MD & MD-PhD Entering Students
Admissions Office Staff is available for questions via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to Boston University School of Medicine!
We know you are as excited to join the BUSM community as we are to have you. Check out the information below which contains required forms and information for entering students. You will find links to housing, health and emergency contact forms, computer requirements, and much more. This information will help you meet the Compliance Requirements for Registration of Medical Students before the first day of class August 2, 2021.
White Coat Ceremony - REGISTRATION, etc. - Updated 7/9/21
White Coat Ceremony
Monday, August 2, 2021
White Coat Order Form – Due June 18
Make sure to input the mailing address for the residence you’d find yourself in should the coats be shipped to you in mid to late July (this is merely a backup option should we have to ship them to you as opposed to BU). I’ve also attached a size chart from the manufacturer.
Our White Coat Ceremony will be live and in-person on Monday, August 2 at 11 am Eastern. You are allowed to bring two guests to the ceremony and subsequent reception, but this limit will be strictly enforced.
In compliance with university policies, we cannot accommodate additional guests in the tent beyond the two guests you register with Development and Alumni Relations using this portal: http://wwwapp.bumc.bu.edu/WhiteCoat. Guests who aren’t registered in advance or who exceed the two-guest limit will be turned away. Please do not place the staff or your guests in this uncomfortable position.
A livestream link will be shared with you at a future date so you friends and families can tune in from their respective locations.
We want to ensure your name is pronounced correctly at the ceremony. To do this, we ask that you record your name so Dean Garg can pronounce it correctly when you are called up to receive your white coat. This is very important. Please compete these steps by Friday, July 16:
1) Call (617) 358-0108
2) Slowly state your first and last name as it should be read at the White Coat Ceremony. No nicknames, please.
3) Repeat your name three (3) times to ensure that we clearly understand the proper pronunciation of your name.
4) Please also record your contact information (email and phone number) in case we need to reach you.
Photo/Video Release – Complete prior to July 30th:
Orientation To Do List
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Medical Equipment - Updated 7/20/2021
This is simply an example of typical equipment students will need. Much of it will be donated to you by alumni. You will be instructed at a later date as to what you will need. No action required at this time.
Tuition & Billing Questions
M1s are considered new graduate students, your payment deadline is in mid-September. Visit Student Accounting Services to verify the fall billing date and some other helpful info.
Finalizing with Admissions
In addition to Compliance Requirements for Registration of Medical Students, these items are required to matriculate:
- Pay Tuition Deposit of $500 by July 12 through the Supplemental Application (Pathways and MD-PhDs are NOT required to make a deposit)
- Complete Technical Standards Form (link in Alerts! BUSM Supplemental Application)
- Send Final Official Transcript to Office of Admissions (AMCAS does not provide this to us) email is best email@example.com
- Complete Certiphi Criminal Background Check (email will be sent to accepted applicants from Certiphi)
Medical Student Residence and Off-Campus Housing
Students interested in the MSR should send a deposit form and check as soon as possible. You will be guaranteed a bed if your deposit is received by April 1. Get your name on the list by signing up here MSR Reservation form.
For MSR specific questions, call BU Real Estate at (617) 353-4101..
Students considering living in the MSR should familiarize themselves with BUSM Residence Policy.
Boston University Medical Campus Housing Resources and
Boston University Real Estate can provide additional information on other housing options in and around the Boston University Medical Campus.
BUMC Financial Services
Contact Boston University Medical Campus Student Financial Services for details about Medical School tuition and fees, to discuss financing options and initiate the loan application process. www.bumc.bu.edu/osfs/med/ firstname.lastname@example.org 617-358-6550
Entering students interested in applying for Need Based financial aid are strongly encouraged to start the process early. Details may be found here.
BUSM Laptop and Tablet Requirements - Updated 6/2/2021
Here is the link to the BUSM Laptop and Tablet Requirement page: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/it/learning/computer-lab/laptop-tablet-requirements/
Entering students should review the laptop and table requirements on the Library website.
