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Calendar & Newsletter & National/social media

The Wellness Calendar is dedicated to bringing together wellness-related and fun events both on and off-campus into one easy-to-access repository. Our weekly Wellness Initiative Newsletter serves as an important tool to keeps the school updated about these events and to relay any important wellness-related updates. The National and Social Media team works to promote and advertise Wellness Initiative efforts and events, and seek out national conversations about wellness to share with the student body. 

  • Access/Add the Wellness Calendar to your own calendar here!
  • Submit your event for the Wellness Calendar and Newsletter here!
  • Follow/like our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages for updates and news! 


Mental Health

The mental health group advocates for improved access to mental health screening and services for students on the BUSM campus. They also plan an annual Wellness Fair.

  • Click here for information on how to obtain behavioral health care as a BUSM student! 
  • For additional behavioral health information, click here


Social / Puppies

The Social/Puppies team helps to plan and coordinate social events for BUSM students both on and off campus... and in response to the student body's defiant request for puppies, they are dedicated to bringing more puppies on campus and to students! Events include outdoor activities, happy hours, and sports outings. Events are listed on the Wellness Calendar



The data team collects and analyzes data from BUSM student surveys to better characterize the opinions, behaviors, and requests about student wellness. They present this information to the deans of the Office of Student Affairs.


Resiliency Series

The Wellness Initiative organizes and hosts a series of talks regarding burnout, work-life balance, and mindfulness, among other topics, throughout the school year. The talks are listed on the Wellness Calendar and weekly email.


Wellness website

The blog features stories from physicians and trainees about their personal journeys in medicine, with particular focus on overcoming obstacles and finding joy in their work. Wellness-related events, creative works on various mediums, and resources available to promote wellness are highlighted. 


Physical health

This subgroup works to advocate for the physical health our student community by focusing on improving access to primary and preventative care, promoting exercise and physical fitness, and providing family planning resources.


Steering Leaders: Yeon Woo Lee (MS4), Ariel Porto (MS4), James Trussler (MS4) 

Mental Health: Alexis Clay (MS3), Soo Kyung Hwang (MS2), Yeon Woo Lee (MS4), Eric Pellegrini (MS1), Ariel Porto (MS4), Alina Razak (MS1), Allison Tipton (MS2), Kate Trecartin (MS3/G2-MD/PhD)

Data: Margaret Minnig (MS3/G1-MD/PhD), James Trussler (MS4), Jake Walsh (MS3), Halina Yee (MS2)

Social / Puppies: Graham Boyd (MS4), Eric Brownhill (MS3/G2-MD/PhD), Rainjade Chung (MS4), Michelle Domini (MS2), Karina Esquenazi (MS4), Denise Garofalo (MS2), Claire Lis (MS4), Ekta Patel (MS4), Natalie Thom (MS2), Caitlin Trottier (MS4)

Resiliency Series: Megan Davis (MS2), Nick Genovese (MS3), Mir Lim (MS1), Ariel Porto (MS4) 

Physical Health: Graham Boyd (MS4), Michelle Domini (MS2), Mary Louise Fowler (MS4), Natalie Thom (MS2), Jacquelyn Piraquive (MS4) 

Wellness Website: Jane Lock (MS3/G2-MD/PhD), Yeon Woo Lee (MS4), Spoorthi Sampath (MS1) 

National/Social Media: Alex Solomon (MS4), Brad Zehr (MS4)

Newsletter: Alexis Clay (MS3), Faizah Shareef (MS1)

Calendar: Megan Alexander (MS1), Andrea Foster (MS3), Syona Shetty (MS2)

SCOMSA Liaison: Michael Emmerling (MS2) 

Past members & alumni

Past Steering Leaders: Jay Schmakel, Albert Nadjarian, Brad Zehr 

Past Members: Kelsey Thomas, Priyanka Jethwani (MS2), Wenqi Feng, Lucy Li (MS2), Jess Tse, Sara Achrati, Fred Milgrim (MS3), Dean Libet (MS4), Jamie Stull, Nimish Bhatt, Sam Sheffield, Doug Dicola