Extracurricular Enrichment Opportunities

BUSM I Spring 2017

What are Extracurricular Enrichment Opportunities?

Extracurricular enrichment opportunities are non-graded classes offered to BUSM I medical students in the spring semester. No mark will appear in your  BUSM transcript for these classess. For questions, contact Ana Gregory.


You must be in good academic standing in order to sign up for one of the classes below, and you must continue to be in good academic standing as the semester progresses. You are encouraged to meet with a dean in the Office of Student Affairs if there are questions regarding your academic status and suitability to undertake a class.

Descriptions of Extracurricular Enrichment Opportunities: Spring, 2017

All classes are listed below. Each has a specific person who handles sign up. Contact this person directly to enroll.

  1. The Healer’s Art
  2. Introduction to Surgery MS-1
  3. Medical Spanish
  4. Spectrum of Physician Advocacy (SPA-1)

The Healer’s Art

Information is available via the Department of Family Medicine’s page on The
Healer’s Art

Introduction to Surgery MS-1

 >>> Sign-up: Go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3OmMFGKyAD6iODRSELUsp6dzellZtUkZ5qSMe1K0gt8moCg/viewform

Faculty: Tejal Brahmbhatt, MD, Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS

Goals: This class provides an opportunity to expose 1st year medical students to the science and art of the surgical discipline.


  • The learner will be enabled to develop an understanding of the various roles of a clinician surgeon.
  • The learner will be exposed to various sub-specialties within surgical medicine to garner the true reach of this discipline.
  • The learner will begin to be exposed to various forms of requisite skills necessary to provide surgical care including surgical suturing and knot tying; basic laparoscopic skills; basic endoscopy skills.
  • The learner will begin to understand leadership and interpersonal skills necessary to practice surgery.

This class is a requisite for the MS-2 course, Introduction to Surgery MS-2. This is tentatively planned to be held in the fall.


  • There will be two groups (Group A & Group B) with 30 students each.
  • The groups will alternate weeks so that each group will have two sessions per month.
  • Each series will be comprised of seven 60 minute sessions: 5 lectures and 2 workshops.
  • Both workshops will be procedure-based sessions.
  • Meeting locations to be determined.

Grading Criteria: 

  • Essay assignment: 1 page essay on your perception of the art of surgery.
  • 80% Attendance

Medical Spanish

To apply: By Sunday, January 8, 2016, take this ~15 minute placement test to help us determine the Intermediate and Advanced levels, and fill out this form to sign up and help us schedule classes and tweak the class to what participants are interested in.

Questions? Email spanishbusm@gmail.com

Description: Clinically oriented Spanish skills are invaluable in the health profession as we strive to improve patient care by better communication between providers and Spanish-speaking patients. Through the Medical Spanish class, students will learn and practice key Spanish vocabulary necessary to perform an effective H&P. In addition, students will improve their fluency and confidence in Spanish by practicing with native Spanish speakers from the community. Students are expected to commit 2 hours per week to the class and are asked to miss no more than 1 class session.

Topics to be covered in class include:

  • Chief complaint and HPI
  • Past medical history and chronic disease
  • Family history and habits
  • Social and occupational history
  • Basic physical exam
  • Head and neck
  • Thorax, lungs, and circulatory system
  • Abdomen and GI system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Reproductive system/GU

Spectrum of Physician Advocacy (SPA-1)

To apply: Fill out the application (https://goo.gl/forms/L5Lu60UZtr2anFZZ2) no later than January 13, 2017, 5:00pm.

Questions? E-mail: buatp@bu.edu

Description: The Spectrum of Physician Advocacy (SPA-1) is a 10-session (non-graded) class that introduces students from different allied health professions to how healthcare providers can advocate for individual patients and contribute to conversations about social and health policy. Students will deepen their knowledge of the interplay between social factors and health and explore how to work as a healthcare provider to uncouple disadvantage from adverse health outcomes. Each session is student-taught with faculty approval and will have a different speaker who does advocacy work related to the particular topic. We also hope that students will connect with a community of their peers who are interested in health inequities and advocacy. Classes will be held on Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 pm, January 18 – April 6, 2017, Room L-203. In order to take this class, we ask students to miss no more than one session.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to Social Determinants and Advocacy
  • Poverty and Health
  • Race and Health
  • Housing and Health
  • Gun Control and Community Violence
  • Substance Use and Harm Reduction
  • Correctional Health
  • LGBT Health
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health