TUSM/UMass Boston Enrichment Program

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
  • Presentations
  • Journal Club
  • Career Pathways Forum

View the Pathways to Clinical and Health Careers flyer.