Ringing in the End of the Fall 2023 Semester at GMS!

To our GMS community,

We’ve made it to the final days of another semester at GMS! The past months have certainly been busy, filled with classes, on-campus events, research, and studying. We have been thrilled to share each moment with you and are proud to see just how much you’re making a difference in your studies and work each day.

This semester, we hosted a variety of events through the Community Catalyst Center, Student Affairs, and partnerships with many cross-campus organizations. The semester began with Orientation, where we welcomed a brand-new cohort of master’s and PhD students to campus. Orientation also included our annual Fall Resource Fair, followed by a Welcome BBQ the next week cohosted by the School of Public Health.

In September, the Community Catalyst Center hosted its second-annual Gear-Up Week, with five different events to welcome students to the new semester: a Sip N’ Study Raffle, Explore the South End walking tours, Dr. Young’s “Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Graduate School” study skills session, and the Newbury Center’s First-Gen Orientation. The week finished up with a smash-hit Fall Kick-off Pizza Party on Talbot Green.

Later in the month, Student Affairs hosted a movie screening of “Of Medicine and Miracles” and a Fall into Self-Care wellness event. September also marked the beginning of C3’s month affinity group meetings for gFIRST, gMAV, gSOC, gDAG, gGLOBAL, and gPLUS. The month ended with a Free Naloxone Administration Training, hosted in partnership with the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

Toward the middle of the semester, we hosted a Financial Fitness Workshop for students alongside Student Financial Services. Student Affairs also hosted its semesterly Midterms De-Stress Healthy Snack Break and organized GMS’ first-ever Trick-or-Treat event in time for Halloween. The event brought students to 10 different locations in the L-building to meet various offices and student resources (and, of course, pick up candy). From the end of October into early November, the Diversity & Inclusion Office and Student Wellbeing hosted five different workshops for students during their “Fostering Life Skills While Maintaining Personal Identity in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences” series.

November marked the BU-wide First-Generation College Celebration Week, with various events hosted by the Newbury Center and other offices across both campuses. At GMS, C3 hosted a First-Gen Student CV & Resume Workshop in L-306. We rounded out the month with our annual “End-of-Semester Mix & Mingle” social, which brought over 160 students, faculty and staff together for a lively evening of appetizers, drinks, games, live music and a raffle in Hiebert Lounge.

In December, we welcomed alumna Chadene Tremaglio, PhD, back to campus for a career talk sponsored by BU Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BU’s BEST). Student Affairs hosted its yearly Recommended Reads During Intersession holiday raffle, as well as a Finals De-Stress Cozy Snack Break. C3 closed out its semester programming with a cookie and Barnes & Noble raffle event. Throughout the semester, Student Affairs also co-sponsored monthly Third Thursday Arts events on the Medical Campus with the BU Arts Initiative.

BU alum Drew Weismann (CAMED ’87, GRS ’87, Hon ’23), who earned both an MD and a PhD from the Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine alongside research collaborator Katalin Karikó. We highlighted several students and faculty in GMS Spotlights articles. We were also thrilled to announce our new GMS graphic design, designed by GMS Marketing & Communications in partnership with the larger BU Marketing & Communications team.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone here for contributing to such an energetic semester. We look forward to seeing you continue to thrive and grow as students, researchers, future clinicians and community members at GMS. Our best wishes for a safe and peaceful Intersession and have a happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you back on campus in 2024.