All UMMS Students
Our goal is to help all learners in the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Nursing, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Graduate Medical Education achieve the most comprehensive and meaningful educational experience possible. We encourage you to access the resources of the Center for Academic Achievement.
The CAA is made up of the Center for Academic Achievement, as well as Academic Enrichment Programs which work together in order to provide comprehensive services to students, residents, and fellows. Students seen for academic enrichment may be encouraged to receive clinical enrichment services and vice versa.
- Clinical skills related to working on the wards
- Clinical interviewing
- Clinical problem solving and decision making
- Patient communication
- Patient oral presentation
- Patient notes
- Performance on OSCEs
- CCE shelf exam performance
- Step 2 CS, Step 2 CK, Step 3, COMLEX, NP, In-Training exams, or Board Certification exams- if concerns relate to clinical problem solving or fund of knowledge
- Clinical Skills Electives
- Independent Study Courses
- Study skills as related to clinical work
Pre-clinical students should contact Christine Woolf, PhD Director of Academic Enrichment Programs for the following concerns:
- Performance in courses
- Test taking skills
- Study skills
- Time management
- Error analysis of exams
- Reading comprehension
- Note taking
- Step 1, NCLEX, and MCAT preparation
- Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3, COMLEX, NP exams, In-Service Training exams, and Board Certification exams- if concerns relate to developing a study schedule or developing more efficient and effective ways to study
How we operate
We generally begin by meeting with the client in order to develop a needs assessment which lays the groundwork for the collaborative development of an individualized educational plan. We decide together how often to meet and how to proceed. Sometimes a few sessions is all that is needed and at other times a one month Clinical Skills Elective is chosen.
For more information about the Center for Academic Achievement, please go here.
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (“UMMS”) is committed to providing a supportive and respectful learning environment that fosters mutual trust and understanding between learners and the educational community. Accordingly, UMMS has developed an Appropriate Treatment of Learners (“ATL”) policy to address concerns regarding the inappropriate treatment of learners by a member of the educational community. When the ATL standards are upheld, the educational environment supports optimal teaching, learning and professional development of learners. The Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) is responsible for the ongoing oversight and periodic review of this policy.
The ATL policy defines some behaviors that represent inappropriate treatment of learners. It also describes the procedure for reporting complaints and the follow-up of such allegations. UMMS is committed to conducting investigations thoroughly, promptly and impartially. All students should expect to be treated with respect, and to learn and work in a safe environment. All individuals who interact with students are expected to behave in accordance with the ATL policy, which applies to all UMMS faculty, staff, residents, fellows, nurses, administrators and others who interact with learners.
Inappropriate treatment of learners occurs when behavior by a member of the learning community shows disrespect for the dignity of learners such that it interferes with their learning process. Examples of such behaviors include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Humiliation of learners
- Verbal attacks towards learners
- Inappropriate anger or harsh language when addressing a learner
- Lack of communication with a learner
- Requiring a learner to perform tasks that belittle the learner
- Requiring a learner to perform personal services, e.g. babysitting, errands, shopping, etc.
- Insulting conduct to a learner
- Disregard for learner safety
The ATL policy does not address sexual harassment complaints, violence/hostility in the workplace, or discrimination. The reporting and investigation of these complaints are addressed in other policies, including the Title IX Incident policy, Violence and Hostility in the Workplace policy, and the Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedure, respectively. Each of these policies can be found on the DIO website.
Learners who believe they have been subject to inappropriate treatment in the learning community are responsible for reporting their complaint to the DIO as soon as possible. In addition, any member of the learning community who becomes aware of inappropriate treatment of a learner is strongly encouraged to report the issue to the DIO for further investigation.
For more information, including definitions, policies and procedures for reporting suspected inappropriate treatment, students are encouraged to contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO). Confidential consultation and assistance with reporting are also available in the Office of Student Affairs.
It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (“UMMS”) [the University of Massachusetts Worcester (“UMW”)] to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or due to an intellectual or other disability. A number of acts may fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, non-consensual video or audio taping of sexual activity, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking incidents and sexual coercion. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment covered under Title IX.
The language, terms and requirements of this Policy supersede and supplant any inconsistent or conflicting language in any other UMMS policy. The UMMS employee to whom claims shall be reported under this Policy and who shall be responsible for administering this Policy is UMMS’ Title IX Coordinator – as designated by UMMS’ Provost.
Title IX Policy (PDF)
Title IX Coordinator
Carla Carten, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jesse Edwards, Director, Diversity and Inclusion,
You can contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office by calling 508-856-2179.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences does not provide student housing.
No opportunities available at this time.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences publishes student outcome data for a number of areas, including completion data, publication data and career outcome data. Additionally, post graduate information for Clinical & Population Health Research graduates is available.
The Bootstrappers is a student-led group facilitating informal learning communities among Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences students and postdocs.
