Introduction to BU School of Medicine

Outline of Fountain Outside the School of Medicine Our medical school is located in the historic South End of Boston and shares a campus with Boston Medical Center Hospital, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, and the Boston Public Health Commission. This campus hosts approximately 600 medical students, along with a similar number of graduate students actively engaged in the study of medicine and the biomedical sciences. In addition to the 4-year MD program, we have a number of dual degree options and students may earn a combined MD-PhD, MD-MPH, or MD-MBA.

photo of Dr. Witzburg Boston University School of Medicine began its history as the New England Female Medical College, which opened in 1848 as the first institution in the world to offer medical education to women. In 1873, the college merged with Boston University, becoming the first coeducational medical school. Throughout our history we have maintained a strong commitment to the study and practice of medicine in the context of a mission of service to society. In addition, BUSM is home to one of the largest and most rapidly growing research programs of U.S. medical schools. There are over 600 funded research programs and more than 1,000 active clinical trials, providing an exceptional environment for students interested in basic science, clinical investigation, or public health and health services oriented research. Students may also participate in international health programs and a variety of professional and social service activities.

The basic science curriculum is taught in an innovative format, integrating traditional lecture style classes with small group problem seminars and laboratory exercises. There is emphasis on self-directed learning and on teamwork. Patient contact is introduced in the first week of the first year curriculum and the formal clinical training of the 3rd and 4th years offers broad-based preparation for post-graduate training in the full range of disciplines that comprise modern medicine.

We draw upon a large and highly qualified applicant pool, with more than 80 applicants for every seat in the entering class. Our students represent the full range of geographic, cultural, ethnic, and educational diversity of our pluralistic society, and we believe that this diversity contributes to the strength of the experience for all of us.

All applications must be submitted through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and details about our admissions program can be found on our web site. If you have questions, or would like additional information on specific areas, please feel free to contact our Office of Admissions at 617/ 638-4630 or at medadms@bu.edu. Please accept our best wishes for a successful career in medicine.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Witzburg, M.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Admissions

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine