Working Groups & ad hoc Committees


Co-chairs: Molly Cohen-Osher, MD and Ann Zumwalt, PhD

Members: Priya Garg, MD; Warren Hershman, MD; Allison Larson, MD; Robert Lowe, MD; Justin Lui, MD; Karen Symes, PhD; Rachel Thompson, MD; Christopher Vaughan; Aaron Young, PhD


  • To establish the BUSM Core; a list of core presenting symptoms and patient types (e.g. well child, pregnant patient) that all BUSM students should be able to work up and provide basic management recommendations for by the time of graduation.
  • To weave the BUSM Core through the curriculum to promote integration throughout the four years and to guide the clinical focus in the pre-clerkship curriculum
  • To use the BUSM Core to develop tools for clinical reasoning and competency assessment

Nutrition Vertical Integration Group

Members: Carine Lenders MD, MS, ScD; Kate Donovan, MS, RD, LDN; Jonathan Berz, MD; Ryan Chippendale, MD; Gwynneth Offner, MD; Suzanne Sarfaty, MD; SNAAC Leadership

Advisory Faculty: Caroline Apovian, MD; Gail March, PhD; Lorrie Young, MS, RD; Tracey Burg, RD

Goal: To assess, enhance, and sustain nutrition medicine knowledge, attitudes, and skills at the medical school

Outcomes: Nutrition VIG Documents

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Substance Use and Prescription Drug Misuse (SUPDM) Vertical Integration Group

Faculty Members:Daniel Alford, Theresa Kim, Miriam Hoffman, Nanette Harvey, John Otis, Lorraine Stanfield, Molly Cohen-Osher, Ryan Chippendale, Karen Harnett, Heidi Werner, Oren Berkowitz, Susan White, Megan Young, Cheryl McSweeney, Alison Larson, Ed Bernstein
Staff Members: Jacqueline German, Ann Cashell
Student Members: Katrina Ciraldo, Lauren Ha, Jamie Lim, Andrew Hyatt, Rohan Rastogi

In response to the state’s opioid morbidity and mortality crisis, in 2015, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders created the Governor’s Medical Education Working Group on Prescription Drug Misuse which included the Deans of the four state medical schools. The Working Group created the Core Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse to be taught to all Massachusetts medical students. At BUSM the SUPDM VIG was created to ensure that these Core Competencies were covered in the BUSM curriculum.


  • Determine which classes within the current four year BUSM curriculum address any aspect of substance use/prescription drug misuse
  • Identify needed changes throughout curriculum and determine what is considered “core” content and “supplemental” (i.e., elective) content
  • Add content to fill gaps, update existing content, reduce any redundancies
  • Map Governor’s “Medical Education Core Competencies” to updated BUSM SUPDM curriculum
  • Create a new teaching paradigm for SUPDM education within BUSM
  • Faculty development SUPDM teaching opportunities
  • Sustainability and ongoing updates of all SUPDM curricular components


  • Created VIG Learning Areas for SUPDM Education at BUSM.
  • Created the SUPDM Curriculum Map. SUPDM curriculum has been mapped throughout the four year BUSM curriculum. This has been divided into a:
    1. core curriculum: courses that all students receive through standardized content and
    2. supplemental curriculum: learning opportunities (e.g. electives, observerships, lectures) that not all students receive.
  • Created Matching the Governor’s Working Group Core Competencies to the BUSM SUPDM Curriculum. Documents that the Governor’s Medical Education Core Competencies are met through core components of SUPDM curriculum throughout BUSM, meaning all graduating students will have met minimum core competencies requirements; additional opportunities to learn/practice are offered in supplemental curriculum.