Professional Development

GMS is dedicated to the professional development and mentorship of  our doctoral and masters students, as well as postdoctoral trainees.

We aim to meet the diverse needs of our trainees by developing their skills in critical thinking, communication, leadership,  bioethics, intellectual property as well as enhancing their professional and career development.

Personalized Mentorship

Personalized mentorship with our faculty is a cornerstone of all of our programs, which ensures that students are supported every step of the way through their programs and after graduation. This is true whether in a doctoral program or one of our clinical, research, community engagement or forensics masters programs.

Additionally, our professional preparation masters programs in Medical Sciences and Oral Health Sciences provide strong support during the medical and dental school admissions process. We strive to train professionals in the diverse number of career pathways as they towards their personal career goals.

Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST)

As one of only 17 Broadening Experience in Scientific Training (BEST) schools chosen by the NIH, Boston University’s BEST Program is enhancing biomedical career development curricula for PhD and postdoctoral trainees in a way that explores careers both inside and outside standard academic research.

Our curriculum is informed by market needs and we work closely with industry partners to align our course of study with actual industry demands, ensuring you’re trained for both jobs that are open now and future careers that might not even exist today.

BU’s BEST program is open to all biomedical graduate and postdoctoral trainees at Boston University and we invite you to start finding your perfect path in BU’s BEST program.

Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development

Our Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development office, or OPA Officeprovides a supportive environment for postdoctoral training, and we do that by offering professional development opportunities to our postdocs and their faculty mentors, capturing and reporting postdoc data, and informing BU policy development. 

Our goal is to assure that our PhDs, MD/PhDs, master’s students and post-doctoral fellows are prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, the public sector,  local or federal government and various other opportunities after BU. Learn more about our professional development programs and job offerings: