Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). The OMA is involved in a variety of activities designed to enrich the educational experiences of medical students on our campus. The Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is involved in the interviewing and selection of students for admission to BUSM. As a member of the promotions committees he is able to monitor the progress of students and offer assistance to those students who need it. Our curriculum includes lessons in cultural competency designed to improve the education our students receive in delivering healthcare to an increasingly diverse patient population in this country.

In addition, the OMA administers two very important programs:

The Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP) is a unique partnership between Boston University and fourteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Approximately 40% of the underrepresented minority students who enter BUSM enter through this program. More information and an application form can be found elsewhere on our Web Page

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Summer Research Training Program for Minority Students is a ten week summer research training program which places five undergraduate or graduate students in research laboratories on our campus where they participate in important research projects while learning the latest biomedical research techniques. This program pays the student a stipend, provides rooms in a Boston University dormitory, and pays for roundtrip transportation from their homes to Boston. More information and an application form can be found elsewhere on our Web Page.

We hope you find our Web Page interesting and informative. If you have questions or want more information, contact Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. You can also view a PDF of our brochure here.