Genetic Counseling Program Joins Initiative to Increase Diversity in the Field, Offers New Dual Degree with BUSPH

On this year’s Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, Boston University School of Medicine’s MS Genetic Counseling Program (BUGCP) is announcing two exciting new initiatives to continue enhancing the training and expertise within the field of genetic counseling. For the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, BUGCP will offer enrollment in a dual degree MS MPH program with the School of Public Health, and will join the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling – a scholarship and fellowship program for underrepresented students in the field. The Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling A lack of diversity in multiple dimensions is a major issue in most fields of medicine, including the field of genetic counseling. Ninety-four percent of genetic counselors are female, and 90 percent are white, according to the National Society of Genetic Counselors. To combat this issue and educate a genetic counseling workforce that improves support for patients from underrepresented backgrounds, BUGCP has joined the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling, an initiative made possible due to a generous grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation (WAF). BUGCP is partnering with four accredited genetic counseling programs: the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The... More

C3 gFIRST Mentor Spotlights for First Gen Week

In honor of celebrating national First-Generation College student day, BU's Graduate Medical Sciences Community Catalyst Center (C3) has peer mentor spotlights to highlight our first-generation student mentors and all of their contributions to the GMS community and their peers. Please click below to read more about our mentors Matt, Elissa and Taylor and learn about how to connect with them at the next upcoming C3 gFirst events! C3 gFIRST Mentor Spotlight Boston University Graduate Medical Sciences Community Catalyst Center (C3) is proud to support their peer mentors for the First Generation Group (gFirst). Our peer mentors are proud to share their diverse and unique backgrounds with fellow students to support the holistic success and community we have developed through our students, staff and faculty. We hope that these interviews will help you get to know our mentors here at BU and C3. All about MatthewMatt is currently a 2nd year MAMS student (MS in Medical Sciences Program). Originally from Bark River, MI, Matt is passionate about extending mentorship and community to fellow first-generation students similarly to the support and community they received during their educational career.Read Matt’s Story   All about ElissaElissa is a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Molecular & Translational Medicine Program and Center... More

GMS Students Receive Funding For Medical Device Designs

MInT, or the Medical Innovation and Technology entrepreneurship program, launched in spring 2021 thanks to innovation-minded graduate students from Graduate Medical Sciences at BUSM, College of Engineering, School of Public Health and Questrom School of Business. The goal of MInT is to empower early-career scientists with hands-on medical innovation design experience. Four teams of BU students pitched designs that won funding awards totaling approximately $12,000 from sponsors of MInT, including Innovate@BU/The BUild Lab and the Technology Development Office. The MInT founding team was led by Graduate Medical School PhD student Elissa Everton (Molecular & Translational Medicine) and MD/PhD student Shen Ning (Graduate Program for Neuroscience), as well as Charles River Campus students Bibek Thapa (GRS, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biology), Robbie Sabatelle (ENG, Biomedical Engineering), Emma Bortz (ENG, Biomedcal Engineering), Ziyi Xu (GRS, Chemistry), Rebecca Thomas (GST, Health Sector Management), Leslie Leung (ENG, Mechanical Engineering) and Belle Ye (ENG, Biomedical Engineering). The founding team worked to create a cross-campus collaboration that bridges the gap in student-driven, bench-to-bedside medical biotechnology innovation and provides education and funding for the winning teams' start-up companies. Shen Ning and her team’s project, INIA Biosciences, is a bioelectronics start-up aimed at preventing and treating patients with chronic or acute kidney rejection. Their... More

Celebration and Recognition for the Class of 2020

Nearly 18 months after they completed their studies, members of BUSM’s MD, PhD and Master’s programs from the Class of 2020 were invited back to the Medical Campus to celebrate their accomplishments at a recognition event on Saturday, Oct. 2. The event coincides with BUSM Alumni Weekend and an All-University Commencement which was held Sunday, Oct. 3. “You graduated at what was, and still is, the most challenging time in the medical sciences in the last century. You did not get to hear the cheers of your family and friends as we celebrated your achievements,” said Karen Antman, MD, BUMC Provost and BUSM Dean. “The faculty have great confidence in your creativity, intellect and innovation, as evidenced by your perseverance, your resilience. We again congratulate you on reaching this major milestone in your professional life.” The event, which was held under a tent on Talbot Green, was smaller than the usual spring convocation ceremonies and allowed the graduates to experience a hooding ceremony that would have taken place had it not been for the pandemic. Erica Camacho and Laila Khatib MAMS graduates.   While the BUSM MD class had 190 members and the GMS doctoral and master’s classes had 44 and 362 respectively, only a... More

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 officially marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month! We are proud to support and uplift our Hispanic and Latinx community at Graduate Medical Sciences. If you know of an event or resource you’d like added to this list, please email Sara Frazier.  Events   City Hall Lighting Ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month Wednesday, September 15 | 6-8 p.m. “Join the City of Boston's Latinx Employee Resource Group for a virtual and in-person celebration to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.” Hispanic Star Boston Kickoff Reception Thursday, September 23 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. “Join Hispanic Star Boston as we kickoff the Hispanic Heritage Month for an evening of networking & community engagement." El Mundo Hispanic Heritage Breakfast Friday, October 15 | 7-9 a.m. “Join representatives from some of Boston’s most prestigious corporate and public institutions as they share their lighthearted – and often hilarious – commentary on the Latino community, their contributions to the city and state, and their many lovable quirks.” Resources   National Hispanic Heritage Month Site National Archives "We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success."  Key Facts About U.S. Latinos Pew Research Center "Here are some key facts about the nation’s Latino population by geography and characteristics like language use and origin... More

