Each January, approximately twenty-four UMass Boston (UMB) pre-medical and pre-research students spend three weeks at TUSM as part of an enrichment program designed to introduce future doctors and scholars to the kind of teamwork inherent in medical problem-solving. Students participate in seminars, gain valuable experience, and build connections that will foster their development as graduate-level researchers and clinicians.
The goals of the program are to:
- Provide research and clinical exposure;
- Provide an opportunity to establish mentoring relationships with TUSM faculty and graduate and professional students;
- Provide mentoring and advice on how to strengthen candidacy for applying to graduate and professional degree programs;
- Increase awareness of ways to finance graduate education;
- Create a forum for students to learn to examine complex health challenges and potential solutions from a multidisciplinary, inter-professional perspective;
- Introduce students to team-based learning in a simulated setting;
- Learn about career options in medicine, public health, basic sciences, and more.
The program will offer two slightly different schedules for students with different interests: one for those interested in clinical and health careers and one for students interested in a basic science research experience that could potentially serve as preparation towards a PhD degree.
Course activities include:
- Science and Society Seminar
- Introduction to Physical Diagnosis
- Clinical Shadowing
- Problem based learning
- Several hours in Sharewood Clinic
- Clinical teams
- Journal Club
- Career Pathways Forum
View the Pathways to Clinical and Health Careers flyer.