A school built upon educational excellence.
Each year, approximately 180 new medical students and 350 graduate medical sciences students matriculate at BUSM. The demanding and rigorous medical training combines clinical work at more than 40 outpatient sites ranging from hospitals to private clinics, laboratory experience, and lectures.
A long tradition of research and innovation.
BUSM faculty push the frontiers of scientific and medical knowledge, just as they’ve done for more than 130 years. We’re determining the fundamentals of how the human body and its pathogens work. We’re discovering new ways to diagnose and treat the most devastating human diseases, including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart attack, and stroke. And we’re studying the genetic signatures of exceptional longevity in humans and the cardiovascular consequences of metabolic disease.
Our affiliations with Boston Medical Center, the Kaiser Permanente Collaboration in California, and more than 20 other institutional partners give our students the opportunity to treat diverse patient populations The close tie between research and clinical programs help our innovations find real-world applications.
The heart of our educational philosophy is to create a community of future physicians, scientists, and health care professionals who are patient focused and skilled in caring for all people, regardless of culture or circumstance. Our students begin seeing patients the first week of the first year curriculum. They conduct intake interviews, take vital signs, and learn to put the patient first. Students are contributing to the care extremely challenging patients and learn to effectively communicate with and treat each patient with respect and compassion.
Diversity and inclusion.
BUSM has been committed to inclusion and diversity since our founding—both at the school and through our community outreach. Created by a merger of Boston University and the New England Female Medical College in 1873, we were the first coeducational medical school in the nation. Our alumni include the first black female physician and the first Native American physician. It’s more than just talk for us. Recruiting and retaining a heterogeneous student body and faculty are a priority. We firmly believe in diversity of culture, race, and gender—and also ideas, solutions, and perspectives as critical components of achieving excellence at BUSM.