MD & MD-PhD Entering Students

Admissions Office Staff is primarily remote.  We are available by email or phone 617-358-9540.  Hours 9:00AM – 4:00PM EST.

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Welcome to Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine!

We know you are as excited to join our 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 1, 2023.

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White Coat Ceremony Registration

White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2027 – August 1, 2023 

Please read this in its entirety and complete each request in a timely manner.

Order White Coat
Submit your White Coat size & personalization preferences no later than
Sunday, June 25th at 11:59 p.m
Sizing information can be found on the Google Form.

Name Pronunciation
Submit your preferred name pronunciation by following these steps no later than
Friday, July 14th at 11:59 p.m
., following the instructions below. This ensures we correctly pronounce your name at the White Coat Ceremony.

• Call (617) 358-0108
• Slowly state your first and last name as it should be read at the White Coat Ceremony. No nicknames or middle names, please.
• Repeat your name three (3) times to ensure that we clearly understand the proper pronunciation of your name.
• After recording your name, please also record your contact information (email and phone number) in case we need to reach you.

Guest Registration
Register up to 2 guests for the White Coat Ceremony by Tuesday, July 18th at 11:59 p.m.

Each student is allotted 2 registered guests to sit outside for the White Coat Ceremony. There will be a livestream available on-site inside the School for additonal guests to view the ceremony. You may join the waitlist for extra guests so that if additional guest space becomes available, you may be offered a seat for an additional guest(s) to sit outside for the ceremony.

The Ceremony will be held at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA.

Please be in touch with the Development team with any questions about registration and guests for the Ceremony at


    White Coat Ceremony Schedule

    7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Class of 2027 Check-In
    8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome to Chobanian & Avedisian SOM
    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Advising Breakfast
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Distribution of White Coats
    Line up for Ceremony
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. White Coat Ceremony
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Reception for Students & Guests


    Medical Equipment

    Medical Equipment Letter 2023

    Order form access information:

    1. Go to
    2. Click on Student Order Form
    3. Use the Access Code: 8423busm
    Orders must be placed no later than August 4th


    Finalizing with Admissions

    These items are required by Admissions to matriculate:

    1. Pay Tuition Deposit of $500 by July 10 through the Supplemental Application (Pathways and MD-PhDs are NOT required to make a tuition deposit)
    2. Complete Technical Standards Form (link in Alerts! Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Supplemental Application)
    3. Send Final Official Transcript to Office of Admissions (SMEDs exempt from this requirement) (AMCAS does not provide this to us). Transcripts must be sent directly from your institution to Chobanian & Avedisian SOM and contain degree earned and date earned. They may be mailed to the address above, or securely emailed to
    4. Complete Certiphi Criminal Background Check (email will be sent to accepted applicants from Certiphi)

    Phone:  617-358-9540  Email:


    April 30:  Select Plan to Enroll at AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool

    July 10:  Select Commit to Enroll at AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool


    BUMC Financial Services

    Entering students interested in applying for Need Based financial aid are strongly encouraged to start the process early. Details may be found here.

    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.

    Phone:  617-358-6550  Email:

    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.


    Medical Student Residence and Off-Campus Housing

    Apply for the MSR by completing the Medical Student Residence Application starting in February.

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

    Students considering living in the MSR should familiarize themselves with School Residence Policy.

    Off-Campus Housing

    Boston University Medical Campus Housing Resources can provide additional information on other housing options in and around the Boston University Medical Campus.


    Health Forms & Insurance

    First year medical students begin seeing patients within their first week of medical school, so completing all the health requirements is mandatory to start class.

    Boston University Student Health Services   Pre-Matriculation Health Requirements and Documentation for Medical, Dental and Clinical Graduate Medical Sciences Program Entering Students

    Immunization and Physical Form, Instructions and FAQs 

    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).

    Phone:  617-353-3575  Email:

    Health Insurance & Medical Care

    Massachusetts law requires all students who are enrolled in at least 75 percent of the full-time curriculum to have medical insurance. Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine automatically enrolled in an individual health plan. Additional information is outlined on the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM New Student Health Insurance information page.

    Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine values student wellness. A wide variety of health services are easily accessible to all medical students.


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    International 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 the School 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” either via email or by uploading to your supplemental application.

    If your immigration status has changed since your application to the School, 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.


    BU Student Link

    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

    BU Identification Card (Terrier Card)

    All Chobanian & Avedisian SOM 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 will be asked to upload a picture of yourself to the Student Link to be used as your BUMC ID photo. Terrier Card Photo Upload Guidelines

    Trouble uploading your photo?  Send photo in JPEG format with BU ID to and they will upload it for you.

    ID cards are printed prior to your arrival and distributed to you during Orientation or MSR move-in (for those living in the Medical Student Residence).

    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.


    Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Laptop and Tablet Requirements

    Incoming students should review the School Laptop and Tablet Requirements.


    Chobanian & Avedisian SOM Merchandise

    School Merchandise is available at Barnes & Noble @ Boston University.


    Parking & Public Transit

    Students interested in using public transportation are encouraged to review discount passes offered through BUMC Parking & Transportation Services  or at visit their  office @ 710 Albany St. (Hours: 9am-5pm).  The Transcomm office can also assist those interested in purchasing a parking pass.


    Other Resources:  Boston University Graduate Education