The Medical Campus will hold it’s annual housing fair on Friday June 14.
Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
4:30-5:50 pm Panel Discussion, Bakst Auditorium
5:50-6:30 pm Reception, Room L-109
Boston University School of Medicine, Instructional Building
72 East Concord Street
Director of the Genetic Counseling Program in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS)
What do you think of when you think of your dream job? For MaryAnn Campion, Director of the Genetic Counseling Program in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), it is leadership, healthcare, and teaching. An active member of the GMS community, she continually influences her students to pursue successful careers in an evolving field while setting an example for her colleagues on various administrative committees with her dedication and warm personality.
What kind of career did you have before coming to BUSM?
Before starting at Boston University, I worked as a prenatal genetic counselor at the Greenwood Genetic Center in South Carolina. My work involved prenatal testing and patients with high-risk pregnancies. I enjoyed my job, but ultimately, I wanted to be the director of a graduate program, where I could continue seeing patients in the clinic, but also begin teaching. A few years ago, GMS wanted to start a genetic counseling program, and a position opened that would allow me to expand into a teaching/director role.
Can you tell me about the genetic counseling program?
The GMS Genetic Counseling program is one of thirty-two programs in the country, and the only program in New England offered on a medical campus. We receive around 150 applications a year and are fortunate to have access to exceptional and dynamic students. Throughout the two year program, students take courses, complete research projects, and train through fieldwork experience so that they have a smooth transition into the workforce. Through surveys and interviews, we are continuously asking current students what is and is not working and asking alumni about their post-grad experience. This open-door policy really allows students to shape the program and influence the curriculum.
Besides director of the Genetic Counseling program, what other roles do you have at BUSM?
Approximately twenty percent of my time is spent at Boston Medical Center working in the OB/GYN department. The other eighty percent is divided between the students, teaching, and my administrative roles. I work primarily with the students in my program, but I have also served as a thesis reader for students in other programs and give lectures for the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program. There are numerous committees that I serve on both within GMS and nationally. Recently, I collaborated on a grant with the School of Public Health that developed a tool for tracking patients’ family histories.
What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of your job?
The most challenging job is trying to stay up-to-date with all the advancements in my field. Genetic and genomic medicine is constantly changing. I often feel like I am teaching a “moving target” because a method or concept I explain today may be obsolete by the time my student graduates. When teaching, I focus on telling the students where and how they can find an answer, which will help them more in their careers than simply memorizing facts.
The most rewarding part of my job is definitely the students. They are my extended family. Every morning, I find that I am excited to go to work because I feel that I am making a difference in the lives of my students.
How do you like to spend your time outside of BUSM?
I am so grateful for my family. We have a “live in the moment” perspective, and appreciate the little things that balance out our lives. We enjoy being outdoors, and we do a lot of cycling, running, and camping together. I have two young children, so there is never a dull moment!
Do you have any advice for current students or prospective students?
I am currently working on my doctorate, and I wish I had the following advice when I was working on my Masters: Be present and engaged, and try to not lose sight of what matters most in life. Whether in your studies or personal life, it is important to remember not to sweat the small stuff. This time around, I can truly appreciate my graduate program for what it is, and not just the degree I will receive. Putting aspects of your life into perspective can really help you see the bigger picture.
A new program offered by the Division of Graduate Education at the NSF:
From the NSF site:
Our world is changing faster than ever before–technology is developing at an unprecedented rate and the world faces extraordinary challenges with solutions based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). What is needed to prepare STEM graduate students to meet these modern day challenges? Fundamental changes are also occurring in the career options for STEM professionals. What is necessary to navigate the career pathways of the future?
The Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation challenges STEM graduate students across the nation to submit innovative ideas to prepare them for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges. Entries are solicited for ideas with the potential to improve graduate education and professional development. Ideas can be directed toward, for example, students, faculty, departments, institutions, professional societies, and/or federal agencies. Make your voice heard on STEM graduate education!
Be sure to include the following elements in your submission:
- The title of your submission (150 characters or less)
- The issue in graduate education you wish to address
- Your solution or idea
- How your idea will change graduate education
- Who: Currently enrolled STEM graduate students (see additional eligibility criteria)
- What: A 1000 to 1500 word submission responding to this challenge
- Where: Submission made to https://production.skild.com/skild2/NSF-EdChallenge/loginPage.action
- When: Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM Pacific Time on April 15, 2013
Wednesday April 17; 4 – 5:20pm, Keefer auditorium
Pre-registration required. There is no cost to attend the session.
Do you need to submit a research study to the BUMC IRB to be able to move forward with your student research project? If so, come attend this presentation by Clinical Research Resources Office (CRRO) Director Mary-Tara Roth. The presentation will provide some basic background on the human subjects research regulations, as well as provide practical advice and specific do’s and don’ts in working with the IRB and completing your IRB application within INSPIR (the online IRB submissions system). This presentation will focus on typical graduate student research IRB submissions, such as research using existing data and survey studies.
Neuroscience for Educators: Toward the Science of Learning
A Mini-symposium on Educational Neuroscience
Friday, April 19, 2013
This Mini-symposium is a six-hour in-depth introduction and review of current and future directions in the Science of Learning. Recent developments in Educational Neuroscience and the Science of Learning have demonstrated how teaching and learning can be informed by scientific, technological, and educational cognitive research initiatives. Distinguished thought leaders in Education and Neuroscience will provide insights into the scientific, structural, and teaching practices needed for the advancement of this emergent field.
