Welcome from the Associate Dean and Director of Admissions

2014 BUSM Supplemental Applications will be available the second week of July.

Medicine at Boston University

Welcome from the Dean of Admissions

Associate Dean of Admissions, Robert A. Witzburg, MD           We appreciate your interest in Boston University School of Medicine and hope that you enjoy this virtual tour of our medical center.  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.  You may also find it helpful to explore our Web site at  http://www.bumc.bu.edu/admissions/.           Our medical school is located in the historic South End of Boston and shares a campus with Boston Medical Center, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, and the Boston Public Health Commission. The 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 four-year MD program, we have a number of dual degree options and students may earn a combined MD-PhD, MD-MPH, or MD-MBA.           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 in the United States. Throughout its history BUSM has maintained a strong commitment to the study and practice of medicine in the context of its mission of service to society.  In addition, the medical school is a major research institution, ranking 12th among U.S. medical schools for sponsored research.  There are more than 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.   Associate Dean of Admissions, Robert A. Witzburg, MD           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 an emphasis on self-directed learning and teamwork.  Patient contact is introduced in the first week of the first-year curriculum and the formal clinical training in the third and fourth 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 approximately 100 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.  Please accept our best wishes for a successful career in medicine.

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

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