Why did I choose to train at Boston Medical Center?

“Completing my residency at BMC was a perfect fit for me.  Not only was I able to surround myself with the underserved patient population that I was passionate about working with, but also was challenged daily by my peers and supported intensely by my mentors. The diversity of patients you are given the privilege to interact with is unparalleled which consistently stimulates my curiosity.  Graduates from our program are knowledgeable, well-rounded, compassionate physicians who are prepared to conquer just about anything in medicine and beyond!”

“I chose to train at BMC because of the diversity of the patients we see here- we see people from all over the world with an incredible breadth of pathology and wide range of illness acuity. Also, I’ve gotten to meet some great people that I’m proud to call colleagues at all levels of training and practice.”

“Training at BMC has provided me with many incredible experiences as I have been able to take care of highly specialized and complex patients, yet at the same time work in a hospital that provides service to those most in need.  The variety of patients from an ethnic, socioeconomic, and medical perspective is unparalleled.”

“I chose to train at BMC because I wanted to train at an academic center where people were passionate about going to work every day.  There is an institutional pride here that I wanted to be a part of.  After only a few months, I could not be more impressed with my colleagues and their excitement for practicing medicine in this busy, underserved community.”

“BMC caters to a broad range of patients which makes it a great training program.  There is ample opportunity to learn how to manage both rare and “bread and butter” cases.  In addition, the residency program does a great job of balancing both autonomy and support.  I already feel comfortable making decisions on my own but I also know I have great support from my peers, the chiefs, and the faculty should I need it.”

“After 3 years, this program has taught me to care for any patient I encounter, and to know who to turn to for help when I need it.  From intern to resident to attending, everyone is dedicated to providing the best possible care for their patients and to working together as a team to do so. The diversity of the housestaff, faculty and patient population fosters an amazing training environment. And, something I have come to cherish is the support the program gives its housestaff – both inside and outside the walls of the hospital.”

“One of the main reasons I came to BMC was because of the emphasis on teaching. From the residents, to fellows, to attendings, there is an incredible amount of information that is shared amongst us on a daily basis both formally and informally in a comfortable learning environment. Moreover, everyone has been supportive and friendly often making a hectic day equally as fun.”

” Exceptional care without exception ” When I heard it 1st time, it immediately hit me and for me it sounded like a place I always wanted to be, patients are challenging, pathology is great, exposure is awesome and I saw some extremely confident/comfortable 3rd years. More I worked here more I liked it. There are very few places in US who do things like BMC does and I take complete pride in it. Working a year felt like a month, resident’s camaraderie was great and working in hospital was always fun and never ever boring for a second. Faculty is amazing, program is flexible to every resident’s needs and faculty/ residents devoted to teaching.”

“I think the beauty of BMC lies in it’s diverse and complex patients. I’ve learned much more than I imagined over the last year. And the best part is you get to do it in a lovely, familial environment, dedicated to provide exceptional care.”

“What makes BMC so great?  We’re exposed to a wide breath of pathology seen in only a few other places and institutions.  You may see acute pancreatitis, amyloidosis, and active tuberculosis all in the same day.  We are the safety net hospital for Boston, carrying on the tradition of our forebearer Boston City Hospital, whose mission was service to the poor.  Our patient population reflects our housestaff: incredibly diverse, interesting, supportive, and dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our patients. Lastly, we believe in the importance of access to health care for everyone, regardless of means.”

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to become a part of the dynamic housestaff at Boston Medical Center almost three years ago, and I have been amazed at the experiences that I have encountered. The diversity of the patient population and the various levels of complexity in the cases that are offered is something that I will always cherish. Ultimately, my growth as a resident has not only been attributed to these factors, but it has also been due to the collegiality I am surrounded with on a daily basis between my colleagues, faculty, and staff.”

“I have remained at BMC because it is the opposite of boring.  There is ALWAYS something to catch and keep your attention…”

“I chose BMC because it trains excellent general internists who feel comfortable taking care of complicated and challenging patients.  The focus on providing high-level care to a diverse population is really one-of-a-kind. ”

“I knew I wanted an intellectual and emotional challenge… but what fun would a challenge be without a great group of people to go through it with? I saw how tight knit the residents were… and I love how invaluable of a support system they’ve turned out to be.”

