By Lisa Brown
Gratitude, excitement and anticipation – these three words describe the 2015 BUSM Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 24.
In a candle-lit room at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, 18 medical students gathered together to meet – for the first time – their scholarship donors.
Dean Antman with students Adam Johnson (Class of 2017) and Karanda Bowman (Class of 2016)
“Today is really important,” said Nick Smith, BUSM Class of 2016. “Getting to meet the face behind who’s doing this for me – it’s really special.”
To his surprise, Smith’s donor was Aram Chobanian, MD, President Emeritus, Boston University and Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine.
“It’s terrific,” said Smith. “The weight that I’ll have in terms of debt going forward is that much less. Every little bit counts.”
Thanks to scholarships established by generous donors, every year students who otherwise could not afford a BUSM education can pursue their dream of becoming a physician.
According to Emir Morais, co-interim director of BUSM’s Student Financial Services, the cost of medical education presents a high barrier for many applicants – and a significant burden for many graduates. In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 79 percent of medical students have debt of $100,000 or more after medical school.
“Scholarships help relieve some of the financial burden put on these students during and after their medical education,” said Morais. “These funds support their education and their intellectual, professional and personal development. It gives them the opportunity to attend a medical school that fits their passions and a chance to choose a field they care about.”
Over dinner and dessert, the students and donors were greeted by Dean Karen Antman, MD, who introduced Karanda Bowman, Class of 2016, and Adam Johnson, Class of 2017. Both students spoke about how their scholarships were a critical component in attending medical school.
“You haven’t just given me a gift,” said Johnson. “You’ve given my family a little more hope that everything really will be alright.”
As the students parted ways with their donors, handshakes and hugs were exchanged. Pleasantries and advice about medical school filled the room. But as this writer will attest, two common, contagious sentiments elevated this event – honor and gratefulness.
“We have to give kids the opportunity to be able to go to medical school without worrying about huge debts,” said Elaine Kirshenbaum, a BU donor since 1983. “It’s an honor to be able to support them.”
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Students seated during the 2015 Professional Ceremony
Four-year DMD 19 and two-year AS DMD 17 students from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) marked the end of their first week of orientation on Friday, July 31, at one of the most significant events in the educational careers of our dental students, the annual Professional Ceremony.
The students marched into the ceremony grounds, the Talbot Green, and took their seats under a large white tent. Hundreds of friends and family members looked on and cheered as the DMD 19 and AS 17 students participated in the 2015 Professional Ceremony.
Assistant Dean of Students Dr. Joseph Calabrese welcomed the crowd under the packed tent.
Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter as well as Boston University Medical Campus Provost and Boston University School of Medicine Dean Dr. Karen Antman delivered the opening remarks, while student anxiously anticipated receiving their BU pins.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor in General Dentistry Dr. Carl McManama. Dr. McManama began his now 39 year dental career at GSDM as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Operative Dentistry in 1976. He was later promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor. He Chaired the Department of Operative Dentistry from 1986 to 1995.
After Dr. McManama’s speech, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Associate Professor in Health Policy & Health Services Research Catherine Sarkis took to the podium to present the DMD Class of 2019 and AS Class of 2017 to Dean Hutter.
Five faculty members then stood on the stage to present the pins to the DMD 19 and AS 17 students. The faculty members were: Dr. Calabrese; Dr. Sarkis; Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry Dr. Stephen Dulong; Professor in the Department of Periodontology, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Dr. Cataldo Leone; and Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Faculty Liaison for the Advanced Standing Program Dr. Janet Peters.
Each DMD 19 and AS 17 student shook hands with Dean Hutter and Provost Antman before exiting the stage. When each new student had received their pin, the Professional Oath was read.
One paragraph of the Professional Oath reads: “I will conduct myself with the highest ethical and professional behavior in the classroom, the clinic, and in all areas of my life. I will promote the integrity of the profession with honest and respectful relations with other health professionals. I will strive to advance my profession by seeking new knowledge and by reexamining the ideas and practices of the past.”
After Dean Hutter delivered his closing remarks, the students and attendees stayed for a reception under the tent for a reception on the Talbot Green.
“The Professional Ceremony is one of the most important moments in these students’ dental educations here at GSDM,” said Dean Hutter. “I know that each of the students who received pins today will go on to make me, and everyone else at GSDM, very proud over the next four years.”
Photos from the Professional Ceremony can be found on Facebook and Flickr.
Submitted by GSDM Communications.
Twice-a-week Behavioral Medicine services
Some years ago, a School of Public Health survey reported that half of Medical Campus students had sought mental health care of some sort. That doesn’t surprise Kate Goodmon Nudel.
