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
  • Career workshops
  • How to apply summer research internships and post-baccalaureate programs (you can be paid while training!)
  • How to apply to PhD and MD/PhD programs
  • How to finance your graduate education
  • Career paths for PhDs
  • Laboratory Work

View the flyer and visit the web page on the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences web site for more information about the Pathway to PhD program.