Welcome to GMS | Fall 2021

Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD Associate Provost and Associate Dean ad interim Welcome to the GMS community! It is a new academic year and a new beginning as our campus opens again to incoming and returning students. The faculty and staff are delighted to welcome your energy, enthusiasm and new ideas into the classrooms, laboratories and clinics. It is immensely satisfying to see the campus active and busy again. Even so, we are ever mindful of the toll of the last year and a half, with loved ones lost, others struggling with long COVID-19 and many who juggled competing responsibilities from their living rooms and kitchen tables. We carry this mindfulness onto campus. The university’s mandates to be vaccinated, wear a mask indoors, do daily symptom monitoring and weekly testing all attest to our commitment to your health and the health of our community. The tents are up on Talbot Green which always heralds something exciting! This week is Orientation and events for students under the tents. GMS and many program orientations are on Tuesday, August 31, followed on Wednesday with a Resource Fair and Bar-B-Q for students. A thankful shout-out here to Kimberly Arena, GMS Associate Director of Graduate Affairs and her colleagues for... More

C3 Community Catalyst Center Launches!

Graduate Medical Sciences believes that graduate education is enriched by diversity and a strong sense of community among peers. This philosophy sparked the idea for the Graduate Medical Sciences Community Catalyst Center (C3), which officially launches this week. The center’s goal is to foster holistic success for the diverse GMS student community by providing helpful resources, events, workshops and community chats. “As we welcome both incoming and returning students back to campus for the fall, we are excited to offer this additional support to our students,” said Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD, ad interim Associate Provost and Dean of GMS. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate in C3 programming. The center’s five affinity groups are gSOC (students of color), gFIRST (first-generation students) gMAV (military-affiliated and veteran students), gPLUS (LGBTQIA+ students) and gGLOBAL (international students). “We are so proud of the diverse perspectives of our community and are eager to make sure that all students are comfortable and confident during graduate school, so they feel like an integral part of the GMS community,” said Theresa A. Davies, PhD, Director of Oral Health Sciences and Assistant Dean of GMS Master’s Programs. Upcoming events for September include walking tours of popular Boston neighborhoods, workshops on acclimating to GMS... More

Physician Assistant Graduation Ceremony Sends 30 Graduates into the Field

“When I look out at all of you, that word that comes to mind is ‘grit,’ said Program Director Susan White, MD, as she opened the small, in-person graduation ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program, held Aug. 12 in Hiebert Lounge. “As a class, you’ve shown a tremendous amount of perseverance and strength.” The event marked the end a two-and-a-half-year journey through an intensive course of study, including an integrated pathophysiology and pharmacology course alongside second-year medical students. In addition to classroom work, students also completed 14 months of clinical rotations and a thesis project. Last year, 2020 graduate Jane Chow, MS, PA-C, created a lapel pin for graduates to wear on their white coat upon leaving BUSM as a symbol of the successful completion of their studies. This year’s class was the first to receive their pins in person. Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD, ad interim Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Medical Sciences, addressed the graduates and expressed her pride for their hard work. “Your participation and contribution to the profession of healthcare is very much needed,” she said. “Thank you for your resiliency, and thank you for your professionalism.” John Weinstein, PhD, MS, Director of Research, read the names for the program’s 30 graduates, More

22 STaRS Share Their Summer Research

The Summer Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) Program concluded its 10-week research experience with a virtual symposium held Aug. 5. Overseen by Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), the STaRS Program is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. It has trained over 150 scholars and received more than 3,000 applications since its inception. Trainees work with faculty, fellow students and postdoctoral associates on cutting-edge biomedical research projects, build powerful and lasting relationships and set a course for college and career success. Each week the scholars worked alongside their mentors realizing virtual projects, presenting their research at meetings and attending seminars aimed at preparing them for application to graduate and medical school on a research path. After an opening welcome from Director of the STaRS Program Isabel Dominguez, PhD, who also is assistant professor of medicine, the virtual symposium began by acknowledging the faculty, professionals, student mentors and administrators that contributed to the success of the program. The scholars then introduced themselves and their research project goals. The scholars presented their posters and discussed their work on a variety of topics, including heart-brain axis, cell dynamics, signaling pathways, cardiovascular disease, amyloidosis, COVID-19, lung cancer screening, cerebral small vessel disease, cancer genomics, depression, More

Healthcare Emergency Management Program Trains COVID-19 Response Workforce

Kevin “Kip” Thomas, MBA, PhD, Program Director for the MS in Healthcare Emergency Management, had been working as Executive Secretary of Homeland Security when he completed a vulnerability assessment for Washington D.C. and certified the national labs. That assessment led him to notice a void in the healthcare side of emergency management, and he realized the best way to address this was through education. While working for the Pentagon, Thomas met Peter Bergethon, MD, Head of the Laboratory of Intelligence Modeling and Neurophysics at BUSM, and Mark Moss, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at a meeting on protecting health infrastructure, and the group began conversations about the need for education in this area. In 2007, these discussions resulted in a meeting with Dean Karen Antman and the development of the Healthcare Emergency Management (HEM) Program at BUSM. HEM prepares students to work across the spectrum of emergency and crisis management, with a focus on biomedical sciences and health care. So, it’s no surprise that the majority of HEM alumni are now employed in the COVID-19 planning and policy workforce. With nearly 100 graduates of the program since its inception, 11 now work in emergency management at the federal level, three at... More