“Graduate students are under immense pressure and stress in school,” says Nudel (MED’16), “but also as adults. Many of us are married or have children or are planning to do that soon, while we are in school.” But until now, Medical Campus students needing to see Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine staff had to make their way to the Charles River Campus (CRC). Last week, Behavioral Medicine opened a satellite clinic on the Medical Campus exclusively for students, to run twice a week: Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesdays, from 9 to 5. Two clinicians will staff the two offices and waiting room.
The clinic is on the eighth floor of the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center at 85 East Newton St., which is named for BU grad Fuller (MED 1897), the first black psychiatrist in the United States, who taught at BU and retired as a professor emeritus. The state-owned site was chosen with special care. While close to all the Medical Campus schools, it provides privacy from other BU student and clinical services, so “students won’t have to worry about bumping into a staff or faculty member from their program,” says Carrie Landa, director of Behavioral Medicine.
Besides SPH, the Medical Campus houses the School of Medicine and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students there who have wanted to use the CRC Behavioral Medicine services couldn’t always manage it “because of long days and nights in the hospital and the additional time getting back and forth to the CRC,” says Karen Antman, dean of MED and provost of the Medical Campus.
“This is an effort we have been pushing for many years, and we are delighted to see it come to fruition,” adds Linda Hyman, associate provost for MED’s Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.
Landa says that the clinic will provide “evaluation and brief treatment for students,” similar to what their counterparts receive on the CRC. “When longer-term treatment is indicated, we work with the student to provide a referral to a provider in the community, based on their insurance.”
“I am thrilled that all of our hard work has been recognized and our voices heard,” says Nudel. She was on the board of the Graduate and Professional Leadership Council, a student liaison group with the University’s administration, which formed a committee in spring 2014 to advocate for the clinic. The committee initially wanted a general health clinic; when that proved too ambitious, the members surveyed Medical Campus students for their priorities.
With more than 400 respondents, “we found students wanted a behavioral health clinic” most, says Nudel. Angela Jackson, MED associate dean of student affairs, says the interest at her school arises from “the stress and demands of medical school—long hours, heavy study schedule, high-stakes exams, not to mention seeing tragedy, death, and suffering on a daily basis.”
Jackson adds that “having access to care on site will make an enormous difference to the students and provide another accessible option for mental health care.…I suspect the interest will be huge, and very quickly we will need to expand the clinic’s hours.”
Indeed, Nudel says, the student group’s health survey found that 65 percent of respondents said they’d avail themselves of on-campus mental health services, leading her to predict that the new clinic “will be pretty busy.”
This BU Today story was written by Rich Barlow
A family of peregrine falcons have made a nest on a window ledge atop the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Building. Photos by Anita DeStefano, PhD, professor of Biostatistics and associate director of the BUMC Genome Science Institute.
High above Talbot Green a pair of watchful eyes scopes the concrete canyon below looking for its next prey. This isn’t a scene from Mission Impossible. It’s more like a National Geographic documentary.
Perched on a window ledge atop the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Building, two peregrine falcons have decided to make the BU Medical Campus their home.
“It’s simply fascinating that such beautiful wildlife can exist in this urban area,” said Anita DeStefano, PhD, professor of Biostatistics and associate director of the BUMC Genome Science Institute.
DeStefano noticed the male and female falcons in late spring and began taking pictures of the birds from the rooftop of the medical campus parking garage. In early summer, she observed two falcon chicks in addition to the adults. After reading a recent article on BU Today about another pair of falcons on the Charles River campus, DeStefano contacted Ursula and Dave Goodine, certified volunteer observers for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
That evening, DeStefano met with the Goodines to point out the nest site and to observe the adults with one of their fledglings.
According to Ursula Goodine, peregrine falcons are the fastest flying birds in the world – reaching speeds of 200 miles per hour during a dive. They feed on pigeons and other small birds.
In 1964 nesting pairs of Peregrines were extinct in the eastern United States, but over time, conservation success was responsible for changing them from “endangered” to “protected” status. There are now more than 30 nesting pairs in Massachusetts.
Contrary to popular belief, peregrine falcons do not build a nest. They lay their eggs on cliffs.
“As the falcon population increased, some birds looked for other territories and began using tall buildings instead of the natural landscape of cliffs and quarry ledges to raise their young,” said Goodine. “This just reveals how adaptable peregrines have become in order to perpetuate their species.”
In an effort to help facilitate a safer environment for the birds, experts from the MassWildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species program have set up simple wooden “nest-boxes” lined with gravel in several locations throughout the city.
The Goodines now are working on a plan to have one installed on the BU Medical Campus this fall to give the birds time to acclimate to its presence. They hope the pair of falcons will use it next spring.
“Reintroduction programs have helped Peregrines make an amazing recovery,” said Goodine. “While city living poses all kinds of dangers to these birds, they are resilient and their population has rebounded quite well.”
