Extracurricular Enrichment Activities

What is an Extracurricular Enrichment Activity (EEA)?

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.

If you are interested in developing an EEA at BUSM, see Procedures for Approval of EEAs.

Requirements for Participation in EEAs

Students must be in good academic standing in order to undertake an EEA, and they must continue to be in good academic standing throughout the length of the class. Students are encouraged to meet with a dean in the Student Affairs Office if there are questions regarding their academic status and suitability for participation.

For questions, contact Ana Gregory.


Descriptions of Extracurricular Enrichment Activities at BUSM

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. MS1 Surgery Enrichment Activity
  3. MS2 Surgery Enrichment Activity

The Healer’s Art

[spring, 2021]

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


MS1 Surgery Enrichment Activity

[spring 2021]

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tracey Dechert and Dr. Tejal Brahmbhatt

Student contacts: Andrew Kim, Aneesh Samineni, Neya Vishwanath

Sign-Up: Leaders will reach out to class with sign-up information. We will be hosting an information session as well, stay tuned for details!

The M1 Surgery Enrichment Activity is designed for 1st year medical students to get early exposure to the field of general surgery and consists of a didactic portion and a skills portion. The didactics will address common questions regarding the field of general surgery and training, social determinants of health in surgery, and provide a brief overview to some of the common surgical diseases and procedures. Given Covid-19 guidelines, all these sessions will take place over zoom but will still remain very interactive.

Note: Successful completion of the activity will require attendance at all sessions (with absences requiring clear notification beforehand) and completion of a one-page max reflection essay due at the end of the activity.


MS2 Surgery Enrichment Activity

[fall 2020]

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tracey Dechert and Dr. Tejal Brahmbhatt

Student contact: Keerthi Vengatesan (class of 2020 student)

Sign-Up: Leaders will reach out to class with sign-up information

The M2 Surgery Enrichment Activity is designed for 2nd-year medical students to build on the experiences gained in the M1 version of this activity with additional focus on mentorship and exposure to the field of academic general surgery. In addition to didactic sessions, participants will also be assigned a general surgery mentor who is either a faculty member or a senior/chief resident and are asked to shadow them in 2 separate sessions, which can be in clinic, during morning rounds, or in the OR. Participants will also attend a minimum of one M&M conference and one Grand Rounds in General Surgery. There will also be a skills session focused on scrubbing, gowning, and gloving.

Note: Successful completion of the activity will require attendance at all sessions (with absences requiring clear notification beforehand) as well as fulfilling other activity requirements such as attendance at M&M and Grand Rounds, and at least 2 observational experiences with the assigned surgical mentor. Previous participation in the M1 Surgical Enhancement Activity is highly encouraged, but not required, for participation in this activity.