th, 2016 in Announcements, Featured

Learn More and Schedule a Screening
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Take Commuting Survey: Results Help TranSComm Improve Services

October 27th, 2016 in Featured

Take the 2016 DEP Survey Oct. 31-Nov. 4! Access it at

COM transportation_pattern2The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires this information on the commuting practices of faculty, staff, and students under the Massachusetts Ridesharing Regulation and the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. As part of this online, anonymous, five-minute survey you indicate how you traveled to work during a specific time period.

As an added incentive, after completing this survey you may enter a drawing to win raffle prizes such as a $200 Amazon gift card! Increase your chances of winning and fill out the survey on Monday, Oct. 31 and you be entered in the daily raffle for the rest of the week!

Your participation is extremely important because the DEP requires a response rate of at least 90 percent.

The anonymous results will be reported to DEP, but more importantly they will be used by TranSComm, the BUMC transportation services office, to further improve transportation services to the Medical Campus.

TranSComm appreciates your help and thanks you for your participation with this important compliance activity for the Medical Campus. If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact TranSComm at 617-638-7473.

Save the Date Jan. 9, Provost Workshop: Smoking Cessation

October 24th, 2016 in Featured, Research

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Oct. 10 Columbus Day Parking and Transportation Information

October 4th, 2016 in Featured

Columbus Day will be observed on Monday, Oct. 10, please note:

All medical center and patient shuttles will be operating, except the BU shuttle, the daytime shuttle is not in service on Columbus Day, but the late night shuttle will operate according to the normal schedule.

All buses will be operating on a Weekday schedule· Commuter rail trains will operate on regular weekday schedules. For additional information on routes, schedules, and fares, please call the MBTA Customer Service Center at (617) 222-3200 or

All parking facilities will be open and regular rates apply. Monthly parkers should park in their assigned lot.

If you have any questions regarding this holiday schedule, please call the Office of Transportation Services at 638-7473 or the Parking Office at 638-4915.

Planning for an Emergency

September 29th, 2016 in Announcements, Featured

A new academic year has begun, and with it new students, as well as faculty and staff on campus. In an emergency, everyone needs to be aware of basic emergency initial responses and actions to take, and whom to notify.

Please visit the Managing Emergencies training module on the Environmental Health & Safety website and take this interactive training course to ensure you’re prepared in an emergency. Questions? Contact Aron Vinson at or 617-638-8807 or Steve Morash at or 617-358-1577.

Please view these short videos to ensure you’re prepared in an emergency.

Public Safety is the responsibility of all members of our BUMC community. If you see something, say something. Please report any Medical Campus suspicious activity or behavior to Public Safety at 4-4444.

Campus-wide Resource for Postdocs Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs Celebrates First Year

September 29th, 2016 in Featured

The Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs Office (PDPA) recently celebrated its first full year of operations. During the 2016 fiscal year the office advised 116 postdoctoral fellows, responded to postdoctoral skill needs by offering ten in-person and three online professional development opportunities attended by 175 BU postdocs and 71 BU graduate students, awarded seven travel awards to support postdoctoral presentations at national and international conferences, supported postdoc networking by supplying 67 postdocs with business cards, actively participated in three University committees focused on the development of new policies and guidelines, and applied for four sponsored awards to fund new collaborative professional development programs.

With the goal of providing a supportive and competitive environment for postdoctoral fellows, PDPA offers professional development opportunities and advising services to postdocs and their faculty mentors. Upcoming events include a “Managing Research Staff” bootcamp for faculty members, and a “Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement” workshop for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. To learn about and RSVP for upcoming professional development events, please visit the PDPA website.

PDPA is led by Director Sarah Hokanson, 617-358-2111 and in August Administrative Manager Kate Baker, 617-638-5229 joined the Office.

Sarah Hokanson

Sarah Hokanson

Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Hokanson oversees all services and programming PDPA provides for postdoctoral scholars at the University, as well as supporting the development of policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. Baker oversees the administrative infrastructure necessary to support postdoctoral fellows and manages day-to-day operations, including coordinating orientation sessions for incoming postdocs and synchronizing communications.

PDPA is housed in the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research on the Charles River Campus, and the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences on the Medical Campus. Baker and Hokanson can be reached on either campus by

Medical Campus Flu Vaccination Clinics for Employees

September 28th, 2016 in Featured

The Occupational Health Center will be offering influenza (flu) vaccine at no cost to BU employees. Employees are encouraged to get the vaccine during one of the scheduled clinics to not only protect yourself, but also your colleagues and your family. For information regarding the 2016-2017 flu vaccine please refer to the Occupational Health Center’s website at If you have any questions regarding the vaccine or clinic schedule, please email

Please note:
· To enable easier administration of the vaccine please wear a short sleeve shirt.
· Additional clinics will be held as needed.
· MA DPH recommends that all health care providers receive the influenza vaccine unless contraindicated

Please walk-in during the dates and times listed below that correspond with the first initial of your last name. If you are unable to come on your designated date, you may walk-in during one of the other scheduled clinics. Please note there will be clinics held on both the Medical and Charles River Campus.

