Boston University School of Medicine Mission Statement

Outline of Fountain Outside the School of Medicine Boston University School of Medicine is dedicated to the educational, intellectual, professional, and personal development of a diverse group of exceptional students, trainees, and faculty who are deeply committed to the study and to the practice of medicine, to biomedical research, and to the health of the public. We, as a community, place great value on excellence, integrity, service, social justice, collegiality, equality of opportunity, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Committee on Admissions Mission Statement

To identify, select, and recruit students who are likely to excel academically, engage vigorously in the life of our campus, enhance the diversity of our school community, and contribute generously to our society in the care of patients, in the conduct of medical research, and in the advancement of the public’s health. Qualities of intellect, character, motivation, preparation, and life experience are all considered, as these factors may influence a candidate’s potential to succeed as a physician in a rapidly changing and pluralistic society.

Statement of Values and Principles

The Committee on Admissions conducts a comprehensive, flexible, holistic review of all applicants, striving to bring together a diverse student body constituted by academically gifted, highly motivated, resilient students who share a deep commitment to the values and goals of our profession and our institution. This review focuses on each individual applicant’s talents, accomplishments, experiences, and potential to contribute to the learning community, drawing upon information from the academic record, life history, recommendations, essays, and interview. We select and recruit students who are diverse in numerous ways, including but not limited to, their educational, social, cultural, linguistic, economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and in their life experience.

In choosing to include race and ethnicity among the multiple factors that contribute to diversity and are therefore considered by the Committee on Admissions, Boston University School of Medicine affirms its longstanding commitment to inclusion of groups which have been subject to discrimination and which, without special commitment, would not be represented among our students in meaningful numbers. A diverse student body is consistent with the history and mission of Boston University School of Medicine and is a core educational imperative of the institution for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • The ability to understand and value a patient’s culture is a key element of physician competence and is best taught by life experience, rather than as an abstract object of study;
  • Diversity promotes understanding in a pluralistic society and contributes to the breakdown of stereotypes and biases;
  • A diverse student body promotes a rich, lively, enlightened discussion and prepares students for a heterogeneous workforce and society;
  • Racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse leadership in medicine is critical to progress in healthcare and in society as a whole;
  • A diverse student body will contribute to a diverse physician workforce, supporting improvements in access to health care for vulnerable populations and a reduction in racial and ethnic disparities in health status.

Professionalism at BUSM

Professionalism aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity, and respect for others. It implies an ethical standard above the legal code.

ALTRUISM places the interested of others above our own self-interest. We generally think of this in regard to patients, but it also includes our colleagues and peers, and more generally, the interests of society.

ACCOUNTABILITY – We are accountable to society to meet the health needs of that society, as well as to individual patients and to adhere to medicine’s time-honored ethical precepts. This also included helping colleagues meet their responsibilities. If one of your peers is having difficulty understanding course material, take the time to be of help. Teaching someone else generally cements the knowledge in your own mind – which is the silver lining.

EXCELLENCE entails a conscientious effort to exceed ordinary expectations and to make a commitment to life-long learning.

DUTY is the free acceptance of commitment to service, which entails being available and responsive to the needs of others. In a broader sense, it is volunteering one’s skills and expertise for the welfare of the community.

HONOR and INTEGRITY are the consistent regard for the highest standards of behavior – being fair, truthful, meeting commitments, keeping one’s word and being straightforward.

RESPECT for others, including peers, nurses, and staff in all of the various offices you deal with, such as the Registrar’s Office, Office of Student Financial Services, and Office of Student Affairs. It is important to see every individual beyond their job – from the department secretary to the custodian – as a human being deserving of respect.

TIMELINESS – whether it is being on time for class or completing assignments when they are due

HUMANISTIC QUALITIES – Compassion, courtesy, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Taken from “Project Professionalism” from the American Board of Internal Medicine

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