Academic Immersion (AIM): 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 BU's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, AIM's pre-medicine track 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 will 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 will 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 the Boston University Medical School and Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences labs
- Workshops on topics such as exercise physiology and radiology
- Meetings with medical students and graduate students, from whom students learn about post-graduate experiences in the sciences
The educational goals of the program are for students to 1) deepen their understanding of the academic science behind medicine; 2) experience some of the medical 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 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.
Cost and Session Information
Program dates: July 21–August 9
Total charge: $6,300
The total charge for the AIM program includes tuition, housing, and all meals in the dining hall. It also includes textbooks and all sponsored activities during the three-week program.
The application fee ($50) and spending money are not included in the total charge.
There is no financial aid for the AIM program.