15th Annual McCahan Day

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BUMC John McCahan Education Day Committee has decided to postpone the 15th Annual McCahan Education Day. When the situation improves, the Committee will reconvene to reschedule this event. 

In light of this unexpected circumstance, the Committee will honor all Abstract submissions when it considers Awards for Best Student Abstract and Best Resident/Fellow Abstract, regardless of whether that student, resident, or fellow has graduated by the time McCahan Education Day is rescheduled. Both the Abstract and Workshop Submission Portals will remain open until the original deadline of April 10, 2020.

More detailed information relating to the rescheduled McCahan Education Day will be provided once the Committee reconvenes.  Meanwhile, please stay safe and healthy.


Workshops and Abstracts submissions now OPEN!

Due April 10, 2020!



Theme: Cognitive Learning Sciences

Keynote Speaker: David H. Rose, Ed.D.

David Rose is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning.



In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and many other countries. Dr. Rose has also taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for over three decades.



As a researcher, Dr. Rose has been the Principal Investigator on many U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation grants, most of them related to advancing the ideas and practices of UDL. He has authored dozens of journal articles and academic book chapters and is the author of several books, including Universal Design for Learning: Theory & Practice (CAST Professional Publishing, 2014) and Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning (ASCD, 2002). He has also testified before the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee and regularly advises state departments of education on policies related to the education of students with disabilities and designing universally designed educational systems.



In recognition of his excellence as an educator, the Department of Medical Sciences & Education and the Boston University Medical Campus is proud to host the 15th Annual McCahan Medical Campus Education Day.

Dr. John F. McCahan served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine from 1976 until 2006, during which he oversaw numerous revisions and reforms of the M.D. curriculum. He guided a major change in curriculum governance and chaired the Medical Education Committee, created in this reorganization. Throughout his career, he had a particular interest in the patient-doctor interaction and the teaching methodologies that resulted in effective clinical skills. He has actively taught, studied, and administered a variety of educational formats from large group lectures to one-on-one teaching, feedback, and evaluation. Throughout the years, he earned the admiration of his colleagues for his ability to articulate and implement a clear vision of modern medical education.