Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

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Boston University
Chobanian & Avedisian
School of Medicine
Latin: Universitas Bostoniensis
TypePrivate medical school
Established1848; 175 years ago (1848)
Parent institution
Boston University
DeanKaren H. Antman
Academic staff
Location, ,
Tuition$58,976 (2018–2019)
Instructional building

The Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, formerly the Boston University School of Medicine,[1] is one of the graduate schools of Boston University. Founded in 1848, the medical school was the first institution in the world to formally educate female physicians.[2] Originally known as the New England Female Medical College, it was subsequently renamed Boston University School of Medicine in 1873, then Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine in 2022. In 1864, it became the first medical school in the United States to award an M.D. degree to an African-American woman.

Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is the only medical school located in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Medical Center, its primary teaching hospital, operates the largest 24-hour Level I trauma center in New England, and the largest network of regional community health centers.[3]

Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is the home of the Framingham Heart Study, from which all knowledge of cardiovascular disease risk factors were originally discovered.[4] Notable alumni of the medical school include Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the 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. Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is tied for 32nd on the 2023 list of Best Medical Schools in the Research category, and tied for 36th in the Primary Care category, by the U.S. News & World Report.[5]


The New England Female Medical College was the first institution to medically train women, founded in 1848.[6] The institution was reformed and renamed in 1873 when Boston University merged with the New England Female Medical College and began to admit men as well as women. Following a $100 million donation in 2022 by philanthropist and clarinetist Edward Avedisian, the school name was formally changed once again to "Boston University Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine", honoring Avedisian and his friend, former dean of the medical school Aram V. Chobanian.[7][8]

Recent class profile[edit]

In the autumn of 2019, Boston University School of Medicine's first-year medical students were 48% female, and 14% were of an ethnicity that is under-represented in medicine.[9] Out of matriculated students, 124 are in the traditional 4-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. Average GPA was 3.69. Six students were enrolled in the MD-PhD program, and the rest were in some other type of non-traditional MD track. The school 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.

Students matriculating came from 29 states and 19 countries. Average MCAT was 517. Students' ages ranged from 18 to 35.[9]


Notable faculty[edit]

There are 1,159 faculty members at BU's School of Medicine: 946 full-time and 213 part-time.[10] Notable faculty include:

Notable alumni[edit]

Graduate medical sciences[edit]

The school offers MA, MS, and PhD degrees through Graduate Medical Sciences. The MA degree is in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. An MS degree is available in Anatomy and Neurobiology - Vesalius Program, Bioimaging, Biomedical Forensics, Biomedical Research Technologies, Clinical Research, Forensic Anthropology, Genetic Counseling. Health Professions Education, Healthcare Emergency Management, Medical Anthropology & Cross Cultural Practice, Medical Sciences, Nutrition and Metabolism, Oral Health Sciences, Pathology Laboratory Sciences, Physician Assistant, and Physiology and Biophysics.

PhD and MD-PhD degrees are also granted in the following areas:

Clinical affiliates[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center serve as the setting for Robin Cook's bestselling novel Coma as well as the film of the same name directed by Michael Crichton.[24]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Herwick III, Edgar B. (November 4, 2016). "The 'Doctresses Of Medicine': The World's 1st Female Medical School Was Established In Boston". GBH News. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  3. ^ "Boston Medical Center". Modern Healthcare. June 30, 2010. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  4. ^ "Framingham Heart Study". Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "Best Medical Schools | Research Rankings | Top Medical Schools for Research | US News Best Graduate Schools". Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "Introduction to BU School of Medicine". Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  7. ^ Mogg, Katie (September 29, 2022). "Retired clarinetist donates $100 million to rename Boston University's medical school after his friend". Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  8. ^ Alonso, Johanna (September 30, 2022). "Clarinetist Gives $100M to Boston U Medical School". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "2019 Entering Class Profile". 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  10. ^ "About the BU School of Medicine". Boston University. Archived from the original on April 14, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  11. ^ "Alfred I. Tauber – Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Zoltan Kohn Professor Emeritus of Medicine". Boston University Faculty Profiles. Boston University. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Karen H. Antman – Provost and Dean". Boston University Faculty Profiles. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Osamu Shimomura – Nobel Prize Biography". The Nobel Prize. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Marcia Angell – Center for Bioethics". Harvard Medical School. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ida Josephine Brooks". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved September 16, 2022.
  16. ^ "Changing the Face of Medicine – Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumper". Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  17. ^ Popular Science, November 1921, p. 33
  18. ^ Navarro, Mariechel J (2000). National scientists of the Philippines, 1978–1998. Dept. of Science and Technology, National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines. pp. 131–140. ISBN 9712709329.
  19. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (August 22, 2008). "Ralph D. Feigin, 70, Children's Diseases Book Editor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Ritvo, A.R. (2013). "Ritvo, Edward". In Volkmar, Fred R. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York, NY: Springer. pp. 2604–2606. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-1698-3_1871. ISBN 978-1-4419-1698-3.
  21. ^ "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 November 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Altman, Lawrence K. (March 21, 2000). "Louis Weinstein, 92, Infectious-Disease Expert". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2022.
  23. ^ "University announces Alumni Award winners | BU Today | Boston University". BU Today. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  24. ^ "Robin Cook Residence". Boston Literary District. Retrieved February 1, 2022.

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