“One of the most appealing things about the program is the diversity. You have people from every continent with a variety of diseases and get to learn a lot about the pathophysiology as well as culture.”

“It amazed me that BMC was the only residency program that spoke about a mission for patient care during their interview day. The dedication to truly taking care of people, no matter their walk in life, is reflected in the attitudes of everyone that works here.  The training is incredible, the patients are amazing (and ever entertaining) and we have a great time!”

“One word to describe BMC is DIVERSITY. This applies to housestaff, faculty, patients and all clinical personnel. The breadth of pathology we see here is amazing. Residents are exposed to a great variety of patients from all sorts of ethnicities, religions and classes. After my experience here I am confident in my abilities to practice in the real world.”

“I grew up studying the philosophy of Robert F. Kennedy. Senator Kennedy, in a not so diplomatic way, never shied away from differentiating between those who spoke eloquently about social justice when giving a stump speech, and those who actually carried a genuine sense of social justice in their hearts  and souls with every action they took in their everyday lives. BMC definitely tends to attract the latter set of people. There is a system wide commitment at BMC to the idea that there really is never an excuse for not providing the best care possible to all patients. At times this no excuse making policy can be overwhelming and challenging on We the housestaff, but there is also an unparalleled sense of pride that emanates from this. BMC has a reputation amongst outsiders  for being a grueling residency  program, but I can assure you that it isn’t for an inordinate number of malignant personalities. Rather it is the pressure fostered amongst ourselves to always go the extra mile in being the best providers of healthcare that we possibly can be. This program produces some damn competent clinicians and fine human beings. ”

“I chose BMC for training because of its mission, its appreciation for Primary Care, the opportunity to provide care to a community that supported my growth, and the desire to be amongst others who have faith in the power of a community to advocate for their health and well being. ”

“I came to BMC because of its rich history, its mission, its academic caliber and the compelling and nice people I met during interview day. The longer I am here the more I have come to appreciate the institution and the life around and about BMC. At work, I am challenged to learn and grow into a successful clinician, and I do so in an environment filled with supportive attendings and colleagues. We ask a lot of questions, but the culture of the place is that we find the answers together. Outside of work, my fellow Interns and I have had a lot of fun exploring the various restaurants and neighborhoods around the South End. We are always up to finding something unique to do to keep life outside of work fun. I’m very happy that I decided to train at BMC!”

“I chose BMC for the strong clinical training that I felt I would get there — the program boasted a high volume of patient’s with diverse medical and psychosocial issues. I wanted to challenge myself during residency and see and do as much as possible; so far I have not been disappointed.”

“When I interviewed at BMC I sensed great camaraderie among the residents and a very friendly atmosphere conducive to learning and growth as a medical professional. That feeling has only been re-inforced since the time I started working here as an intern. I was also very impressed by the fellowship match of the program.”

“Why BMC? The patients, the teachers, the community; there is nothing like it! Early in my clinical years as a student and an intern, I realized that I was lucky enough to be exposed to the pathology I read about; I was humbled to learn from extremely diverse patients who came from all walks of life; and I was encouraged by the teamwork of my colleagues and the support of mentors. This process only continues throughout your training. I am also proud to say that I work at a place where no patient is turned away because of their inability to pay. This program fosters those who can look at the patient beyond the medicine and see chaos that life sometimes brings, and how that plays a factor into their health; knowing somewhere in the muddle we can make a difference.”

“In one week, I managed patients with strongyloidiasis, trifasicular heart block and herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Can you imagine what I’d have managed in 3 years? So many learning opportunities, all in the midst of supportive staff and friends, that is my definition of the BMC experience.”

“I chose to train at BMC because it is a program that will leave me well prepared for life after residency. There is a very diverse patient population, which exposes us to a wide spectrum of pathology. The attendings are excellent teachers, and the residents are friendly and hard working. It is a great environment for learning.”

“At BMC we actually practice social justice instead of just talking about it.”