MD & MD PhD Entering Students

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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, Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Return to this page for updates between now and day one!

Action Required:  Complete On-Line OSHA Training, Disclosure Agreements and Photo & Audio Release

OSHA Training

Click Course Directory, then “Launch Course” next to the listing for Safety and Infection Prevention Training under the Campus and Clinical menu.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Registration Form

In addition to Compliance Requirements for Registration of Medical Students, these items are required to matriculate:

  1. Send Tuition Deposit of $500 by April 30 (refundable prior to April 30) (Pathways and MD PhDs are NOT required to make a deposit)
  2. Complete Technical Standards Form (link in Alerts! BUSM Supplemental Application)
  3. Send Final Official Transcript (AMCAS does not provide this to us)
  4. Complete Certiphi Criminal Background Check (email will be sent to accepted applicants from Certiphi)

Tuition deposits should be mailed to: BUSM Office of Admissions, 72 East Concord Street, L124, Boston, MA 02118

Transcripts must be sent directly from your institution to BUSM and contain degree earned and date earned.  They mail be mailed to the address above, or securely emailed to

Move In Weekend – Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30

For MSR specific questions, call BU Real Estate at (617) 353-4101.

Students 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.

Entering students interested in applying for Need Based financial aid are strongly encouraged to start the process early.  BUSM requires applicants to submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and prior year income verification (i.e., tax returns).  Both the FAFSA and CSS Profile are open on October 1.  For detailed information browse the Financial Services BUSM New Students page.  Other general information may be found by selecting the Financial Aid tab in your BUSM Supplemental Application.  This will redirect you to the BUSM Financial Aid portal for direct communication with Financial Services.

Health History & Immunization Forms

Boston University Health Services manages the the health requirements and immunizations required to attend Boston University.  These requirements include immunizations, physical exam, and health history.  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.

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.

Documents & Procedures

The International Students & Scholars Office has provided comprehensive advice on how to make the immigration process as seamless as possible.

Boston University School of Medicine is transitioning to an electronic environment. This means that syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, and lecture notes for most courses in the medical school will be posted online in our learning management system, BlackBoard Learn, in pdf format, rather than distributed on paper.  This also means, all incoming students are required to have a laptop computer.  It is strongly recommended that you do not use a tablet as your primary computer, as they are incompatible with certain required software.  Detailed specifications are listed here.

The Alumni Medical Library‘s Computing Services Help Desk staff, based in L-1109, will provide assistance with student laptops after matriculation, including providing technical assistance and laptop loaner service.

Additional resources are available with computer recommendations on the BU Sourcing & Procurement website for recommendations. You may also visit BU Information Services & Technology (IS&T) Shop Online site for links to Lenovo BU, Dell BU, and Apple BU (Apple requires BU login) as well as Adobe and Microsoft software.

Options for Note Taking & Studying PDF Lecture Note

Guidelines for a Paperless Medical Education

BU Account Set Up Emails Sent.  If you did not receive one, contact Teresa Kelleher at

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 617-638-4630 or

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.

Your Terrier Card will be issued during Orientation. Photo identification must be presented to receive a new card. Valid identification includes a driver’s license, state identification card, or passport. The Terrier Card is valid for on-campus identification only.

Entering students are required to be on campus for Orientation and the White Coat Ceremony on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

More details regarding the BUSM Academic Calendar are available here.

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.

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.