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Spotlight on MS Student: Rebekah Gould

December 1st, 2013 in Homepage Spotlights, Student Spotlight

WGould, Rebekahhat drove you to pursue a career in science?

Science was always secondary to dentistry. From as far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a dentist, and naturally, I found myself interested in science. Growing up, I had a strong relationship with my own pediatric dentist and orthodontist, and I really admired him. When it came time to attend college, I decided to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the goal to pursue a career in dentistry.

Why did you choose to come to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)?

I was really hoping to go to dental school following my senior year of college, but for various reasons, it did not work out that way. While I had a solid Dental Admissions Test (DAT) score and plenty of experience shadowing in the field, I didn’t have the strongest undergraduate GPA. I knew I might have to get a Master’s degree before applying again, and started looking for programs. When I found the BUSM Oral Health Sciences (OHS) Track, I almost thought it was too good to be true! The program was exactly what I needed, and it seemed like it would prepare me well for dental school.

Can you tell me a little about the program you are in?

UNC is a huge school, so to come into a program with only seventeen other students was what initially attracted me to this program. The OHS program is a track within the MA in Medical Sciences program where students take half of their classes with the first-year dental students at the BU Goldman School of Dental Medicine (BUGSDM). These classes are a unique characteristic of the program because they give the OHS students a real chance to experience the rigor of dental school courses. OHS also provides a lot of support to their students. The program director, Dr. Theresa Davies, is so enthusiastic about helping her students achieve their goals. This support system was not something I had in undergrad, and it has really helped me progress through the program.

What are your plans after completing the program?

I officially graduate in September 2013, but I will be walking in the May Commencement ceremony. This fall, I will attend BUGSDM as a dental student. Because I am in the OHS program, I will have already taken a few of my first semester classes, so my schedule will be a little lighter than the other first-year dental students. I hope this extra time will allow me to really focus on my other courses and to explore all my options. After dental school, I want to pursue a specialty in pediatric dentistry or orthodontics.

What do you enjoy doing outside BUSM?

I came to Boston in June 2012 for the very first time when I started the OHS program. I live in the South End with two roommates, and we love being tourists within the city. We are always finding new restaurants to try. I recently attended my first Celtics game, and I want to go on a Duck tour this summer. The winter seemed very long, and I am happy that it is finally starting to warm up.

What advice can you give other GMS students?

No matter what program you are in, give it all you’ve got. Dr. Davies told me when I entered the program that the work in the upcoming year would be my hardest yet, but that I would be successful as long as I put the effort in. Your work is doable, even when it is most challenging. Seek out a support system, whether it is an advisor, a professor, a classmate, or family and friends. There are resources out there for GMS students to help you throughout your career here – you just have to know how to find them. With the right support system and a strong commitment to your work, you will be able to work hard and succeed.

Forensic Anthropology Faculty Discuss JFK Assasination on PBS

November 21st, 2013 in General News

Dr. Pokines and Dr. Cummings Discuss the JFK Assassination on the PBS Nova Special “Cold Case JFK”

Dr. Pokines and Dr. Cummings discuss the JFK autopsy and demonstrate a possible reconstruction of JFK’s skull with Greg Mahoney (Forensic Artist from the Boston Police Department) on the PBS Nova special “Cold Case JFK”. To view the special, please click here.

Learn more about the Forensic Anthropology program.

STaRS Application Now Open

November 1st, 2013 in General News, Homepage, Prospective Student, Research

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Training as Research Scholars Program.  STaRS is a dynamic and focused program that is designed specifically for the enhancement of skills required for successful entrance and completion of a graduate program or an MD/PhD program in the biomedical sciences. STaRS is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduates from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences:  African-American, Hispanic,  Native American/Native Alaskan, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.

For more information please visit our website or contact starsgms@bu.edu.

Application Opens November 1, 2013. Apply Now!

Deadline: February 15, 2014

Toothbrush Sale 11/18 L-109

October 31st, 2013 in General News

Annual Toothbrush Sale

November 18th
10:00am-12:30pm
L-109

GMS 2014 Application Portal Open

September 10th, 2013 in General News

The application portal for GMS programs is now open! Please see our admissions page for details.

Upcoming GMSSO Events

September 9th, 2013 in General News, Homepage

Professional Development Award: Due Date extended to November 15th

Operation Gratitude: November 11th-14th and November 18th-21st

“Movember” Men’s Health Bake Sale: November 22nd

For information and to view more events, please check out the GMSSO website.

Campus Safety Message

September 8th, 2013 in General News, Homepage

This message is from Connie Packard, Director of Public Safety, Control Center and Parking Services.

