Boston University School of Medicine

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Boston University
School of Medicine
Latin: Universitas Bostoniensis
Type Private
Established 1848
Parent institution
Boston University
Provost Karen H. Antman
Dean Karen H. Antman
Academic staff
Students 729
Location , ,
Campus Urban
Tuition $58,976 (2018-2019)
Instructional building

The Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is one of the graduate schools of Boston University. Founded in 1848, the medical school holds the unique distinction as the first institution in the world to formally educate female physicians. Originally known as the New England Female Medical College, it was subsequently renamed BUSM in 1873. It is notably also the first medical school in the United States to award an M.D. degree to an African-American woman, in 1864.

As the only medical school located in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, BUSM and Boston Medical Center, its primary teaching hospital, operates the largest 24-hour Level I trauma center in New England, the largest network of regional community health centers, and possesses the most diverse patient base in New England. BUSM is also the home of the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study – from which all knowledge of cardiovascular disease risk factors were originally discovered. Notable alumni of the medical school include Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine and the only woman to hold the position in the journal's almost 200-year history, as well as Louis Wade Sullivan, former Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services and founder of Morehouse School of Medicine. Boston University School of Medicine is ranked 29th on the 2019 list of Best Medical Schools in the Best Research category by the U.S. News & World Report.[1]


The New England Female Medical College was the first institution to medically train women, founded in 1848.[2] The institution was reformed and renamed in 1873 when Boston University merged with the New England Female Medical College. Upon the renaming, BUSM continued its progressive tradition of medical education for both men and women, and for all races and ethnicities.

Recent class profile

In the autumn of 2010, BUSM's first year medical students were 52% female, and 19% were of an ethnicity that is under-represented in medicine.[3] Out of the 178 matriculated students, 120 are in the traditional Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. Seven students were enrolled in the MD-PhD program, and the rest were in some other type of non-traditional MD track. BUSM also offers joint degrees with other Boston University graduate schools, allowing the medical students to earn an MD degree with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or PhD.

Over 11,000 people applied for admission to BUSM in 2010, and 171 MD students and 7 MD-PhD students were in the entering class, from 37 states and 19 countries. The acceptance rate for the incoming class was 4.3%. Students' ages ranged from 20 to 40.[3]


Notable Faculty

There are 1,159 faculty members at BU's School of Medicine: 946 full-time and 213 part-time.[4] Notable faculty include:

Notable Alumni

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences

BUSM offers MA, MS, and PhD degrees through its Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS). GMS offers the MA degree in Clinical Investigation, Medical Sciences, and Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. An MS degree is available in Biomedical Forensics, Bioimaging, Forensic Anthropology and Genetic Counseling.

GMS also grants PhD or MD-PhD degrees in the following areas:

Clinical affiliates

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ "Best Medical Schools | Research Rankings | Top Medical Schools for Research | US News Best Graduate Schools". Retrieved Oct 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Class Profile » Admissions » BUMC". January 4, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "About the BU School of Medicine". Boston University. Archived from the original on April 14, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "Alfred I. Tauber - Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Zoltan Kohn Professor Emeritus of Medicine". Boston University Faculty Profiles. Boston University. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Karen H. Antman - Provost and Dean". Boston University Faculty Profiles. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Osamu Shimomura - Nobel Prize Biography". The Nobel Prize. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Marcia Angell - Center for Bioethics". Harvard Medical School. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  9. ^ Navarro, Mariechel J (2000). National scientists of the Philippines, 1978-1998. Dept. of Science and Technology, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines. p. 131-140. ISBN 9712709329. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  10. ^ "University announces Alumni Award winners | BU Today | Boston University". BU Today. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  11. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (22 August 2008). "Ralph D. Feigin, 70, Children's Diseases Book Editor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Recipient of the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind" (PDF). National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Steven L. Berk, M.D. '75 – 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient | School of Medicine". Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Changing the Face of Medicine - Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumper". Retrieved 27 November 2018.

External links

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston University Program in Forensic Anthropology
  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • CityLab website
  • Samuel Gregory. Letter to Ladies, in Favor of Female Physicians for their Own Sex (Boston: Published by The New England Female Medical College, 1856).

Coordinates: 42°20′10″N 71°04′22″W / 42.336°N 71.0727°W / 42.336; -71.0727

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