Category Archives: Grand Rounds

Advocacy Ground Rounds: Combating Tropical Diseases – Thursday, 9/25 @ 12pm

The BU Advocacy Training Program will be hosting this year’s first Advocacy Ground Rounds this Thursday!


The details of the event are the following:

Title: Innovations in Combating Tropical Diseases

Speaker: Kevin Outterson, JD, LL.M.

Description: Kevin Outterson, a Professor of Health and Disability Law at BU, will be speaking about new developments and innovations in combating tropical diseases. Professor Outterson co-directs the BU Health Law Program, and serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine &Ethics. His research focuses on the organization and finance of the health sector. Areas of specialization include global pharmaceutical markets, particularly antibiotics and other antimicrobials that can degrade in usefulness over time.

When: Thursday, September 25th @ 12:00-1:00pm

Where: L212


Lunch will be provided!


Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions!


Social Determinants of Health Grand Rounds –Friday, March 21

Please join us and the Department of General Internal Medicine:

“Advocacy from the Front Lines of Medicine”

Presented by:

Jessie Gaeta, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, BUSM

Department of General Internal Medicine, BMC

Medical director of Barbara McInnis House

Friday, March 21, 2014

12:00 PM

BU School of Medicine Building, Keefer Auditorium

Hope to see you there!

* BMC’s Social Determinants of Health Grand Rounds is a new series of lectures that address the social, economic and environmental determinants of our patients’ health. By inviting experts in patient advocacy and health care policy to share their research and experience, they aim to foster a dialogue across departments and professions about the social context of our health care system.

Recap: October/November Grand Rounds: What doctors should know about the SNAP/Food Stamp Program

Our October/November Grand Rounds focused on the SNAP/Food Stamp program. Victoria Negus, an AmeriCorps serving at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, gave a talk about the basics of SNAP/Food Stamp eligibility, the application process, common myths surrounding the program, and the role of health care professionals in fighting hunger in Massachusetts.

Her take-home message for medical students and physicians? SNAP is a key component in gaining access to healthy, nutritious food, and it has been shown to have a positive impact on the health of families and individuals –a fact that is especially important to emphasize in light of the recent ARRA cuts. While SNAP is a complex program whose eligibility is based on many criteria, in the end it boils down to consistently asking low-income patients if they receive SNAP. If they do not, they should then be referred to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), Project Bread, or outreach partners.

Please refer to the very helpful, straightforward, and Massachusetts-specific handbook Hunger in the Community – Ways Hospitals can Help for more details about the different ways in which you can help patients get nutritional support.

And here are other resources that Victoria Negus shared… and that we would now like to share with you!

1. Resources for the medical community

a) Project Bread:

 The Food Source Hotline: 1-800-645-8333

**Patients can call this number to be screened for SNAP eligibility**

b) Children’s Health Watch:

The SNAP Vaccine—Boosting Children’s Health

2. General resources

a) 2013 SNAP Advocacy Guide

b) Online resources: and

c) Food SNAP Coalition: listserv and monthly meetings in Boston –email Victoria Negus at if you are interested!

d) MCLE Basic Benefits Trainings: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 9:30am – 12:15pm

e) Food Stamps/SNAP client screening through Project Bread:


**Again, if you would like to receive email updates about SNAP from the MA SNAP Coalition, email Victoria Negus at and she will add you to the listserv. Also do not hesitate to contact her if you have any question about the SNAP program!**

Juliette Flam, BUSM, buATP

Recap: September Grand Rounds: Interview Screening Questions

We hold our monthly Grand Rounds in Medical Advocacy on the 27th of
September and despite the many (many!) events that were going on at the
same time, we were happy to have a great turnout! The students who came were mostly 1st years, and we also had two 2nd year students. Unlike the other Grand Rounds that consist primarily in listening to a speaker, these September Grand Rounds consisted of a workshop led by two 4th year students, namely Katelyn Fritzges and Hugo Carmona. The purpose of the workshop was to teach medical students ways to effectively and respectfully screen patients for social determinants of health such as poverty, homelessness, hunger, immigration status, fear of deportation, social support or lack thereof, inability to read, and background information about potential traumatic past events. The students who participated in the workshop raised a lot of interesting questions and we hope that the workshop has enhanced their ability to confidently and professionally screen patients for sensitive issues that go well beyond the biological basis of disease and are critical to successful patient care.


*Thanks to Juliette Flam for this summary!

Advocacy Grand Rounds Feedback

We have been so excited to see the excellent turnout at each of our Advocacy Grand Rounds sessions so far. It’s great to see so many students interested in advocacy, and we hope you will all continue to get involved with buATP this year!

That being said, we want to make our Advocacy Grand Rounds sessions even better and to try to bring in speakers to address topics you’re all interested in, but we need your help! This quick survey gives you a chance to tell us what you thought of our first two Grand Rounds sessions… or to tell us why you did not attend! We also welcome any suggestions you may have for other topics or speakers!

Thanks in advance for your feedback! We hope to see you on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30 AM when Victoria Negus of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute will be speaking about food stamp policies!

Social Determinants of Health Grand Rounds – Thurs, Sept 12

Please join us and the Infectious Disease Department:

“The Burden of Infectious Diseases in the Incarcerated Population”

Presented by:

Josiah Rich, M.D.

Co-Director of The Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights

Professor of Medicine and Community Health at Brown Medical School

Thursday, September 12, 2013

12:00 PM

BU School of Medicine Building, Room L112

Hope to see you there!

*The Social Determinants of Health Grand Rounds Series is an inter-disciplinary collaboration of residents, attendings, and medical students who are passionate about the social context of our healthcare system.

August Grand Rounds: Dr. Chamberlin

Welcome back! Hope you all had a great summer!

Details to follow, but please save the date for our first Grand Rounds for the school year!


Who: Dr. Chamberlin, a former BUATP student who now does primary care medicine in Boston as well as advocacy work in Haiti.

When: Wed, August 28 at 4:30 PM

Where: L112.


Hope to see you all there!