Ph.D. Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

This Program includes courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience that are: (1) part of the Medical School curriculum; (2) offered within the Department or (3) offered by another department on the Medical Campus. An integral part of the program is the requirement for students to participate as Teaching Fellows in Medical and Graduate school courses as part of our Vesalius Teaching Apprenticeship. Research is a major component of the PhD curriculum. Students participate in laboratory rotations during the first year of graduate study and typically become affiliated with a research laboratory at the end of the first year. The PhD program is designed to produce well-rounded biomedical scientists who expect to include both research and teaching in their career. For additional information on required courses and elective courses/seminars, please go to:

http://www.bumc.bu.edu/anatneuro/neuroscience-programs/anatomy-   neurobiology-track/. If you have further questions please contact the Director of the Graduate Program, Dr. Jennie Luebke at jluebke@bu.edu.

M.S. Program, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

The MS Program, also called the Vesalius Program, is a nationally recognized program in which students are trained in both the biomedical sciences and in the principles of teaching in the biomedical sciences.

Vesalius students take first year medical and graduate school courses to obtain a solid foundation in the biomedical sciences and in the principles of brain function. They then use this rigorous environment to train to become an effective educator. The Vesalius Program offers small advanced teaching courses combined with one-on-one mentoring with experienced and award winning faculty. By the time they graduate, our students have extensive mentored teaching experience.

For additional information please go to http://www.bu.edu/vesalius/; on this page you will find a link to the MS Degree Program Guideline. If you have further questions please contact the Director of the Masters Program, Dr. Ann Zumwalt at azumwalt@bu.edu.

Medical and Dental School Curriculum

School of Medicine

  1. The School of Medicine offers a traditional four-year MD program as well as a seven-year combined program with the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences.
  2. The Office of Academic Affairs at the Boston University School of Medicine oversees the medical education curriculum. Information about this office can be found at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/education/academic-affairs/.
  3. Medical school course and clerkship information can be found at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/education/academic-affairs/academic-program/.
  4. View the detailed BUSM-I, -II, -III and -IV academic calendars and schedules at: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/education/academic-affairs/academic-calendars/.
  5. The Boston University School of Medicine offers combined MD/PhD, MD/MBA, MD/MSCI and MD/JD programs. Additional information can be found at: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/admissions/degree-programs/.

School of Dental Medicine

  1. The Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine offers a traditional four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program as well as a seven-year combined program with the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences. Additionally, a two-year Advanced Standing (AS) Program is offered for internationally-trained dentists who would like to practice dentistry in the United States.
  2. To view the detailed DMD-I, -II, -III, -IV and AS-I, -II courses and requirements, please navigate to http://www.bu.edu/academics/sdm/courses/

 BU and BUSM Graduate Programs

In addition to our Departmental graduate programs, our Faculty are involved in a number of other programs as described below:

  • The Graduate Program for Neuroscience involves both the Charles River and the Medical Campuses. To view the program requirements, required courses and elective courses/seminars, please go to http://www.bu.edu/neuro/graduate/curriculum/.
  • The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) offers numerous MA and MS programs. Information on the Master’s degree programs can be found at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/gateway/prospective/m-a-m-s-programs/. Examples of such programs are:
    • Clinical master’s degree programs include: Bioimaging, Clinical Investigation, Genetic Counseling, Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Physician Assistant.
    • Master’s degree programs in the Forensic Sciences include: Biomedical Forensic Sciences, Forensic Anthropology.
    • Research based Master’s degree programs include: Biomedical Research Technology, Nutrition and Metabolism, Pathology.
    • Community engagement Master’s degree programs include: Clinical Investigation, Healthcare Emergency Management, Medical Anthropology and Cross Cultural Practice.
    •   Professional preparation Master’s degree programs include: MS in Medical Sciences program, MS in Oral Health sciences as well as the Vesalius Program, which is offered through the Department of Anatomy Neurobiology (see above).
  • The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) also offers numerous PhD programs. Some of these programs are grouped under one umbrella, the Program in Biomedical Science (PiBS). Students have also the option to enroll in specific Departmental programs.
    • GMS program in Biomedical Science (PiBS): Students who have entered through PiBS   participate in an integrated Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FiBS) curriculum with content coordinated across courses, programs and departments. The core curriculum spans 1.5 semesters.  The FiBS  core modules (each 2 cr)  include (i) Protein Structure, Catalysis & Interaction, (ii) Structure and Function of the Genome, (iii) Architecture & Dynamics of the Cell and (iv) Mechanisms of Cell Communication while elective modules include (i) Translational Genetics and Genomics, (ii) Molecular Metabolism, (iii)Physiology of Specialized Cells as well as Program specific modules such as (iv) Comprehensive Immunology and (v) Concepts in Virology.  All graduate students  (not just students entering through the PiBS pathway) are eligible to enroll in FiBS modular courses.  Additionally, trainees experience laboratory rotations and engage in journal clubs and research seminars.  After students select a laboratory for their dissertation research, students will join the department/program with which the mentor is affiliated and continue towards Ph.D. candidacy in that discipline.
    •  Direct entry through a Department/Program: Other Ph.D. programs are specifically offered in Anatomy and Neurobiology, in Behavioral neuroscience or in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

