Invest in Accomplishment

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, BU’s new school was the first coeducational medical school in the country—building on the Female Medical College’s distinguished tradition, which includes the first Black American woman to receive a medical degree, Rebecca Lee Crumpler. From the start, BUSM 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. BUSM researchers developed the first surgical treatment for hypertension, the first drug treatment for hypertension, and the first studies of penicillin to treat infections 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.

To learn how you can honor the school’s past and support its future with a major investment, please contact our Development team.