Incoming Student Orientation

Welcome to the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at the Boston University School of Medicine. We look forward to assisting you throughout your course of study here.

Congratulations on accepting our offer to attend the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at the Boston University School of Medicine!

There will not be a formal Spring Orientation Gathering. Specific Orientation information will be supplied to you by your individual programs. We look forward to meeting you this Spring. Please see the following information regarding registration procedures, financial services, housing and other University requirements and resources.

Please refer to your individual programs for specific instructions for beginning your Spring semester.

You are required to review, sign and submit following forms:

You may be required to complete laboratory safety and/or radiation trainings. Please check with your program director.  Both trainings are available as online format.

The GMS Registrar, Ms. Millie Agosto, will be sending an email with instructions on creating a BU email account. Students will register for courses when they meet with their program advisor. 

All incoming students are required to submit a final, official transcript, degree certificate or other official document outlining any previously conferred degree(s). Please submit any outstanding required official document(s) as soon as possible to:

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, ATTN: Teresa Garrison
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, L-317
Boston, MA 02118, U.S.A.

All students must obtain a BU student identification card (ID). You may obtain your ID card from the Medical Campus Identification Office at 710 Albany Street in Room 102 on weekdays between 7:00AM and 9:00AM and between 12:30PM and 3:00PM. 

Please refer to the Boston University 2018-2019 Academic Calendar for important dates. 

Boston University offers Aetna health insurance to all GMS students. If you choose not to enroll in the Aetna health insurance plan, then you must waive the plan via the BU Student Link. Otherwise, you will be automatically enrolled and charged for Aetna health insurance through Boston University.

Boston University School of Medicine requires a Medical History and Physical Report Form for all new students. All incoming students should complete the Medical (MD), Dental, or Clinical Graduate Medical Sciences Program forms. Completed forms can be uploaded to thePatient Connect Portal. Any questions should be directed to Student Health Services at 617-353-3575.

**YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR CLASS UNTIL PROOF OF REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE SUBMITTED TO STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Please see our website for Tuition and Fees for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Information on withdrawal and tuition refunds for Spring 2018 can also be found on the BU Registrar website. This information is pertinent if you find that you are unable to attend classes, but have already registered.

Matriculating students who wish to apply for financial assistance must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any federal aid, including the Federal Direct Loan and the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Programs, the Federal Work-Study Program, and the low-interest rate Federal Perkins Loan Program. FAFSA forms can be filed on the official FAFSA website. Students should list BU’s Title IV code (002130) on the FAFSA application so the information can be sent electronically to BU once it has been processed.

Boston University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. The GMS Financial Aid website outlines all federal loan applications (Federal Direct Loan Program and Graduate Federal PLUS Loan Program) and other financing options available to graduate students.

Many full-time degree candidates will need to find an alternative loan program to supplement the Federal Direct Loan program. There are several popular credit-based loan programs BU graduate students can apply for in order to meet their financial obligations while attending BU. Information on these programs can be found on the Financial Assistance website on the All Other Graduate Student Loans page. We strongly suggest students choose and apply to only one credit-based loan program to supplement the Federal Direct Loan program. Each of these credit-based loan programs offers a variety of competitive rates and repayment options. Keep in mind that these loan programs are options for consideration and are not mandatory.

Please note that applications for financial aid will not be processed until the student has officially registered for classes, but students may begin to process and consult their options. Please direct your tuition and financial aid questions to Ms. Sherill Ashe, GMS Financial Administrator, by phone at (617) 638-5216, fax at (617) 638-5740, or email at sashe@bu.edu. You may also visit the GMS Financial Aid website for additional information. 

Once you have created your BU Email and password, please log into BU Off-Campus Services to investigate listings for off-campus apartments in the Greater Boston area. All students should familiarize themselves with Tenant’s Rights prior to signing a lease. Additionally, BU Real Estate offers BU apartments to graduate students, faculty and staff. For information regarding available apartments on the Charles River Campus, please call BU Real Estate at (617) 353-4101. All information can be found on our website.

Should you have any problems or questions regarding your visa status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor, (617-353-3565 or isso@bu.edu).  You will not be allowed to register for classes until the International Students and Scholars Office has cleared you for admission.

Congratulations on accepting our offer to attend the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at the Boston University School of Medicine. We look forward to meeting you at the Fall Orientation, details outlined below. Please see the following information regarding registration procedures, financial services, housing and other University requirements and resources prior to Orientation. 

Fall 2018 Orientation will be held on  August 31st  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at 670 Albany Street Auditorium on the Boston University Medical Campus. Check-in will be held from 8:00 am – 8:50 am in the lobby of 700 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118. Please note, all M.S. in Medical Sciences students will check in at the 670 Albany Street lobby. During check-in, please feel free to visit the different departments presenting at the resource fair and enjoy a light continental breakfast. 

Faculty, staff, and current students will be available to answer questions and deliver brief, informative presentations. Program specific orientations will be held following the general orientation session. Lunch will also be provided at the event.

Please refer to your individual programs for specific instructions for beginning your Fall Semester.

