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Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA
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72 East Concord Street

Boston, MA 02118

United States

Phone: 617-638-4630

Fax: 617-638-4718


Degrees / Programs
Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: MD-PHD - seven years MD-MPH - five years MD-MBA - five years MD-MACI - five years MD-JD - six years
Grading System: First & second years - Pass/Fail; third & fourth years-Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail
Academic Information:
Several combined degree programs are offered, including the MD/MPH, MD/MBA, and MD/MACI, to which all students accepted into the medical school may apply. Qualified students may pursue a joint MD/PhD program, earning the doctorate degree in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Genetics; Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pathology, Pharmacology, or Physiology. Most students take part in a four-year curriculum of foundational and clinical science, leading to the M.D. However, up to ten students each year enter an Alternative Curriculum which spreads one year of study over two calendar years, thereby freeing up time for academic or personal interests. The evaluation of students is Pass/Fail in the foundational science curriculum of first two years and Honors, High Pass, Pass Fail, in the third and fourth year clinical clerkships, during which the evaluations also include narrative reports. Passing the USMLE Step 1 is a requirement for promotion to year three.
Basics Sciences:
An Integrated Problems course supplements the traditional lecture/lab/small group discussion format of first- and second-year courses. Integrated Problems meets in small groups, and uses an interdisciplinary, faculty-facilitated approach to tackle case studies that relate to subjects discussed in other courses. First-year courses are: Anatomy; Histology; Biochemistry and Cell Biology; Physiology; Endocrinology; Neuroscience; Human Behavior in Medicine; Essentials of Public Health; Immunology; Genetics; and Introduction to Clinical Medicine I (ICM I). ICM I develops an understanding of the doctor-patient relationship and discusses sociocultural issues related to it. The second year consists of a two-semester course, Disease and Therapy, which integrates the study of disease including pathophysiology, infectious etiologies, and pharmacologic management in an organ-based context; ICM II; and Integrated Problems. In ICM II, students learn to conduct patient interviews and physical examinations. The ICM continuum involves mentorships with practicing physicians, often in primary care settings. Most foundational science instruction takes place in the Instructional Building, which has classrooms, teaching laboratories, the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and administrative offices for key faculty members. The Alumni Medical Library (http://medlib.bu.edu) provides 7,341 electronic journals, 7,069 electronic books, 328 databases and 121 Subject pages. Print collections consist of 136,232 volumes, including 29,421 monograph volumes. In addition to the resources of the Medical Library, students, faculty, and staff have access to the University libraries’ collections located at the Mugar, Science/Engineering, and other BU libraries. Alumni Medical Library Computing Services staff provide student laptop support and manage 188 computers in the Library, and in Computer Labs and Classrooms in the Library and in the McNary Learning Center.
Clinical Training:
Required third-year clerkships are: Family Medicine (6 weeks); Internal Medicine (8 weeks); Surgery (8 weeks); Ob/Gyn (6 weeks); Pediatrics (6 weeks); and Psychiatry (6 weeks). Third-year students also choose two of the following three options Radiology (4 weeks), Neurology (4 weeks) and/or an elective (4 weeks). More than half of the fourth year is reserved for advanced clinical electives and many of our students complete one or more blocks in International Health. Required fourth-year clerkships are: Geriatrics (4 weeks); Ambulatory Medicine (4 weeks), Surgical Subspecialties (4 weeks) and a Sub-internship (4 weeks). Clinical training takes place at the Boston Medical Center (508 beds), the Veterans Affairs Administration Medical Center (180 beds), and at twenty other affiliated hospitals and ambulatory health centers. Several research facilities are part of the Medical Center, and many BUSM students pursue basic science, public health, or clinical research.
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Student Faculty Ratio: 0.49:1
Total Faculty: 2,324
% Part-Time: 8%
% Female: 42%
% Minority: 5%
Notable Faculty:
NameTitleSpecialtyFields of Endeavor
Osamu Shimomura, Ph.D.Emeritus Professor of Physiology2008 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Karen H. Antman, M.D.Professor of MedicineOncologyDean, Institute of Medicine
Gerald Keusch, M.D.Professor of MedicineInternational Health Institute of MedicineFormer Director, NIH Fogarty Center
Brian Jack, M.D.Professor and Chair of Family MedicineInstitute of Medicine
Barbara Gilchrest, M.D.Professor of DermatologyInstitute of Medicine
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Academic Services Offered
Minority Support Groups: Yes
Women Support Groups: Yes
International Student Support Groups: Yes
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Groups: Yes
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