C3 Gear-Up Week Builds Community with Five Different Events

To mark the first full week of classes, the GMS Community Catalyst Center (C3) hosted "Gear-Up Week" from September 12 to 16. With five different events throughout the week, students had the chance to build their community, enjoy some sweet treats and swag and learn the best ways to succeed academically, professionally and personally while a member of the GMS community. Here's a full recap of the week's events: GMS Sip N' Study Raffle The first day of Gear-Up Week gave students the chance to win $50 Barnes & Noble gift cards or $10 Peet's Coffee gift cards. Students stopped by the C3 Suite to... More

Updates to the BUMC & BMC Shuttle Services

From The Weekly Digest Boston University School of Medicine September 16, 2022 Boston University and Boston Medical Center are members of the Newmarket Business Improvement District (NBID) and all employees and students now have free access to the shuttles that the NBID operates. In order to board the shuttles, please be sure you have your BU or BMC ID card with you to show the driver. All shuttles will be marked with NBID signage and are operated by A&A Metro. The three shuttles are: the Albany Street Shuttle, Ruggles Station Shuttle, Southampton/Andrew Station Shuttle. Albany Street Shuttle This route will runs continuously between the 610 Albany St... More

Fall 2022 Welcome BBQ Closes Out a Successful First Week of Class

This year's newest GMS students closed out their first week of classes with a Welcome BBQ, co-sponsored by Boston University School of Public Health. The Friday, September 9 event brought first-year GMS and SPH students together for food, music and lawn games outside on Talbot Green. It was catered by Darryl's Corner Bar & Kitchen -- located just a few minutes away from campus. The BBQ was one of several fall programming events planned at GMS this semester. Click here for a full calendar!    

Welcome to Fall 2022 at GMS!

Welcome – or welcome back – to another year at Graduate Medical Sciences! Our campus is quickly filling up with students once again as we prepare for classes to start in just over one week. This year, GMS is welcoming a brand-new class of 425 new students – master’s, PhDs, and MD/PhDs – to campus. Our newest class comes from 24 different countries and 40 different states. They’re entering GMS with undergraduate degrees from 212 different colleges and universities around the world. This year’s incoming masters’ students represent 15 different programs across GMS, with an additional six programs represented by incoming PhD students. We... More

STaRS and UROP Scholars Present at GMS Summer Research Symposium

This year’s Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) cohort culminated their 10-week onsite internships with the GMS Summer Research Symposium held on August 11, 2022. Hosted in Hiebert Lounge, the GMS Summer Research Symposium gave the STaRS scholars an opportunity to present their independent research projects to audiences of GMS faculty, BUSM faculty, staff and students. The symposium was open to all summer undergraduate students on campus and it was also attended by three summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) scholars. The 2022 scholars are: Arjun Kumar Batra Yariann Del Mar Camacho Rosario Carlos Noel Centeno Velez Coralys Ivette Cuevas Hornedo Sophia Karise Ellis Eli River Engledow Nusrat Islam Alexis... More

Daniel Cifuentes, PhD, Studies RNA Regulation with Zebrafish and Viruses

This summer, Dr. Daniel Cifuentes, an assistant professor of biochemistry at Graduate Medical Sciences, received one of several $75,000 BU Ignition Awards aimed at helping promising research initiatives find a potential pathway to commercial success. The Cifuentes Lab works on a variety of projects that study the fundamental mechanisms of RNA regulation, a universal process for all life on Earth. RNA carries from the DNA the information necessary to create new proteins in the body, and faulty RNA regulation has the potential to cause debilitating diseases like cancer or even render a growing embryo inviable. “The beginning of new life is one of... More

GMS Faculty Spotlight: Dan Tzizik, PA

Dan Tzizik is the associate director of didactic education for the Physician Assistant Program. He has been a member of the New Hampshire National Guard for over two decades and joined the BU PA Program as a faculty member in 2020. Tzizik is also a faculty mentor for the GMS Community Catalyst Center gMAV affinity group. We spoke to Tzizik about his time in the National Guard, his role at BU, and his recent Innovative Readiness Training Mission to Oklahoma with the NH National Guard. Are you from the Boston area? I actually grew up in a town south of Boston called... More

Oral Health Sciences Program Welcomes 43 New Students to Class of 2023

Most incoming Graduate Medical Sciences students won't arrive to campus until September 2, but one GMS cohort got a head start this week: the Oral Health Sciences program. The program welcomed 43 new students to its Class of 2023 during yesterday's OHS-specific Orientation event. The class is comprised of 23 female students and 19 male students. There are 15 first-generation students and 12 students from disadvantaged groups in the cohort. The students come from 21 different states, as well as Puerto Rico, Germany and Canada. The class is heavily represented by students from Massachusetts (10 students), with a significant number of students coming... More

Second C3 Ice Cream Social Draws Current and Incoming GMS Students

The GMS community enjoyed the summer's second Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 27, hosted by the Community Catalyst Center in the C3 Suite (L-306). The event drew a crowd of GMS students, faculty and staff to mingle, listen to music and enjoy four kinds of ice cream with toppings. Even several incoming Oral Health Sciences students attended, excited to kick off the new academic year at their Orientation the next day. GMS Associate Provost and Dean Jamie McKnight, PhD, and Assistant Dean of Masters Programs Theresa Davies, PhD stopped by to chat with students, too.  Mark your calendar's for C3's third Ice... More

Dan Tzizik, PA, Participates in Innovative Readiness Training Mission with New Hampshire National Guard

Dan Tzizik, associate director of didactic education for the Physician Assistant Program, participated in a two-week-long Innovative Readiness Training mission with the New Hampshire National Guard, where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has been a member of the NH National Guard for 19 years and joined the BU PA Program as a faculty member in 2020. Tzizik is also a faculty mentor for the GMS Community Catalyst Center gMAV affinity group, which seeks to promote a deeper sense of belonging and recognition for military-affiliated and veteran students by celebrating their multidimensional experiences across the GMS programs. During the training mission, More