Being Here!

Interactions Among Students

  • Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is known for the very warm and collegial relationships that are established among students. The classes are very diverse and students generally place great value on the opportunity to meet and work with people of so many backgrounds. Orientation week at the start of the first year gives students ample opportunity to develop friendships and establish study groups.
  • The curriculum incorporates many opportunities for working teams and study groups. This approach is specifically encouraged by the faculty as it is a prelude to the collaborative nature of the modern practice of medicine.
  • Most students take advantage of a few of the many clubs, interest groups, and community service activities, cementing students relationships outside the classroom.
  • Virtually all students had other opportunities that they declined in order to choose Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. They are in the class by choice and are fully engaged, both personally and professionally.

Faculty Student Interactions

  • Strong and collegial relationships between faculty and students are a high priority throughout the entire 4 years of the program. Both the clinical and the basic science faculty are involved in advising and mentoring activities, allowing substantial interactions with students outside of the structured environment of the classroom or the clinical service.
    • There are multiple social and networking activities throughout the year for students and faculty to connect.
    • Each student is a member of an Advising Network composed of a Core Advisor, Field Specific Advisor and Peer Advisor.  These groups participate in an ongoing series of activities, both on-campus and in faculty homes.
    • In addition to formal advisors, students often identify faculty mentors with whom they conduct research, undertake projects and rely on for support.

Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine Campus Tour Video

Medical Student Residence Tour Video

BU Medical Campus: A Slide Show

Campus View:

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  • BUSM Instructional Building

    The BUSM instructional building is situated in the center of campus. It houses lecture halls, the library, study areas and lounges, student labs and administrative offices.

  • BUMC Fall

    BUSM is situated on the Boston University Medical Campus in Boston's South End neighborhood.

  • BUSM Winter

  • Talbot Green

    Outside, is the Talbot Green.

Classrooms, Labs and Lounges:

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  • Keefer Auditorium

    In addition to small classrooms and meeting rooms, the school has many auditoriums for large lectures and talks. Keefer is used for basic science courses and clinical conferences during third and fourth year rotations.

  • Hiebert Lounge

    Located on the top floor of the instructional building, Hiebert hosts student luncheon and dinner meetings, special events, as well as space for studying.

  • View from Hiebert

    The lounge also boasts one of the best views of Boston.

  • Alumni Medical Library

    The Library provides study space as well as access to thousands of standard print and full-text electronic journal subscriptions.

  • Gross Anatomy Lab

    You will become very familiar with this space during your first semester.

Student Life:

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  • Play hard, study hard

    There's more to medical school than studying. It's important to find balance.

  • And your education begins...

    The White Coat Ceremony kicks off your medical education at BUSM.

  • Time with friends

    Relaxing on Talbot Green at the center of the Medical Campus.

  • Want to build a snowman?

    We enjoy all four seasons! Frisbee, football, volleyball and building snowmen are some of the popular activities held on Talbot Green.

  • Celebrate residency news

    Match Day is when you find out where you will spend your residency.

Living on Campus:

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  • Medical Student Residence

    On-campus housing is available to the entering class (prior to April 30). Students may rent a bedroom in one of 104 two-bedroom apartments with shared kitchen and bathroom.

  • State-of-the-art living

    Located at the western edge of the medical campus, it is a short walk from the core educational facilities of the School of Medicine.

  • Furnishings provided

    Apartments come partially furnished including double beds, bureaus, desks and chairs.

  • Amenities make life easier

    There's a lounge, exercise room (the Fitness and Recreation Center on the Charles River Campus is also available to BUSM students), laundry facilities, a/c, high speed internet and basic cable service.

Campus Clinical and Research Facilities:

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  • Boston Medical Center (BMC), Emergency

    BMC is the principal teaching hospital of Boston University School of Medicine. It is a 547-bed primary, secondary, and tertiary care facility, serving Boston. BMC is the largest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England.

  • BMC Menino Pavillion

    This is the newest in-patient facility in Boston and is named after former Mayor Thomas Menino in recognition of his support for BMC as the foundation of the city’s health care system.

  • Simulation Center

    Direct patient care experience is supplemented with simulation technology in all four years of the curriculum. In first and second year, students spend about one day a week in a clinical setting, learning interviewing skills, physical diagnosis, and how to interact with patients.

  • Research at BUSM

    Boston University is among the top schools for NIH funding, and there are many opportunities for students to become involved in bench, clinical, epidemiologic or health services research.

  • BioSquare

    BUSM is a very large research institution, ranking among the top U.S. medical schools for externally funded research. BioSquare brings together academic and industry partners.

  • National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL)

    Designed to anticipate the research needs of investigators over the next 20 years, the lab may provide an opportunity for students to engage in cutting-edge research into diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines for emerging infections.

Living in Boston

The Boston University Medical Campus is located in the Boston’s South End, a historic neighborhood famous for its elegant Victorian brownstones and vibrant community, surrounded by shops, restaurants, nightlife and a thriving arts community.

Our neighborhood is central in Boston, a city known as one of America’s most walkable cities. There are endless opportunities to explore our exciting city, in addition to the nearby ocean and mountains while a graduate student at BUSM.

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