Dear alumni and friends of the School of Medicine,
As we have reached the end of the Campaign for Boston University, I wanted to update you on our progress that is due in large part to your generous support.
We are a leader in holistic admissions, which, in addition to academic metrics, emphasizes attributes associated with excellent physicians and considers a wider view of an applicant’s life experiences. The result has been a collegial, accomplished and diverse class; our students from groups underrepresented in medicine have nearly doubled, to about 20 percent.
We know that almost 80 percent of medical students in the United States come from families with incomes in the top 40 percent. Because we want to assure that the best students can attend, not just those fortunate to come from comfortable families, we have taken several steps to limit our students’ debt and make an education at BUSM more accessible. Building the medical student residence was a game changer. Students can now save $6K per year over market rates in Boston—some of the highest in the nation. Scholarships enable our students to pursue their highest priorities at the School—learning from our distinguished faculty, conducting innovative scientific research, and becoming the physicians and investigators who will transform the future of medicine.
BUSM faculty engage in complex research efforts on the frontline of medicine, like CTE, Ebola, Zika, addiction and PTSD. Our research programs continue to make headlines and history. In recent months, for example, our faculty has identified promising strategy to improve immunotherapy treating breast cancer and has discovered new genes that may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. And many other research efforts have produced similarly exciting results.
Your support is critical. As you may have heard, New York University announced it will offer full tuition to its current and future students. We applaud the initiative and would like to follow suit. During the campaign, we raised $35.5M toward a goal of $40M. We are increasing our aid faster than most of our competitors, but still have a long way to go. You can make a decision to support scholarship with your gift to BUSM this year. With it, we will continue training tomorrow’s leaders in science and medicine and fostering cutting-edge research on the front line of medicine.
For these reasons and many more, I thank you for your support of our mission, and our ambitions.
Karen Antman, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Provost, Medical Campus