As we approach the holiday season, we reflect on the many things for which to be thankful. For me personally, one is being a faculty member at my alma mater. I am a part of and experience first-hand the extraordinary evolution of the medical school.
We continue to provide an outstanding education and support our researchers despite sequestration. The London Times Higher Education World University Rankings of the top 100 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health programs ranks Boston University 22 in the world and 13 in the US.
To help ease the anticipated shortage of physicians, the School of Medicine will begin offering a new Master of Science Physician's Assistant Programthrough the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences.
As our first-year medical students are nearing completion of anatomy and receiving their new stethoscopes, we are thankful for the alumni support that underwrote the cost of the equipment.
As seniors are interviewing for residencies and requesting information on our Host-A-Student program, and as graduate students are taking qualifying exams and defending their theses, we are grateful for alumni support. Your generosity enables us to improve student life by enhancing study space and creating areas for them to meet after classes. We provide coffee and "Bagels Before Exams" and "Food for Thought" on reading/study days prior to their tests.
We recently held the fall Phonathons where 45 students and 8 alumni volunteered their time to reach out to alumni across the country, raising $89,256 in pledges. MED Phonathons account for a significant amount of resources for Dr. Antman to allocate, and for that we are extremely grateful.
Please join me in celebrating the outstanding educational and research opportunities at BUSM by including your alma mater in your philanthropic giving this year. I can personally assure you that your gift does make a difference at BUSM.
Jean Ramsey, MD '90 MPH '08
Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs
Vice Chair of Education and Program Director of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Pediatrics