AIM: Introduction to Medicine

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For rising juniors and seniors, Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine is an intensive three-week premedical program.

AIM’s premedical track will provide 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 will attend seminars led by BU instructors that focus on three core topics: anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, and contemporary issues in medicine.

In the afternoons of the first week of the program, you will engage in hands-on learning activities on the Charles River campus that pre-medical and medical students experience, including:

  • Simulation labs that teach you how to conduct physical exams and take vital signs
  • Surgical activities, including suturing and surgical knots
  • Laboratory investigations involving anatomy
  • Exposure to imaging studies in radiology

In the afternoons of the last two weeks of the program, you will engage in laboratory activities focused on systems physiology. You will present your findings to peers and other members of the BU community to conclude the program.

All activities are led by 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.

There are plenty of social activities to make sure everyone becomes familiar with the BU campus, Boston – and each other! You can plan your own free time or participate in weekend group activities, or even mix it up and join students in our other programs for a variety of scheduled events.

A Day in the Life

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How to Apply

Applications open on December 15.



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