Welcome to Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine! Our GMS Fall 2020 orientation will be held on Monday, August 31st from 10:00am to 5:00pm EST over Zoom.
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- Fall 2020 orientation will be held on Monday, August 31st from 10:00am to 5:00pm EST over Zoom.
- Beginning at 10:00am, faculty, staff, and current students will deliver brief, informative presentations.
- A BU-wide Resource Fair to introduce you to the many services and student groups here in GMS, the MED campus as well as BU-Charles River Campus will take place from 2:00-3:00pm and 4:00-5:00pm EST.
- Program specific orientations will be held following the general orientation session. Please check with your program for details.
- Please refer to your individual programs for specific instructions for beginning your Fall Semester.
General GMS Orientation
|10:00am – 11:30am EST||Main GMS orientation session (Required: all students)|
|11:30am – 12:00pm EST||Screen time break (Master’s students only)|
|11:30am – 12:15pm EST||PhD session (Required: PhD students)|
|12:00pm – 4:00pm EST||Program-specific orientation sessions|
|12:15pm – 12:45pm EST||Screen time break (PhD students only)|
|2:00pm – 3:00pm EST||Resource fair|
|4:00pm – 5:00pm EST||Resource fair|
|Anatomy & Neurobiology – Vesalius Program||2:00pm – 4:00pm EST|
|Bioimaging||12:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Biomedical Forensic Sciences||12:30pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Biomedical Research Technologies||12:00pm – 1:30pm EST|
|Clinical Research||12:00pm – 1:30pm EST|
|Forensic Anthropology||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Genetic Counseling||12:00pm – 1:00pm EST|
|Healthcare Emergency Management||12:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Medical Anthropology & Cross Cultural Practice||12:30pm – 4:00pm EST|
|Medical Sciences||12:00pm – 3:00pm EST|
|Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine||1:00pm – 4:00pm EST|
|Nutrition & Metabolism||12:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Pathology Laboratory Sciences||12:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Anatomy & Neurobiology||2:00pm – 4:00pm EST|
|Behavioral Neurosciences||1:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Graduate Program for Neuroscience||2:00pm – 3:00pm EST|
|Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics||1:00pm – 2:00pm EST|
|Program in Biomedical Sciences||12:45pm – 4:00pm EST|
|Student Resource||Presentation Times (EST)
(same presentation – go when you can)
|Biomedical PhD Student Organization (BPSO)||2:15||2:45||4:15||4:45|
|BU Arts Initiative||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
|BU Biotech Consulting Club (BBCC)||2:15||2:45||4:15||4:45|
|BUMC Parking & Transportation Services||2:15||2:45||4:15||4:45|
|BU’s Center for Career Development||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
|Climate Action Group||2:15||4:15|
|GMS Professional Life||2:15||4:15|
|GMS Student Life & Wellness||2:15||2:45||4:15||4:45|
|Graduate Medical Science Student Organization (GMSSO)||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
|Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)||2:30||4:30|
|Minority & International Scientists Organization (MISO)||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
|Science and Technology in Public Policy (STEPUP)||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
|Women’s Professional Development Committee (WPDC)||2:00||2:30||4:00||4:30|
Required Documents / Trainings
ALL STUDENTS are required complete the following by September 9, 2020:
All orientation required documents and trainings are located on Blackboard (with the exception of the Mandatory Student Training on Sexual Misconduct). 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
- Microagressions Training
- Photo Release Form
- Title IX Training
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 the Program.
Final Transcripts and Degree Certificates
- All incoming students are required to submit a final transcript, degree certificate, or other official documents showing all previous degrees conferred. If you have not already submitted the required documents, please do so immediately. If your degree was conferred in May or will be conferred in September 2020, please submit all required documentation no later than October 1, 2020, to the following address:
Graduate Medical Sciences, ATTN: Shuchita Rao
Boston University School of Medicine
72 East Concord Street, L-317
Boston, MA 02118, U.S.A.
- All required documents may also be mailed (hard copy) in a sealed (official) envelope or sent electronically to Shuchita Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 1, 2020.
Student ID Card and Semester T Pass
Student Discounts and BU Fun Facts
Check out where to get student discounts as well as some fun facts about BU here.
Boston University Email Account and Registration
- Information to set up your BU email address and Kerberos password will be emailed to you by the GMS Registrar, Millie Agosto.
- Please review your pre-registered courses via the Student Link. Please note that pre-registered courses are tentative and you will be able to finalize your courses during orientation after meeting with your advisor.
- Please contact the GMS Registrar with any questions regarding setting up your BU email address and Kerberos password, which are needed to access the Student Link.
Medical Insurance / Immunizations
- BUSM/GMS requires a Medical History and Physical Report Form and proof of immunizations for all new students.
- NOTE: Students in clinical programs (Clinical Research, Bioimaging, Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant, and Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine) should complete the Medical, Dental, or Clinical Medical Sciences Student Form.
- All other graduate programs should complete the Graduate or Transfer Student Form.
- Completed forms can be uploaded to the Patient Connect Portal.
- Any questions should be directed to Student Health Services at 617-353-3575.
- NOTE: As of March 2020, Student Health Services has implemented a process that will grant students temporary medical compliance for those expressing difficulty meeting their immunization requirements due to COVID-19. This temporary medical compliance will allow students to register for courses during their registration period. The temporary waiver will be removed from the student’s account at a future date. The information regarding this new process is available on our Immunization Compliance website in the “Can I submit a waiver?” section.
- **YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER FOR CLASS UNTIL PROOF OF REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE SUBMITTED TO STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES.
International students MUST attend ISSO Orientation. All incoming international students should have already been invited to participate in BU First Class. This is an online pre-arrival orientation course required for all incoming international students. It has essential sessions that are critical for academic success while also providing important visa and immigration information. If you have not received the email invitation, please reach out Kamelia Turcotte at email@example.com to be registered.
- SEVP FAQs for F-1 Students
- New Student FAQs and Travel Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- See ISSO Services During COVID 19
- Preliminary SEVP Guidance for F1 Students for Fall 2020
- Please see the ISSO webpage for more information
- 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.
If you have made alternative plans and will not be attending Boston University this Fall, please email Shuchita Rao email@example.com as soon as possible, but no later than August 21st, 2020, to avoid tuition charges.