A message from the Dean

Welcome, parents!


As you may know, our School has a three-part mission: providing an outstanding medical education, research excellence, and service to the community.

The teaching program your children will experience at BUSM is rigorous and highly practical. We are nationally recognized for providing exceptional clinical education—through 25 affiliated hospitals, 15 neighborhood health centers, and numerous private clinics and doctors’ offices in Greater Boston—and our students are in contact with patients from the first week of their first year.

At the heart of our educational philosophy is an ambitious goal: to create a community of future physicians and other health care professionals who are patient-focused and skilled in caring for patients from cultures different from their own. In keeping with that goal, our students begin to see patients from the Boston community soon after they arrive on campus. Working directly with a physician, students complete intake interviews, take vital signs, and begin to learn how to put the patient first.

Much of this training takes place in Boston Medical Center, the largest of our eight partner institutions, where an amazingly diverse patient population seeks expert care. BMC has a distinguished record of compassion in its own right, as evidenced by its sponsorship of the only hospital-based food pantry in the country, legal partnerships to aid in the medical care of patients, and a center for refugee health and human rights.

We believe that our approach to medical education yields doctors of great skill and compassion. We are dedicated to helping your children become such doctors. And we are thrilled to welcome you to the BUSM community.

I hope you will find this website for parents helpful and take the opportunity to explore the helpful links and resources we’ve provided for you and your student.

Best wishes,

Karen Antman, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Provost, Medical Campus