08:00- 08:30 Continental Breakfast and Poster Board Session
08:30- 08:40 Welcoming Remarks – Mark Moss, PhD
08:40- 09:15 State of Science of Learning and Educational Science – Carl Franzblau, PhD
09:15- 10:00 Advances in Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning – Peter Bergethon, MD
10:00- 10:30 The Role of Computational Neuroscience in the Science of Learning –
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, PhD
10:30- 10:45 Break
10:45- 11:15 The Graduate Educational Challenges of the Science of Learning –
Kurt Fischer, PhD
11:15- 11:45 Advances in the Discipline of the Science of Learning and Educational
Neuroscience – Bruce McCandliss, PhD
11:45- 12:45 Moderated Thought Leadership Roundtable
Moderator – Mark Moss, PhD
Panel Members – Carl Franzblau, Peter Bergethon, Kurt Fischer,
12:45- 12:50 Closing Remarks – Mark Moss, PhD
1:00- 1:45 Reception and Poster Board Viewing
- Four Hours of Continuing Education credits are available
- Objectives: Participants completing this symposium should be able to
- Understand the interrelationship of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and teaching
- Describe the Science of Learning
- Understand the role of Educational Neuroscience in the Science of Learning
- Understand the role of Neuropsychology in the Science of Learning
- Understand the role of Educational Psychology in the Science of Learning
- Where: 670 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
- Main Auditorium, First Floor
- Parking is located at 710 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
- Cost to attend $45.00 (early registration $25.00 – by March 15th 2013) (Students, General admission, non-Continuing Education credits is free)
- Website to register: http://sites.bu.edu/neuro-ed/
- Please mail checks to
- Ms. Patty Jones, 650 Albany Street, Suite X-140, , MA 02118
Group counseling sessions have been arranged to serve students who have been affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Any student may attend the groups, whether they were at the Marathon or are simply distressed by this awful event. Attendance at the groups is free of charge. The groups are on the following dates, times and locations. Registration is recommended, but not required.
Thursday, April 18th, 4 pm. CARD (Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders), 648 Beacon St, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Friday, April 19th, 12 Noon. The Danielsen Institute, 185 Bay State Road. Call 617-353-3047 to register.
Friday, April 19th, 4pm. The SARP Center (Sexual Assault, Response & Prevention), 930 Commonwealth Avenue. Call 617-353-3569 to register.
Monday, April 22nd, 4pm. The SARP Center, 930 Commonwealth Ave. Call 617-353-3569 to register.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 3pm. The Danielsen Institute, 185 Bay State Road. Call 617-353-3047 to register.
Wednesday, April 24th, 4pm. CARD, 648 Beacon Street, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Thursday, April 25th, 12noon. The SARP Center, 930 Commonwealth Ave. Call 617-353-7277 to register.
Friday, April 26th, 1pm. CARD, 648 Beacon Street, 6th floor. Call 617-353-9610 to register.
Additional groups will be held the week of April 29, details to follow.
If you are interested in working to arrange another support group, please contact Jenna Vaillancourt at SARP or Mitzi Kane at Behavioral Medicine.
Though group counseling is a preferred method for assisting survivors of trauma, students can also call to inquire about individual support at the following numbers.
Mitzi Kane at Student Health Services, 617-353-3569
Bonnie Brown at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, 617-353-9610.
The Danielsen Institute, 617-353-3047.
For funded graduate students, Faculty and Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381.
Location: Hiebert Lounge
All students, faculty and staff from all schools are encouraged to submit artwork of any medium to the TWENTY-THIRD annual Boston University Medical School gallery for the arts. “Art Days” was begun by then Dean Chobanian to foster the support and growth of the creative arts at BUMC. It has been very successful and has shown work from students, faculty and staff and family members. The exhibition is mounted by the Creative Arts Society.
NEW FACET–KEYWORD: This is the second year of a university-wide arts initiative with an annual Keyword to be used as a thematic organizer for various courses and events. The Keyword for this year is RESILIENCE. (“Resilience is marked by flexibility, elasticity, and vivacity in the face of adversity.” See http://www.bu.edu/cfa/about/initiatives/keyword/.) Therefore, there may be a special section at Art Days for display of works addressing Resilience. However, it is also fine to submit work not related to the Keyword.
To be placed on the “submit list” or if you have any questions please contact:
Dr. Keith Tornheim 8-8296 email: email@example.com
On March 29 (or perhaps March 28), we will accept paintings, photos, poetry, sculpture, needlework, etc. Pieces should be framed if possible. Security will be provided. Works will be returned April 3. Specific instructions will be sent at a later date to those who respond to this announcement.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences is hosting an Open House on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 3-6PM at Boston University School of Medicine, Room L-201.
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) Program introduces students to a broad range of topics in the medical sciences while strengthening their academic credentials for admission to medical and other professional schools. It is a 32-credit program, with a required thesis, that can be completed in one or two calendar years. All coursework is taken in the first year but many student elect to use the second year to gain valuable research and volunteer experience at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center or off-campus.
Please RSVP to:
Dr. Gwynneth Offiner