Academic Immersion

Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine

AIM: Introduction to Medicine is an exciting three-week pre-medical program offered in partnership with the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine.

AIM: Introduction to Medicine provides a broad introduction to the field of medicine, combining coursework in related sciences with experiential learning activities and explorations of the various career possibilities that exist within the field. In the mornings, you attend seminars on the Boston University Charles River Campus that focus on three core topics: Anatomy and Physiology, Infectious Diseases, and Contemporary Issues in Medicine. In the afternoons, you engage in hands-on learning activities at the Boston University Medical and Charles River Campuses that introduce you to the kinds of activities that medical students undertake in the early phase of their education. These activities include:

  • Simulation labs in which students learn to conduct physical exams and take vital signs
  • Surgical activities in which students learn about suturing, surgical knots, and biopsies
  • Laboratory investigations in the Boston University Medical School labs that explore the scientific aspects of health and disease
  • Workshops with different medical professionals, such as a genetic counselor or radiologist, who share information about the kinds of medical work they perform
  • Meetings with medical students and graduate students, from whom students learn about post-graduate experiences in the sciences

All activities are led by medical faculty on staff at the Boston University School of Medicine or faculty and graduate students at Boston University. The educational goals of the program are for students to 1) deepen their understanding of the academic science behind medicine; 2) engage in some of the experiential learning activities in which graduate medical students participate; and 3) learn about the range of professional possibilities that exist within the medical field.

We also arrange a variety of social activities to foster a strong student community and to ensure that everyone becomes familiar with the BU campus and Boston. While you can plan your own free time, you also have the chance to participate in weekend group activities–and join students in our other programs for a variety of scheduled activities.