GMS News

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

Getting to BUMC in 2021 Dear Colleagues, As we prepare for a new school year and some of you plan your return tocampus 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... 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

Summer Plans for Repopulating Campus

Earlier this month, President Brown shared the University's plans for a gradual return to campus over the summer and a "near normal Fall Semester". Do you have questions about what that will look like? Learn all the details from the full statement here.

GMS Students on Housing in Boston

Are you a current or incoming student trying to navigate housing in Boston? It can be overwhelming, but our GMS students are here to help! In this video, they talk about the various neighborhoods in and around Boston, and share tips and tricks for finding the right apartment for you. You... More

Fadie Coleman Wins 2021 Metcalf Award

Teaching her first class last fall at the School of Medicine, postdoctoral associate Marianne Collard naturally had beginner’s jitters. But in Fadie Coleman, Collard found a mentor who’d taught students from college to middle and high school—and was only too happy to teach a fellow teacher. “I met with Dr. Coleman... More

GMS Master’s Graduates Urged to Expect the Unexpected

“On behalf of all the GMS faculty and staff, I want to tell you and your families how proud we are of your scholastic and professional accomplishments. You have earned the title of ‘Master’s’ in your field of expertise despite a global viral pandemic, despite rapidly shifting landscapes in the... More

MD, PhD Graduates Encouraged to ‘Lean In’

Typically MD, PhD and MD/PhD graduates are cheered on with plenty of pomp and circumstance by family and friends who gather to celebrate their achievements. While the setting looked different this year, the cause for celebration and cheer remained the same. A virtual ceremony was held again this year to maintain... More

Dr. Rachel Levy-Bell Named New MHCBM Director

Dr. Rachel Levy-Bell will become the new Director for the nationally accredited Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program, effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Levy-Bell earned a PsyD degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, interned at Cook County Hospital (Chicago) and Temple University Hospital (Philadelphia), followed by a... More

SheInspires Lunch Series: Dr. Michelle T Long

The Women's Professional Development Committee is hosting another SheInspires (Virtual) Lunch, and this month's guest is Dr. Michelle T. Long! Dr. Long, MD, MSc is a physician-scientist with an expertise in Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Long is the Director of... More

BU STEPUP Virtual Visit: Union of Concerned Scientists

Join BU STEPUP for a virtual visit day with Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The group will be hosting Shreya Durvasula and Paulina Muratore to discuss what UCS does, science advocacy, and non-academic career paths. This hour-long event will be held on Friday April 30 at 11:00 am via Zoom. All... More

Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research

As we continue to battle the ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, let’s not forget about the other major pandemic and public health crisis that has and continues to claim so many lives—the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A cure has yet to be found for this debilitating condition, but research efforts of investigators... More

Student Spotlight: Ryen Wilson

Ryen Wilson is a Masters' student in the Oral Health Sciences program, who hopes to become a general dentist and work with queer, trans, and nonbinary survivors of partner abuse. Ryen is graduating in September of 2021. What drove you to pursue a career in science? I’m originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. I... More

Is Science for Me?

On a mission to empower the BU student community to share their own pathways to science, two Graduate Medical Sciences students teamed up to create: Is Science For Me? M.S. Candidate Raissa Zuim Dantes de Souza and PhD Candidate JoColl Burgess, both in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, are... More