Welcome to Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine!
All GMS programs have Orientation on September 2 with classes starting September 6, unless otherwise specified.
Program-specific orientations will be held according to the agenda below. These orientations may be either in-person or virtual. Please check with your program for details.
A BU-wide Resource Fair will take place on orientation day to introduce you to the many services and student groups here in GMS, the Medical Campus, as well as the Charles River Campus.
The following is the schedule of Orientation sessions and activities. More information will be posted once available.
Main GMS Orientation Session
|Main GMS Orientation Session
(Required: all students)
(Check in & breakfast 8:15-9:00)
|PhD Stipends & Oath of the Scientist Info Session
(Required: all doctoral students)
|Student Health Insurance Info Session||August 18||1:00pm-2:00pm|
|Resource Fair||September 2||11:00am-1:00pm|
|Welcome BBQ||September 9||3:00pm-5:30pm|
Program-Specific Orientation Sessions
|Anatomy & Neurobiology – Vesalius Program||September 2 1:00pm-5:00pm|
|Bioimaging||September 2 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Biomedical Forensic Sciences||September 2 12:00pm-3:00pm|
|Biomedical Research Technologies||September 7 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Clinical Research||September 2 12:00pm-1:30pm|
|Forensic Anthropology||September 2 12:30pm-1:30pm|
|Genetic Counseling||September 2 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Healthcare Emergency Management||September 2 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Health Professions Education||September 2 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Medical Anthropology & Cross Cultural Practice||September 2 11:30am-1:00pm|
|Medical Sciences||September 2 11:30am-3:30pm|
|Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine||September 2 12:00pm-3:00pm
September 6 1:00pm-3:30pm
|Nutrition & Metabolism||September 2 1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Oral Health Sciences||July 28 8:00am-1:00pm|
|Pathology Laboratory Sciences||September 2 1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Anatomy & Neurobiology||September 2 1:00pm-5:00pm|
|Behavioral Neuroscience||September 2 1:00pm-2:30pm|
|Graduate Program for Neuroscience||June 6-10|
|MD/PhD Dual Degree||–|
|Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics||September 2 12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Program in Biomedical Sciences||September 2 12:00pm-4:00pm|
Required Documents / Trainings
ALL STUDENTS are required to complete the following by September 30, 2022:
All orientation required documents and trainings are located on Blackboard (with the exception of the Mandatory Student Training on Sexual Misconduct) and will be available to complete starting Monday, August 15. Please see below for an overview of requirements.
NOTE: You will need your BUID to complete the following orientation required documents and trainings. To find your BUID, refer to the “Boston University Admission Decision” offer letter that you received via email OR download your CAS application and look for the eight character field starting with the alphabet “U” with the label “Alternate Id:”
- Academic Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures
- Appropriate Treatment in Graduate Education
- Fuller Gym Release Form
- Identifying and Avoiding Plagiarism Training
- Mandatory Student Training on Sexual Misconduct
- Microaggressions Training
- Photo Release Form
DOCTORAL STUDENTS should complete the following before orientation:
- Please register online for an ORCID ID, unless you already have one.
- US Citizens:
- International Students:
- International students must follow the rules and procedures for employment established by Boston University, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and their sponsoring agencies.
- International students are encouraged to seek additional assistance from the International Students and Scholars Office.
- Note that International students MUST contact the International Student and Scholars Office prior to filling out of Form I-9.
RESEARCH AND/OR CLINICAL PROGRAMS:
Students complete the following trainings as dictated by their program. Confirm with your director/administrator if you are unsure if you need to complete these documents.
Student ID Card and Semester T Pass
All students must obtain a BU student identification card (ID). To obtain your ID, please follow the instructions sent over email from GMS Student Affairs (email@example.com) and complete by August 18.
Please visit the TransComm website for additional information. Please note that the deadline for the MBTA Student Semester Pass was August 10.
Please see the ISSO webpage for more information.
All students must complete BU First Class, ISSO’s online pre-arrival orientation course once they arrive in Boston.
Should you have any problems or questions regarding your visa status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor, (617-353-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org). You will not be allowed to register for classes until the International Students and Scholars Office has cleared you for admission.
Questions? Email email@example.com to connect with the Student Affairs Office.
If you decide to defer or withdraw, please email your program director and GMS Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the first day of classes stating that you officially withdraw your application. For any technical questions regarding indicating your admission decision, please contact GMS Admissions (email@example.com).