GMS News

C3 Community Chats

Our Community Catalyst Center is hosting various community chats throughout the rest of the fall semester! These are informal social events to allow GMS students to get to know peers with similar backgrounds and experiences. Each of our five affinity groups, gSOC (students of color), gFIRST (first-generation students), gMAV (military and... More

Learning Community on Inclusive STEM Teaching 

The CTL and PDPA invite graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to join a Learning Community on inclusive teaching in STEM courses. The Learning Community will have a synchronous and asynchronous component: participants will meet weekly over Zoom on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11 am during October and November to build on their... More

Additional Places to Eat on the Medical Campus

As the weather turns colder, please remember that eating and drinking is permitted only in designated areas, but not in public spaces such as the Instructional (L) Building Lobby, the library or classrooms. Designated areas (New areas are in blue text): Eating outdoors remains the safest option. An individual office is also safe-please shut... More

Dollar$ and $ense: October 2021

2021-22 COA Increase Appeal Process – Now Open! Student Financial Services has begun reviewing Cost of Attendance (COA) Increase appeals for the 2021-22 academic year. You can view the information about the appeal process, qualifying expenses that can be considered, and access the 2021-22 Cost of Attendance Increase Request form on our website.  Please keep in... 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... 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... More

Medical Campus Study Space Finder

For students on the Medical Campus looking to find study space, there is an application and mobile-friendly website that displays rooms available for study in real time. Students may look for rooms in a specific building, date, time and room type (group study or individual). Students can control what they want... 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, 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... More

Dollar$ and $ense:  August 2021

Fall 2021 Bill Settlement Have you applied for financial aid for Fall 2021? If you will be enrolled in classes for the 2021-22 school year, please visit GMS Applying for Aid page for all relevant application information. The Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Application Requirements section includes links to the 2021-22 FAFSA and the 2021-22 GMS Financial Aid Application. Please note, in... 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... More

Teaching Fellow Applications Open

Dear Students and Postdocs, We are soliciting applications for teaching fellows for breakout sessions in the first year PhD curriculum. The curriculum is composed of 4 core modules and additional elective modules that cover Foundations in Biomedical Sciences (FBS). These courses have small breakout discussion sessions that focus on classic papers, More

Alumni Spotlight: Alaina Geary (GMS ‘20)

Alaina Geary is a September 2020 graduate of the Health Professions Education program and a current surgical resident at Boston Medical Center. She recently won a McCahan Day award for her project: 3-Year Evaluation of a Resident-As-Teacher Program for General Surgery Residents.   Q: Can you talk a bit about how your... More

New Summer Hours for COVID Testing Centers

Below are the new testing center hours effective now through Sunday, July 18: Mondays through Fridays BUMC: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kilachand: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Agannis, 808, and Annex: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays BUMC: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m Kilachand: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ... More

Meaning-Making for First-gen Grad & Professional Students

What is meaning making? According to Roger Kegan’s theory of meaning-making development, meaning making “is a conceptualization of how human beings make meaning of themselves, of others, and of their experiences throughout their life-span.” In this 4-week series, you’ll have the opportunity for personal self-reflection through free writing and small... More

Celebrating Juneteenth: The History Behind Freedom Day

Juneteenth, traditionally observed on June 19, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in America were told they were free. On this date slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Also... More

Getting to BUMC in 2021

Dear Colleagues, As we prepare for a new school year and some of you plan your return to campus after being away for some time, I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few changes about transportation and commuting programs that will hopefully improve your commute. MBTA Passes The 10th of each... More

Program Spotlight: Summer Research as Training Scholars (STaRS)

Boston University Summer Training as Research Scholars (BU STaRS) is a summer-long program designed to promote access to graduation education for traditionally underrepresented students in research and medicine. Scholars are provided with the opportunity for research, enhancing skills required for admission to graduate programs. Each STaRS scholar is paired with a... More

GMS Faculty Awards Celebrate Excellence in Teaching

To recognize faculty who adapted quickly and successfully during the COVID-19 crisis and continued to provide students with quality education, mentoring and research experiences, GMS recently created new awards for faculty excellence. GMS students nominated faculty members whose efforts really stood out during the pandemic and the shift to remote learning. The... More

Campus Repopulation & Updated BU Public Health Protocols

To: Boston University Faculty and Staff From: Jean Morrison, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gary Nicksa, Senior Vice President for Operations Judy Platt, Director of Student Health Services Date: June 1, 2021 Subject: Campus Repopulation and Updated BU Public Health Protocols As the data related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to improve, leaders across the... More

PRIDE Month Recommended Reads

RAFFLE CLOSED Congratulations to our raffle's winners: Michaela Carrier, Elissa Everton, Meagan Lauber, Yamini Adusumelli, James Merrington and Senegal Carty! Happy reading! All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto By: George M. Johnson         Detransition, Baby: A Novel By: Torrey Peters         Felix Ever After By: Kacen Callendar         Red, White, and Royal Blue: A Novel By: Casey McQuiston         The Hours: A Novel By: Michael Cunningham       We... More

PREP Symposium Celebrates ’21 Scholars

On May 27, BU PREP scholars - Chantal Aaron, Autumn Grimins, Hapshepsut Jackson and Moises Ramirez  - shared their capstone projects with faculty, staff, mentors, and program alumni at this year's Class of 2020-2021 Zoom Symposium. The students highlighted their research and conclusions in their presentations, answered questions, shared the journeys... More

LGBTQ+ Resources from BU and Beyond

In honor of Pride month, we compiled a list of resources for supporting our LGBTQ+ community, both from Boston University and outside organizations. Please email if you have a resource you would like to add to the list! BU Out List The BU Out List is a collaboration between the BU LGBTQIA+... More