For rising juniors and seniors, Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine is an intensive three-week pre-medical program offered in partnership with the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University.
AIM's pre-medicine track provides you with 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 led by Boston University instructors 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 that introduce you to what medical students experience in the early phase of their education. These activities include:
- Simulation labs that teach students how to conduct physical exams and take vital signs
- Surgical activities, including suturing, surgical knots, and biopsies
- Laboratory investigations in Boston University Medical School and Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences labs
- Workshops led by different medical professionals, such as a genetic counselor or radiologist
- 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 BU’s School of Medicine or faculty and graduate students from BU's Charles River Campus. The educational goals of the program are to: 1) deepen your understanding of the academic science behind medicine; 2) provide you with opportunities to engage in some of the experiential learning activities in which graduate medical students participate; and 3) introduce 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.