BU Medical Campus Investigators, graduate students and faculty members are invited to a grant preparation workshop on Thursday, Sept. 17 to learn more about the process of submitting individual research grants (R01) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This workshop, which will be held on the BU Medical Campus, will include presentation by Sarah Yeboah of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Renna Lilly of the Office of Proposal Development and will cover the necessary steps to submit a NIH proposal through Boston University’s Office of Sponsored Programs. Dr. Carter Cornwall will discuss the NIH study section review and a general structure to follow when writing your grant.
Grant Preparation Workshop – Administrative Presentation
- Thursday, Sept. 17
- 2-4 p.m.
- BUSM Housman Building, R-115
The second part of this series includes a small group session, where investigators will present drafts of their actual grant applications for feedback from peers and faculty who have successfully been awarded grants and served on NIH study sections. This session will be especially helpful to those who plan to submit NIH grants for the February/March submission cycle.
Grant Preparation Workshop -Grant Critiques
- Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 9 and 10
- Location and time to be determined
Interested investigators, graduate students and faculty members are invited to attend the Sept. 17 session. For a more thorough critique of your grant in December, you must attend this first session. You are not obligated to participate in the critique if you attend the administrative portion.
If you have any questions, please contact Renna Lilly, Office of Proposal Development, at email@example.com.
Boston University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, directed by David Center, MD has received a four-year, $23,487,980 renewal from the National Institutes of Health.
David Felson, MD leads the section to train the next generation of translational scientists and George O’Connor, MD directs the clinical resources, which will facilitate the testing and translation of discoveries between bedside and bench for Boston University researchers.
The BU CTSI is part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Science Network of 60 University-based translational hubs.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, behavioral medicine services for students will be available on the Medical Campus. All full-time students are eligible for care, regardless of health insurance. Part-time students who have the Aetna Student Health insurance also are eligible.
The clinic will be located in the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Building, 85 E. Newton St., Suite 816. Initially, it will be staffed two days per week – Mondays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – by clinicians not affiliated with the Medical Campus. Hours will increase with demand. The location was chosen specifically to be mindful of maintaining student privacy and confidentiality.
The following services will be available:
- Short-term treatment (both medication management and psychotherapy)
- 24-hour coverage for psychiatric emergencies
When longer-term treatment is indicated, students will be referred to a provider in the community. Student Health Services is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of all patient health information in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws. To make an appointment, please call 617-353-3569 and request an appointment at the BUMC clinic.
Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at BUSM and BUSPH, and a clinical cardiologist at BMC, has been appointed BUMC Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, also has been appointed BUMC Director of Faculty Development.
Benjamin is deeply engaged in the professional development of health care professionals and has a fundamental commitment to mentoring majority and underrepresented minority early-career, mid-career and established investigators in epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and academic medicine. She has co-developed and led faculty development efforts on the Medical Campus with her colleagues at GSDM, BUSPH and BUSM over the last five years, and also led an ACE/Sloan Foundation on Faculty Flexibility, which focused on mid-career faculty development.
Benjamin is co-PI of the Framingham Heart Study core contract, and PI or Multi-PI of ~10 RO1s since 1998, including a current MPI grant on the genetics of atrial fibrillation. She has published more than 400 original research articles and is listed on the Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers (top 1%) in medicine.
She also is the recipient of multiple honors, including the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Paul Dudley White Award, AHA Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award, AHA Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Mentoring Awards, and Department of Medicine mentoring and inpatient teaching awards.
Robina M. Bhasin, EdM, our new director of Faculty Development, came to BUSM in 2013 as the director of Faculty Development and Diversity for the Department of Medicine. She has more than 12 years of experience in the creation, implementation and evaluation of domestic and international professional development programs for health practitioners and educators.
“Together they will continue to focus on improving the breadth of professional development and mentoring programs for our Medical Campus faculty,” said Karen Antman, MD, Provost, BU Medical Campus, and Dean, BUSM.
BUMC Medical Education Day presentations
More than 100 faculty, staff, residents and students attended John McCahan Medical Education Day at the BU Medical Campus. Hosted by the Department of Medical Sciences and Education, it was held on May 20. This was the 10th anniversary of the annual event that showcases academic innovation and teaching ideologies. The theme of the day was “Teaching Professional Competencies,” and it covered a variety of topics relating to how educators can improve and reevaluate teaching models.
The day-long event included five workshops and a poster session displaying nearly 50 abstracts. The keynote address “Changing Culture: Upending Our Notions of Professionalism,” was given by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, associate professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. She shared her particular interest in professionalism and peer support programs.
Placeholder poster session
Dr. McCahan attended and remarked on the history of this event and was honored for his outstanding commitment to medical education. In addition, past chairs of the planning committee, Drs. Sharon Levine (BUSM), Ann Zumwalt (BUSM) and Robert Schadt (SPH), were honored for their dedication to this event.
Please visit the McCahan Day website here to view Dr. Shapiro’s presentation.