Extracurricular Enrichment Activities (EEAs) at BUSM: Procedures for Approval

Medical students may use the following guidelines to receive approval for extracurricular enrichment activities (EEAs) at BUSM.

What is an Extracurricular Enrichment Activity?

An Extracurricular Enrichment Activity (EEA) – formerly labeled as a ‘free-time elective’ – is a scholarly undertaking created by and for B.U. medical students that is not part of the formal medical school curriculum. These informal classes may not be labeled or presented as “electives” (as was done in the past) because this term causes confusion with credited, graded electives that appear on the medical school transcript. Extracurricular enrichment activities are not included on a student’s transcript and grades are not assigned. An EEA represents the interests of a small group of students who is responsible for the development and implementation of the activity at the medical school under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

How Are Extracurricular Enrichment Activities Approved?

Any student group interested in creating an EEA must secure a faculty advisor and submit a proposal (outlined below) to Suzanne Sarfaty, M.D., Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Office of Enrichment, for consideration. Once the proposal is reviewed, students may meet with Dr. Sarfaty for final approval. Alternately, students may meet with Dr. Sarfaty before submission to discuss feasibility of the activity. The proposal and review process ensures that enrichment activities cultivate professional competencies in keeping with the medical school’s mission in an organized way.

Funding for Extracurricular Enrichment Activities

BUSM does not provide funding for EEAs. In the past, some student groups have received funding from non-profit organizations, specialty societies, and other sources to support their activities, but this is the sole responsibility of the student group.

Mention of Extracurricular Enrichment Activities in the MSPE

There is an opportunity for brief mention of EEAs in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) (formerly known as the dean’s letter; it is part of a medical student’s residency application) under “Noteworthy Characteristics” although students may also expand on their activities in their ERAS application. This is important to note as some students have anticipated that EEA leadership would be a significant part of the MSPE.

Procedures for Approval of EEAs


  1. Create a Word document and describe the elements listed below for your EEA. Highlight each element in your proposal by making the headers boldface type.
    • Title of class/activity
    • Student coordinators’ names, class year, email addresses
    • Faculty advisor(s) names, email addresses
    • Description of learners included the number predicted to participate
    • Identify instructional goals of the activity. A goal describes a skill, knowledge or attitude that a learner will obtain based on the instruction. See Bloom’s taxonomy to define the learning domain of your instruction and appropriate keywords.
    • Description of activities. Include the following: Why is this activity important to you?
    • Instructional materials to be used.
    • Frequency of activity (number of classes, hours, etc.)
    • Resources required to hold the activity (e.g., meeting space)
    • What are the desired results for each learner?
  2. Submit the proposal to Ana Gregory (Office of Enrichment) via email.
  3. Once your proposal is reviewed, you will meet with Dr. Sarfaty for final approval. Any questions may be directed to Ana Gregory.