BU Community Health & Safety - Added 5/12/21
Health Forms & Insurance - Updated 6/2/21
First year medical students begin seeing patients within their first week of medical school, so completing all the health requirements is necessary to start class.
As a Boston University student, you are required to receive the Covid-19 vaccine (barring religious or medical exemptions). Here is an important university memo with instructions on how to upload your vaccine documentation to BU’s Patient Connect portal. Please upload this information by Monday, July 26.
Boston University Student Health Services Pre-Matriculation Health Requirements and Documentation for Medical, Dental and Clinical Graduate Medical Sciences Program Entering Students
Schedule an appointment for a physical with your health care provider as soon as possible. Print the Immunization and Physical Form to bring to your appointment for completion: be sure to access the form for medical and dental students, which includes the more stringent requirements for health-professions students. You may need to begin a series of inoculations in order to comply with University and Massachusetts regulations. To complete your document and data submission, you must access the PatientConnect portal of Student Health Services: to do so you will need a Boston University identification number, email and Kerberos password (see below).
If you cannot access Patient Connect mail the forms to:
Health Insurance & Medical Care
Massachusetts law requires all students who are enrolled in at least 75% of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Boston University School of Medicine automatically enrolled in an individual health plan. Additional information is outlined on the BUSM New Student Health Insurance information page.
Boston University School of Medicine values student wellness. A wide variety of health services are easily accessible to all medical students.
International entering students who require sponsorship by Boston University, must complete the International Student Data Form and submit the required supporting documentation to the Office of Admissions. Supporting documentation include, copy of passport photo page, copies of all of your immigration documents if you are currently in the U.S., and proof of financial resources. Details may be found on the ISSO Graduate and Non-Degree Students page. I-20 processing begins 90 days before the first day of class. We STRONGLY suggest you submit your documentation to BUSM prior to that so that your forms may be placed in the processing queue. I-20s will be delivered to you via Federal Express to the address provided on the International Student Data Form.
Permanent Residents are asked to submit a copy of your Permanent Resident Card “Green Card”.
If your immigration status has changed since your application to BUSM, we request you submit copies of your new status documentation.
The International Students & Scholars Office has provided comprehensive advice on how to make the immigration process as seamless as possible.
The BU Student Link provides direct access to public and personal academic, financial, and institutional data maintained in the University’s central computer system.
In the spring, you will receive an email with information on how to set up your Boston University email account and password, and this login information will also be used to access the Student Link. This login must be set up before you attend Orientation. If you are unable to set up your BU email address or still have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 617-358-9540 or email@example.com.
BU Identification Card (Terrier Card) Update 6/21/2021
All BUSM students are issued a Terrier Card with an assigned University I.D. number that will be used for all University records including registration, class adjustments, and access to the telephone information system.
You are now able to upload a picture of yourself to the Student Link to be used as your BUMC ID photo. The process isn’t difficult but requires several steps, so review the how to guide.
ID cards will be printed prior to your arrival and distributed to you during Orientation or MSR move-in (for those living in the Medical Student Residence). Please complete this process by Friday, July 16.
BUSM Administration & Services
BUSM prides itself on providing excellent services to its students. There are a wide variety of staff offices from Student Affairs to Education to Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Here is a list of the staff offices Administration & Services available to medical campus students.
BU Alert System
All students must provide Boston University with their appropriate emergency contact information before registering for classes. In the event of a campus emergency, this information will be used to notify students. Once you have a BU account, you may update your contact information on the Student Link. To learn more about this notification system, visit BU Alert.
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Office of Admissions
Student Financial Services
Student Accounting Services
Student Health Services
Housing Resources (Off Campus Housing)
BU Real Estate Office (Medical Student Residence)
Student Affairs (OSA)
Office of the Registrar
Office of Development
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