For detailed curriculum information on the School of Medicine Ph.D. programs navigate to: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/gateway/prospective/phd-programs/phd-curriculum/

Course Development Resources

The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT) is a BU-wide offers extensive teaching resources. The Center was established in 2001 to promote and support exemplary teaching, to facilitate the continued professional development of faculty as teachers, and to introduce new faculty to the culture of excellence in teaching at Boston University. The center resources are organized into five main categories as follows: 1) Course Design; 2) Engaging your Students; 3) Teaching with Technology; 4) Grant Support through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Office of Provost Support and 5) Supplemental Teaching Materials. The center provides a wealth of information, from course design and writing a syllabus to engaging students inside and outside of the classroom. These resources can be found at http://www.bu.edu/ceit/teaching-resources/.

Faculty Link

Faculty link includes numerous on-line instructor tools. Faculty can navigate to their class list, grading page, advisee list, etc. The faculty link login page can be found at, https://weblogin.bu.edu//web@login3?jsv=1.5p&br=un&fl=0. You will need your username and Kerberos password to enter the site. Please note that some of these functions are not linked to courses taught in the medical and dental schools (e.g. class list, grading). A screenshot of the Faculty Link pages is shown below:

 Fac Link



Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is a web-based learning management system used throughout the Charles River and Medical Campuses. This resource has many capabilities; for example, instructors can easily post course materials, send emails, post announcements and post grades. Additional features such as on-line quizzes, survey tools and live interaction/communication with students are also available. Information on how to obtain and use a Blackboard Learn site can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/tech/services/teaching/lms/blackboard/instructors/. In addition, Blackboard Learn training sessions are periodically offered; the date/times can be found at http://www.bu.edu/tech/about/training/classroom/courseware/.

Room Scheduling

The Payne Library and Alan Peters Seminar Room are located in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and reservations are scheduled through our Department. Please e-mail Melissa Kelly mae@bu.edu (alternate contact: Lee Farris leeanne@bu.edu) to request one of these two rooms. Availability for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology can be viewed at the following link: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/anatneuro/resources/student-resources/library-and-seminar-calander/

To schedule a room outside the Department, email your request to the Office of Resource Schedule: emc_roomscheduling_bumc@bu.edu. This office is located in the Educational Resources Center on the third floor of the Medical School, in L-310. Additional information on room scheduling can be found at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/bumc-emc/ors/.

BUMC Educational Media Center

The Educational Media Center is a resource for instructional technology as well as photography, illustration, graphic design and web design services. For additional information please navigate to http://www.bumc.bu.edu/bumc-emc/.

GMS Appointment

Faculty members in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology are not automatically members of the Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) Faculty. In order to mentor graduate students, faculty must have a GMS appointment. The Committee on GMS Faculty Membership reviews nominees for membership. Information on this committee can be found at http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/gateway/facultystaff/gms-committees/committee-on-gms-faculty-membership/.

The on-line GMS faculty membership form can be found at: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/gateway/facultystaff/re-commitment-of-gms-faculty-membership/.