Student Leader: Jill Moore
Graduate Student Body Committee (GSBC)
The Graduate Student Body Council (GSBC) is a group of elected students who serve as the voice of graduate students on campus. By serving on committees with faculty, we represent student interests and help in decision-making. An important goal of the GSBC is to keep graduate students informed about new policies regarding their thesis work. We gain insight from students about changes they would like to see happen at UMass Medical School and work hard to implement these changes. One of our major goals is to further relationships between graduate students on campus, in addition to interprofessional relationships with both the medical and nursing students. The GSBC encourages fellow colleagues in their studies, hosting events for first-year students during their core coursework. We offer social events throughout the year to foster friendships and support groups and hold local volunteer activities such as Working for Worcester and Habitat for Humanity. We also partner with the Career and Professional Development group and host events for students that help prepare them for their career path of interest.
President Co-Chairs: Kristin Abramo, Anne Carlisle
Faculty Leaders: Mary Ellen Lane PhD
GSBS Cares is a community service organization with elected chairs from the GSBS, but seeking involvement from all three schools.
Student Chairs: Sumeet Nayak, Kristyn Norris
Industry Exploration (IndEx) Program
The primary objective of the group is to provide both graduate students and postdocs an opportunity to explore PhD-level careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. We organize site visits in the Massachusetts and New England area to allow trainees to observe company cultures, learn about the structure and function of industry research and enhance their knowledge of careers in industry. The program also provides an opportunity to interact directly and network with industry professionals and obtain valuable career guidance.
Co-chairs: Cansu Colpan and Socheata Ly
Faculty and Staff Advisors: Spencer Fenn PhD, Cynthia Fuhrmann PhD
International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) Student Chapter
This student chapter will meet regularly to discuss pharmacoepidemiology methods, share research in progress, and provide peer review.
Student Representative: Matthew Alcusky
Faculty co-advisors: Kate Lapane PhD, Christine Ulbricht PhD, MPH
MassTERi Entrepreneurship Club (eClub)
The Entrepreneurship Club (eClub) is a student and post-doctoral fellow-led initiative that was launched in 2014 as one of the key elements to the MassTERi program.
The MassTERi eClub has three goals: 1) Develop a community of entrepreneurs at UMMS that includes students, post-docs, staff, and faculty; 2) Inspire and foster an entrepreneurial culture at UMMS in both basic and translational research; 3) Provide opportunities for networking with a global community of innovators, scientists, and investors, as well as business and legal professionals.
eClub events are short and intense, and are designed to help participants gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful entrepreneurs.
Steering Committee Members: Shuwen Cao, Nandhitha Umanaresh, Feng Wang
MD/PhD Student Advisory Committee (MD/PhD SAC)
The MD/PhD SAC consists of students representing all MD/PhD class years and handles changes in MD/PhD programming and the organization of the MD/PhD retreat.
Student Leaders: Peter Cruz-Gordillo, Chantal Ferguson, Jordan Smith
Faculty Leader: Gyongyi Szabo MD, PhD
Student Government Alliance (SGA)
Established in 2011, the UMMS Student Government Alliance (SGA) is the overarching student governance body. The SGA consists of two elected officials from each school’s student governance group, two members-at-large from each school, an elected sustainability representative, and the student trustee. The SGA promotes student communication and collaboration across the three schools, and serves as a resource for communicating and working with campus administration. The SGA provides representation for students across the three schools on Faculty Council and Executive Council and other campus-wide governing bodies and committees. The SGA reports to the provost, and addresses matters of importance to students and submits recommendations expressing student views and concerns to administration (provost).
GSBS Student Leaders: Kristin Abramo*, Anne Carlisle, Meghan Spears, Devyn Oliver
SOM Student Leaders: Lauren Colwell*, Sana Majid, Kevin Makhoul, Kian Samadian
GSN Student Leaders: Everlyne Njoroge, Laura Curtis, Clare Foley, Anastasia Tsakirellis
Sustainability Representative: Kara Kennedy
Student Trustee: Katherine Mallet
Staff Representative/Treasurer: Justine Cameron
Faculty Leader: Kendall Knight PhD
* Co-Chairs of SGA
Time to Completion
A study by the National Academy of Sciences Graduate study in the Biomedical Sciences - 1995-2005*
*Taken from the NRC's A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States. This study surveyed more than 5,000 doctoral programs at 212 universities in 2005/2006 over the period 1995 - 2005.
GSBS Detailed Non-completion Story
*Students lost during academic year/cohort class size
UMMS GSBS Attrition vs Completion Rate (%)
The student demographic data listed reflects the 2018 fall enrollment snapshot for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1|
|Black or African American||14|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more races||0|
|Race and ethnicity unknown||36|
Total number of students
Complaints and grievances regarding Disability Accommodations, Appropriate Treatment of Learners, and Title IX are reviewed at the university campus level.
- Information about disability accommodations can be found here
- Complaints regarding Appropriate Treatment of Learners should be directed as described
- Complaints regarding sexual assault or harassment may be directed here
For appeals and grievances regarding GSBS-specific issues, such as grade for course work, research progress, or milestones, honor code violations, and course waiver decisions, please see the Appeals section of the Student Handbook.
For questions about how a complaint should be directed, please consult the GSBS Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.