The New England Female Medical College was founded in 1848 as the first institution in the United States to offer medical education to women. In 1873 Boston University acquired the buildings and endowment and the name of the school was changed to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). This school was one of the first to connect the study of medicine with the care of patients, integrating clinical practice, education, and research. At the present time the Boston University Medical Center includes the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and Boston Medical Center (BMC), our principal teaching hospital. Boston Medical Center is a primary, secondary, and tertiary care institution with a busy inpatient program and a large, full-service ambulatory teaching practice. This facility, along with a network of community-based health centers and hospitals, provides a varied and rich clinical experience for BUSM students.
BUSM and BMC have strong cultural and institutional commitments to serving all members of our society, and these commitments are apparent in our clinical, educational, and research programs. Students become active participants in all aspects of our efforts to develop new knowledge and to apply that knowledge for the benefit of all members of society.