Boston University School of Medicine

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Boston University
School of Medicine
Latin: Universitas Bostoniensis
Established1848; 173 years ago (1848)
Parent institution
Boston University
ProvostKaren H. Antman
DeanKaren H. Antman
Academic staff
Location, ,
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 was 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 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, and the largest network of regional community health centers.[citation needed]

BUSM is the home of the 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 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.

Recent class profile[edit]

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 19 to 40.[3]


Notable faculty[edit]

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[edit]

Graduate Medical Sciences[edit]

BUSM offers MA, MS, and PhD degrees through Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS). GMS offers the MA degree 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.

GMS also grants PhD or MD-PhD degrees 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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Best Medical Schools | Research Rankings | Top Medical Schools for Research | US News Best Graduate Schools". Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Introduction to BU School of Medicine". Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  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 November 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Karen H. Antman – Provost and Dean". Boston University Faculty Profiles. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Osamu Shimomura – Nobel Prize Biography". The Nobel Prize. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Marcia Angell – Center for Bioethics". Harvard Medical School. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Changing the Face of Medicine – Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumper". Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (August 22, 2008). "Ralph D. Feigin, 70, Children's Diseases Book Editor, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  12. ^ 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. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "University announces Alumni Award winners | BU Today | Boston University". BU Today. Retrieved November 27, 2018.

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