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A history of success

Boston University School of Medicine has a proud history of inclusiveness, productivity, service, and accomplishment.

Founded in 1873 through the merger of Boston University and the New England Female Medical College, Boston University’s new school was the first coeducational medical school in the country. From the start, it was an inclusive institution, graduating the nation’s first Native American medical doctor and its first African American psychiatrist.

School-based investigators won the first grant ever awarded to BU researchers: $275 in 1933 from the National Academy of Sciences. In 1940, researchers at the School developed the first surgical treatment for hypertension. In 1949, the first drug treatment for hypertension was developed at the School. And medical school researchers in 1944 conducted the first studies on the use of penicillin to treat infectious diseases in civilians.

Since 1971, the School has administered the Framingham Heart Study with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Founded in 1948, the project is perhaps the best known population health study in the world. Over six decades, it has brought a steady flow of  insights into the effects of diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices on health.

Through its partnership with Boston Medical Center, and its partnerships with other providers in the region, BUSM has provided extensive service to the residents of Boston, Massachusetts, and New England. In 1995, the School of Medicine received the Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges for its work in Boston.

Opportunities to invest in BUSM’s accomplishment

  • Name the School: $20 million
  • Endow the BUSM deanship: $5 million
  • Provide unrestricted support through the BUSM Annual Fund