Profile of the Entering Class of 2017
One of the unusual features of BUSM is the large number of pathways to the MD degree that we support, either exclusively on the medical campus, or in partnership with other colleges of Boston University. The 173 students in the entering class of 2017 are drawn from the following subgroups:
- 126 Four-Year MD
- 5 MD-PhD
- 10 Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP)
- 23 Seven-Year BA-MD Program
- 9 Modular Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC)
In addition, a number of these students will, ultimately, graduate with a MD-MPH or MD-MBA.
The class is about 51% women and 31 are under-represented minorities. All entering students hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US or Canadian institution and 37 hold a graduate degree. The group is extraordinarily diverse from a cultural and linguistic perspective; they represent 25 U.S. states and territories, and 19 countries of origin. They range in age from 20 to 37. Virtually all of the entering students have had some experience in clinical settings and many have been engaged in biomedical research. Some come from families with a long tradition of service in the medical profession, while others are the first member of their extended family to attend college.
Many have had substantial careers prior to attending medical school, including pharmacy, elementary and secondary education, health policy, information systems consulting, business management, performance arts, and nursing. Many have worked or volunteered as Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics, others have served as personal care attendants for handicapped individuals or as hospital interpreters. Students have worked in Americorps, Teach for America, the Peace Corps, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brother/Big Sister programs, and a host of other service activities.
The 126 4-year MD students were selected from a pool of over 10,000 individuals who submitted initial applications to BUSM. On the academic side, this is one of the best qualified classes we have ever had. The mean undergraduate GPA in this group was 3.71 and the mean MCAT was 516 (94%). Many of the students have received their undergraduate degrees with Latin Honors, and many have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, as well as other local and national academic honor societies.
For the 173 entering students, the most commonly represented undergraduate institutions include the following:
- Boston University
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Emory University
- Fordham University
- Hampton University
- Harvard University
- New York University
- Northeastern University
- Pepperdine University
- Princeton University
- Rutgers University
- Stanford University
- SUNY – Binghamton
- Tufts University
- University of British Columbia
- University of California-Berkeley
- University of California-Davis
- University of California-Los Angeles
- University of Chicago
- University of Miami
- University of Michigan
- University of North Carolina
- University of Southern California
- University of the Virgin Islands
- University of Toronto
- University of Virginia
- Washington University in St. Louis
How Well We Do on National Measures
- National Board Licensure Exams (USMLE): In recent years, BUSM students have achieved a 91 to 94% pass rate for first time takers on step I and 92 to 94% for step II—both are at or above the average for U.S medical schools. In 2006–2007, the pass rate reached 99%, with a similar jump in mean scores.
- Internship and Resident Match (NRMP): Survey of graduating students in recent years indicate that 85 to 89% had matched in one of their top 3 choices and 90% or more were satisfied or very satisfied with the results. Moreover, as BUSM students are encouraged to apply to the top programs in their field of choice, these very high match rates are all the more extraordinary. A full match list for the most recent graduating class is available on the Office of Student Affairs home page.