“The ITM is thrilled to champion this with our UChicago partners,” said Julian Solway, MD, Founding Director of the ITM and Dean for Translational Medicine at UChicago. “We’ve seen the power of combining training in science and communication and how it helps our faculty and trainees connect with the community, and we’re excited to help extend this education along a bigger stretch of the translational science spectrum.”
The ITM is a partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush in collaboration with Advocate Aurora Health, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. ITM-UChicago members who created the new BMS program include Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, Dean for Medical Education at the Pritzker School of Medicine; Valerie Press, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics; Sara Serritella, ITM Director of Communications and UChicago Lecturer, and Samuel Volchenboum, MD, PhD, Dean for Master’s Education, ITM Associate Director, and Associate Chief Research Informatics Officer.
“This program gives students the unique opportunity to experience many facets of biomedical science as well as the communications tools necessary for their knowledge to impact individual people, health systems, and the world at large,” said Arora, Founding Director of BMS.
“You can’t have health equity without health literacy, and students here can learn and experience biomedical science as well as how to engage the public and communicate clearly to a variety of communities at different reading levels,” said Serritella, Faculty Leader of the BMS Science Communication Concentration.
The BMS program is designed to give students from a variety of backgrounds powerful experiences across basic lab, clinical, biomedical data, health systems, and communication science.
“This program allows everyone to explore biomedicine and the ways it can open doors into several booming career paths,” said Volchenboum, Dean for Master’s Education. “While you do need to be a strong applicant, you do not have to have majored in science to take advantage of this opportunity.”