Prior to Orientation, you are required to review, sign and submit following forms:

**We will also be collecting these forms during Orientation if you would prefer to bring in and sign on site. 

You may be required to complete laboratory safety and/or radiation training. Please check with your program director.  Both trainings are available as online format.

All incoming students are required to submit a final transcript, degree certificate, or other official documents showing all previous degrees conferred. If you have not already submitted the required documents, please do so immediately. If your degree will be conferred in May or September 2018, please submit all required documentation no later than October 15, 2018, to the following address:

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, ATTN: Teresa Garrison
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, L-317
Boston, MA 02118, U.S.A.

All required documents may also be submitted in a sealed (official) envelope to Teresa Garrison on the day of Orientation.

TransComm Information and semester pass deadline: August 10, 2018.

Please contact the GMS Financial Aid Coordinator, Ms. Sherill Ashe, at sashe@bu.edu if you have not received your Fall 2018 tuition bill. You can also view your bill through the Student Link.  Please update your mailing address with Student Link to ensure your bill is sent to the correct address. If you have made alternative plans and will not be attending Boston University this Fall, please email Teresa Garrison tigarris@bu.edu as soon as possible, but no later than August 31st, 2018, to avoid tuition charges.

All incoming students are required to submit a final, official transcript, degree certificate or other official document outlining any previously conferred degree(s). Please submit any outstanding required official document(s) as soon as possible to:

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, ATTN: Teresa Garrison
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, L-317
Boston, MA 02118, U.S.A.

The GMS Registrar, Ms. Millie Agosto, will be sending an email with instructions on creating a BU email account and early access to some online services in June 2018. 

Please review your pre-registered courses via the Student Link. Please note that pre-registered courses are tentative and you will be able to finalize your courses during orientation after meeting with your advisor.

Information to set up your BU email address and Kerberos password was emailed to you by the GMS Registrar, Ms. Millie Agosto. Please contact Ms. Agosto at millie@bu.edu with any questions regarding setting up your BU email address and Kerberos password, which are needed to access the Student Link.

All students must obtain a BU student identification card (ID). You may obtain your ID card from the Medical Campus Identification Office at 710 Albany Street in Room 102 on weekdays between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM and between 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM. 

Please refer to the Boston University 2018-2019 Academic Calendar for important dates. 

Boston University offers Aetna health insurance to all GMS students. If you choose not to enroll in the Aetna health insurance plan, then you must waive the plan via the BU Student Link. Otherwise, you will be automatically enrolled and charged for Aetna health insurance through Boston University.

Boston University School of Medicine requires a Medical History and Physical Report Form for all new students. All incoming students should complete the Medical (MD), Dental, or Clinical Graduate Medical Sciences Program forms. Completed forms can be uploaded to the Patient Connect Portal. Any questions should be directed to Student Health Services at 617-353-3575.

**YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR CLASS UNTIL PROOF OF REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE SUBMITTED TO STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES.

Please see our website for Tuition and Fees for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Information on withdrawal and tuition refunds for Fall 2018 can also be found on the BU Registrar website. This information is pertinent if you find that you are unable to attend classes, but have already registered.

Matriculating students who wish to apply for financial assistance must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any federal aid, including the Federal Direct Loan and the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Programs, the Federal Work-Study Program, and the low-interest rate Federal Perkins Loan Program. FAFSA forms can be filed on the official FAFSA website. Students should list BU’s Title IV code (002130) on the FAFSA application so the information can be sent electronically to BU once it has been processed.

Boston University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. The GMS Financial Aid website outlines all federal loan applications (Federal Direct Loan Program and Graduate Federal PLUS Loan Program) and other financing options available to graduate students.

Many full-time degree candidates will need to find an alternative loan program to supplement the Federal Direct Loan program. There are several popular credit-based loan programs BU graduate students can apply for in order to meet their financial obligations while attending BU. Information on these programs can be found on the Financial Assistance website on the All Other Graduate Student Loans page. We strongly suggest students choose and apply to only one credit-based loan program to supplement the Federal Direct Loan program. Each of these credit-based loan programs offers a variety of competitive rates and repayment options. Keep in mind that these loan programs are options for consideration and are not mandatory.

Please note that applications for financial aid will not be processed until the student has officially registered for classes, but students may begin to process and consult their options. Please direct your tuition and financial aid questions to Ms. Sherill Ashe, GMS Financial Administrator, by phone at (617) 638-5216, fax at (617) 638-5740, or email at sashe@bu.edu. You may also visit the GMS Financial Aid website for additional information. 

Once you have created your BU Email and password, please log into BU Off-Campus Services to investigate listings for off-campus apartments in the Greater Boston area. All students should familiarize themselves with Tenant’s Rights prior to signing a lease. Additionally, BU Real Estate offers BU apartments to graduate students, faculty and staff. For information regarding available apartments on the Charles River Campus, please call BU Real Estate at (617) 353-4101. All information can be found on our website.

Should you have any problems or questions regarding your visa status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor, (617-353-3565 or isso@bu.edu).  You will not be allowed to register for classes until the International Students and Scholars Office has cleared you for admission.