Sept. 18, 2013

Personal safety and security are the shared responsibility of everyone at BU Medical Campus (BUMC) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). The days have begun to be shorter and we want to remind you about how to stay alert and safe. As always, the Public Safety Department urges you to take precautions to protect your personal and BUMC/BMC property.

The following safety tips can help keep you safe and secure.

In the Neighborhood:

  • Be aware of people distracting you so they can have an opportunity to take your belongings. Asking you what time it is, if you have a match or for directions are the usual methods.
  • Do not use cell phones, iPods or any mobile device when going to and from an outside location. Not only do these items appear valuable to a thief, but they also distract you from paying attention to your surroundings.
  • When parking your vehicle, keep doors secured until you are ready to exit. There have been incidents where suspects have opened passenger doors and taken visible property from the front seat.

In the Workplace:

  • Never compromise safety or security for the sake of convenience. For example:  use our escort shuttle service on campus instead of walking alone, especially when it gets dark.
  • Wear your Boston University or Boston Medical Center Identification Badge at all times.
  • Always lock your office or work area when you leave for any period of time.
  • Never prop doors open.
  • When entering “CARD ACCESS ONLY” areas, do not to allow non-ID employees or visitors in behind you.
  • If you are using a laptop computer, do not leave it unattended at any time.
  • Keep your purse, wallet, keys and other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer or cabinet.
  • Carry a minimal amount of cash and credit/ATM cards while at school or in the workplace.
  • Do not carry passports, visas, or social security cards unless absolutely necessary.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to Public Safety at 414-4444.

When Traveling:

  • Remain in well-lit, well-traveled areas. Avoid shortcuts and remain alert.
  • Do not use cell phones or iPods or other devices with earphones while walking to your destination— this includes walking to garages and waiting at bus stops. When wearing earphones, your hearing is diminished and you become a target for crime. Make yourself familiar with the location of the blue BUMC Public Safety Emergency Call boxes around the campus.
  • Travel with a friend or in a group when possible. Utilize the shuttle services or request a public safety escort after hours by calling 617-414-4444 for on campus destinations.
  • Have your car or building key in your hand before you reach the door of your car or destination.  Do not spend time at your car door or at your destination searching for your keys.
  • Always secure your vehicle. Never leave any valuables or contents in plain view. GPS navigation systems, laptop computers, iPods, electronics devices, bags and money left in vehicles are targeted by thieves. If you use a suction device to mount electronic equipment, remove the device and clean the ring left on the windshield or dashboard. The suction device or ring on the windshield is a sign to thieves that devices might be hidden in the vehicle. Lock all property in the trunk prior to parking your vehicle or take it with you.

Please visit our website www.bumc.bu.edu/publicsafety for additional crime prevention information and brochures on personal protection, workplace safety and home security.

Should you have any questions or concerns about your personal safety here at Boston University Medical Campus or Boston Medical Center and would like to speak to me personally, please email (cpack@bu.edu) or call me (617-638-4935)

 

Stay Safe!

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Events at BUMC

September 4th, 2013 in Postdocs

September 17 – 19, 2013

Since 2009, the National Postdoc Association has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the country and parts of the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2012, 112 institutions in 32 states and Canada hosted 203 events to show their appreciation of postdocs.

This year, the GMS Office of Professional Development and Postdoctoral Affairs is busy planning its third annual NPAW events which begins with the always popular Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm on Talbot Green (weather permitting) in front of BU School of Medicine Instructional Building. The rain location will be in Hiebert Lounge, 14th floor of School of Medicine Bldg. Please join in celebrating the contributions and achievements of BUMC postdocs on that day.

The Ice Cream Social will be followed by two seminars relevant to trainees.

First of the two is: Scientific Storytelling presented by Dr. Rafeal Luna on Wednesday, Sept., 18 from 12:00 – 1:50 pm in room L-212/214 with lunch provided.

Second seminar is: Communication Styles presented by Sarah Cardozo Duncan, Career Strategist on Thursday, Sept., 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 with reception preceding the presentation. All of those who support the postdoctoral community at BUMC are invited. Please email: Yolanta@bu.edu to register or for more information. Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

 

Incoming Student BBQ 9/3 in Hiebert Lounge due to weather.

August 29th, 2013 in General News

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ASM Sarber Award Recipient

August 9th, 2013 in General News, Homepage, Research

Congratulations to Fadie Coleman, PhD candidate in the Department of Microbiology for being recognized as one of two students to receive the Sarber Award for research excellence and potential, sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

Fadie will be presented this award at the ASM General Meeting Awards Banquet and Dinner on Sunday, May 18, 2014 here in Boston. Please join us in congratulating Fadie!