Welcome to Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS) at Boston University School of Medicine!
All GMS programs have Orientation during the week of August 31st with classes starting September 2nd, unless otherwise specified. The Main GMS Orientation will be virtual, held over Zoom. All students are required to attend and must register in advance.
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 September 1st from 4:00pm-6:00pm to introduce you to the many services and student groups here in GMS, the Medical Campus, as well as the Charles River Campus.
Main GMS Orientation Session
|Main GMS Orientation session
(Required: all students)
|Student Health Insurance Info Session
|PhD Stipend Info Session
(Required: all doctoral students)
|Welcome BBQ & Resource Fair
Program-Specific Orientation Sessions
|Anatomy & Neurobiology – Vesalius Program||August 31st||2:00pm-4:00pm|
|Biomedical Forensic Sciences||September 2nd||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Biomedical Research Technologies||September 2nd||12:00pm-1:00pm|
|Clinical Research||August 31st||12:00pm-1:30pm|
|Forensic Anthropology||August 31st||11:30am-2:30pm|
|Genetic Counseling||September 1st||2:00pm-4:00pm|
|Healthcare Emergency Management||September 2nd||10:00am-12:00pm|
|Health Professions Education||September 7th||6:00pm-8:00pm|
|Medical Anthropology & Cross Cultural Practice||August 31st||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Medical Sciences||August 31st||11:30am-3:00pm|
|Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine||August 31st (Part I)
September 2nd (Part II)
|Nutrition & Metabolism||September 1st||3:00pm-4:00pm|
|Oral Health Sciences||July 29th||–|
|Pathology Laboratory Sciences||August 31st||12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Anatomy & Neurobiology||August 31st||2:00pm-4:00pm|
|Behavioral Neuroscience||August 31st||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Graduate Program for Neuroscience||June 16th||–|
|MD/PhD Dual Degree||August 4th||11:15am-12:10pm|
|Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics||August 31st||12:00pm-2:00pm|
|Program in Biomedical Sciences||September 1st||3:00pm-4:30pm|
Required Documents / Trainings
ALL STUDENTS are required to complete the following by September 30th, 2021:
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 2nd. 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.
COVID-19 Testing for Orientation
All students must be tested at Boston University and receive a negative test prior to their first in-person orientation-related activity (or class). Tests can be scheduled through BU Healthway. We strongly recommend students get tested between 24-48 hours prior to their first-in person activity/class, but are now able to be tested up to 1 week in advance.
Students should come to campus within the designated timeframe to be tested, and then promptly leave the premises. Once a student receives a negative test and is compliant with the daily Healthway attestations (and is able to show a green compliance badge) they can come to campus to participate in their first in-person activity/class.
Student ID Card and Semester T Pass
Please see the ISSO webpage for more information.
All students must complete BU First Class, ISSO’s online pre-arrival orientation course.
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 email@example.com). You will not be allowed to register for classes until the International Students and Scholars Office has cleared you for admission.
Speak to an Advisor on call on Zoom here Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-4pm and Wednesday 1-4pm. (phone 1-301-715-8592 Zoom ID 474-879-2442)
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with the Student Affairs Office.
If you decide to defer or withdraw, please email your program director and the admissions manager, Shuchita Rao (email@example.com), 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 Shuchita Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org).