Student Activities Updates

Please click here to find minutes from the  February SCOMSA meeting:

2.8.2012 SCOMSA Minutes

Student Group Activities:________________________________________________________

American Medical Women’s Association


Approximately 40 students (5% male) participated in our “Daring to Ask: An Interactive Workshop on Negotiations” event on Wednesday February 8, 2012. Our guest speaker and leader of the workshop was Sarah Elizabeth Curi, JD. She is a practicing health care lawyer who has worked extensively with students. Sarah illustrated just how much disparity there was between female and male physicians, not just in terms of income, but also the way women are perceived in the workplace and the negative stereotypes surrounding females. She pointed out how female students and physicians can be more assertive and how not to fall victim to these stereotypes. She concluded the evening with helpful negotiation tactics that female students and future physicians can apply on a daily basis so that they can eventually get what they really want in the workplace.


History of Medicine Interest Group


Dr. James Brust came to campus to talk about BUSM’s early history, including its time as a women’s medical college, an early educator of African American doctors, and a homeopathic medical school. Dr. Brust is a psychiatrist out in California, a published historian, and donor to the BUSM library archives. The dinner event attracted a group of 40 that included students, alumni, neighbors, and medical school deans. 




The American Medical Association (AMA)/Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Chapter at BUSM held a very successful meeting over lunch on Friday, November 18, 2011. During the meeting, the leaders of the chapter (Francis Kim & Jamie Sparling) educated members about how they can get involved in leadership roles through the AMA and the MMS, and the types of skills they can develop through these experiences. We introduced the new leadership board structure for the chapter, and reviewed responsibilities for each role. In addition, we commented on other leadership positions, such as student delegate/alternate delegate to MMS committees, AMA-Medical Student Section (MSS) standing committees, and AMA-MSS convention committees. 

Veeshal Patel gave a review of our chapter’s participation at the AMA-MSS Interim Meeting in New Orleans, LA the prior week, and first time attendees Chris Hjorth and Arvind Nishtala shared their impressions of the experience. In all, we had 16 BUSM students attend the conference, passed three BUSM-authored resolutions, and had six poster/podium presentations at the Research Symposium.

After the meeting, we circulated applications for chapter leadership positions, and have now successfully filled the roles of Co-Chair- AMA affairs, Co-Chair- MMS affairs, Membership Chair, Community Service Chair, and Logistics Chair.

A very big thank you to SCOMSA and the MMS for funding the lunch for our meeting! We were able to serve a delicious and healthy lunch of salads and sandwiches/wraps from Tossed.



Student Research Presented at National Conferences:____________________________________

Ankit Agarwal


The ACNM/SNM Mid-Winter meeting of 2012 featured oral presentations and poster presentations from the fields of nuclear medicine and radiology from around the country. Special topics of discussion included the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease, imaging techniques in the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease, and the cutting edge of research on new treatment options. Presentations also featured the impact of combining imaging modalities such as PET/CT with diagnostic level CTs with IV Contrast, PET-MRI, and others. The clinical impact as well as the practical financial concerns associated with these new modalities were discussed. Finally, the ACNM conference dinner in the evening announced the abstract award winners, including my presentation as the best oral presentation. 



Allison Bond


The one-day Integrate Chicago Conference explored the many modalities of integrative, complementary and alternative medicine through panel discussions, presentations and workshops. The conference was the result of collaboration between medical students in the Chicago area and nationally, and its aim was to boost understanding and awareness of integrative medicine among those in the medical community. With fellow second-year medical student Emily Holick, I presented a poster delineating BUSM’s newly developed MEDYoga course. There were approximately 150 students in attendance, along with many prominent members of the integrative medicine community. Overall, it was an exciting experience, and I had the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of integrative medicine, learning about such subjects as the anti-inflammatory diet, mindfulness-based stress reduction and motivational interviewing. I sincerely thank SCOMSA for the funding it provided so I could have this experience.

Rebecca Burke


This past November I attended the Society for Neuroscience’s Annual meeting held in Washington D.C. to present a poster entitled “Intracerebroventricular infusion of bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) and insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) modulates the cholinergic phenotype of the septohippocampal pathway in the rat”. This poster reflects the thesis work I have been pursuing as part of my graduate training in the MD/PhD program at Boston University School of Medicine. My research demonstrates that intracranial infusion of two growth factors, BMP9 and IGF2, modulates the cholinergic phenotype of the septohippocampal pathway, a pathway critically important for learning and memory. At the meeting, I had the opportunity to discuss this work with my peers in addition to accomplished scientists from all over the world. These interactions provided insight into my res! ults and helped shape future research directions. I also had the opportunity to attend presidential lectures and special lectures given by some of the world’s leading scientists focusing on aspects as broad and diverse as Alzheimer’s Disease, Rhett Syndrome, the epigenetic basis of neural disease, and cognition to name just a few. Finally, I viewed the posters of other graduate students and scientists on a wide variety of neuroscience topics. Attending the meeting proved to be an invaluable opportunity to fine tune and direct my own research, in addition to broadening my understanding of the research-related challenges that will face future neuroscientists. I am extremely grateful for SCOMSA’s generous funding support to help make my attendance possible.



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