Medical Campus
Location: Medical Campus Human Resources, Crosstown Building, 801 Mass. Ave., Suite 400

First Initial of Last Name: A – M
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

First Initial of Last Name: N – Z
Friday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

· History of severe reaction to influenza vaccination
· Moderate-to-severe illness
· History of Guillain-Barre syndrome
· Allergy to neomycin/polymyxin

Oct. 12 Women’s Guild Event Features Office of Ombuds

September 27th, 2016 in Featured

Join the BU Women’s Guild at their first event of the 2016-17 academic year on the Medical Campus.  Learn about the BU Women’s Guild and Office of the Ombuds, an independent, impartial, informal problem-solving resource for faculty, staff and students.  The Office is a safe place for off-the-record conversation on just about any kind of problem or conflict you may have related to life, work or study at BU.

The BU Women’s Guild includes faculty, staff, trustees, and overseers, as well as friends of BU.  Members join together to get to know one another better, to network for career and personal development, and to support women graduate students at the University. Events reflect the broad spectrum of studies and research at the University. The Guild also raises funds for BU’s women graduate students 30 years and over. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
8-9:30 a.m., Evans Building, Evans Seminar Room, E112A
Free, all invited to attend.  Enjoy coffee, pastries and conversation.
RSVP by noon, Oct. 10

BU-CTSI Offering Free Research Consults

September 21st, 2016 in Featured, Research

The Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (BU-CTSI) offers consultations through the Clinical Research Informatics and Technology Consultation (CRITC) Service for BU/BMC researchers.

The CRITIC consultations help researchers identify, develop and implement the effective and efficient use of information technology and informatics in their clinical studies.

Free 1-hour One-on-One Consultations Are Available

Contact Christopher Shanahan, MD, MPH, or

Shanahan is a member of the BU-CTSI’s Clinical Research Informatics Team and Faculty Lead for BU-Profiles and Research Networking. Consultations and short-term services are provided free of charge. More extensive consultations will be offered for a fee.

Former DOD Official Heads New BU Health Innovation Institute

September 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Jonathan Woodson, brigadier general, was MED associate dean

Vascular surgeon Jonathan Woodson, a MED professor and former associate dean and former US Department of Defense assistant secretary for health affairs, will head the University-wide, Questrom-based Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Photo by Cydney Scott

Vascular surgeon Jonathan Woodson, a MED professor and former associate dean and former US Department of Defense assistant secretary for health affairs, will head the University-wide, Questrom-based Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. Photo by Cydney Scott

A collaborative endeavor, the new institute will focus on expanding health system research initiatives across both the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus, deepening connections between scholars, policymakers, and corporations and advancing curricular initiatives across the University’s schools and colleges. With Woodson as director, it will focus on bringing together world-class academic, industry, and regulatory resources to address important national and global health care challenges.

Freeman says the institute is extremely fortunate to have a leader of Woodson’s stature, adding that health care and policy is front and center in issues affecting the global economy.

“The institute is a unique opportunity for BU to distinguish itself in the highly competitive universe of research universities,” says Freeman. “I am very pleased and excited that the business school is the home for administering this University-wide institute, which brings at least nine BU schools and colleges together and will drive progress for years and years to come.”

The directorship marks a homecoming for Woodson. Before his appointment to the DOD by President Obama, he was a MED professor of surgery and associate dean for students, diversity, and multicultural affairs and senior attending vascular surgeon at Boston Medical Center. He holds the rank of brigadier general in the US Army Reserve, and served as assistant surgeon general for reserve affairs, force structure and mobilization, in the Office of the Surgeon General, and as deputy commander of the Army Reserve Medical Command.

For Woodson, steeped in every aspect of health care, heading the institute is a perfect fit. At the DOD, he administered the more than $50 billion Military Health System (MHS) budget and was principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues. With 9.4 million beneficiaries worldwide, the MHS comprises over 133,000 military and civilian doctors, nurses, medical educators, researchers, health care providers, allied health professionals, and health administration personnel worldwide, providing the United States with an integrated health care delivery and expeditionary medical, educational, and research capability.

The recipient of the 2009 Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Woodson was deployed in Saudi Arabia in Operation Desert Storm, in Kosovo, and in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a former senior medical officer with the National Disaster Management System, where he responded to the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Woodson’s many military awards and decorations include the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster.

Woodson commends the work Questrom has done toward improving intelligent design and operation, as well as in training future leaders in health care. “In the 21st century,” he says, “these leaders need to be equipped with new skills to utilize data and organize multidisciplinary teams to solve complex problems.” He says the institute will consider how all the information out there—about 15,000 biomedical articles published every month—can shape the way we deliver health care. And then, “as you drive innovation, how do you encode it?” he asks. “We must create smart, sustainable public policy that all people will benefit from.”

Describing the new endeavor as “a University-wide institute that will leverage all pockets of excellence across the University and drive innovation across domains,” Woodson says further that there is “a hunger out there for identifying new ways to lead health organizations and meet emerging imperatives and achieve better health for the populations we serve.

“The overarching message is, we have got to move to intelligent design driven by data and integrating new technology, redesign of health promotion and health care delivery, 21st-century leadership, and sound policy,” he says.

Woodson is a graduate of the City College of New York and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his postgraduate medical education at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and completed residency training in internal medicine and general and vascular surgery. He is board-certified in internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, and critical care surgery. He also holds a master’s degree in strategic studies (concentration in strategic leadership) from the US Army War College. In 1992, he was awarded a research fellowship at the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Services Research Institute.


This BU Today story was written by Susan Seligson.