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Office of the Dean
Welcome to the Office of the Dean of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

The Office of the Dean is responsible for the educational and research operations of the School of Medicine

More than 1,200 full-time BUSM faculty provide educational programs for 1,700 MD and graduate students, and care for a diverse population of patients at Boston Medical Center as well as other surrounding hospitals and clinics. Additionally, our faculty, students, and staff compete successfully for hundreds of millions of research dollars.

Our core mission is training the next generation of physicians and scientists. Health sciences education is a constantly evolving field. Although computerization facilitates learning, more information exists to be mastered. Boston University provides today's health sciences students with distinguished and committed faculty, thoughtful and humanistic mentoring, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and clinical experiences in one of New England's most respected teaching hospitals and in other locations in the Boston area and internationally. We remain committed to providing doctors and scientists with an outstanding education in both the art and science of medicine.

The campus has a mission of service to its community as well as a well-established Global Health Initiative. We have the largest trauma center in New England. We have outstanding research programs in cardiology, cancer, neurosciences, and infectious diseases. Faculty and students run a medical clinic that serves refugees from war-torn countries. Many other programs and opportunities provide a network of opportunities for medical and health sciences students.

BUSM was formed in 1873 when Boston University merged with the New England Female Medical College, becoming the first coeducational medical school. The New England Female Medical College, founded in 1848, was the first institution in the U.S. to train women in medicine and graduated the first black woman physician. Throughout our history, we have maintained a strong commitment to the study and practice of medicine in the context of a mission of service to society.

Our milestones include:

  • First Native American MD: Charles Eastman (BUSM 1890), the central figure in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • First U.S. African American psychiatrist-Solomon Carter Fuller (BUSM 1897)
  • Among the first schools in the U.S. to offer the combined BA/MD degree
  • First combined cancer research and teaching laboratory established in the U.S.
  • First section of gastroenterology in the U.S., established in 1942
  • First studies on the use of penicillin in civilians with infectious diseases (1944)
  • First medical school to work with the U.S. Public Health Service National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease, creating the Framingham Heart Study in 1948
  • Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded in 2008 to Osamu Shimomura for his work on green fluorescent protein
  • Home of the NIH-funded National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, one of a few such labs in the country

The Alumni Medical Library is located in the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Instructional Building and serves the Boston University School of Medicine, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health, as well as the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and Boston Medical Center.

Library holdings include extensive electronic collections that comprise 6,647 e-journals, 4,361 e-books, 274 databases, and 121 web-based Subject Guides. Print holdings include 142,755 print volumes, of which 29,971 are monographs. Additionally, library users have access to the University Libraries' collections of more than 2.4 million physical volumes, 4.6 million microform units, 45,264 current unique serials titles, and 77,000 media titles located at the Mugar (main University), Science & Engineering, and other BU libraries.

Electronic full-text journal collections include Elsevier ScienceDirect, Wiley InterScience, Springer, and Nature Publishing packages. E-books include McGraw-Hill AccessMedicine, STAT!Ref, Springer Medicine, and Biomedical & Life Sciences collections. Databases include MEDLINE, Web of Science, BIOSIS, PsycINFO, and ERIC.

The library's information infrastructure has also expanded to include the Learning Resources Center (LRC), a computer lab within the library providing a full range of hardware and software, laser printers, scanners, full Internet capabilities, electronic mail accounts, and more. Students, faculty, and staff of the Boston University School of Medicine, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health, and the Boston Medical Center are eligible to use the LRC. Wireless internet access is also available in the library.

Materials not owned by the Alumni Medical Library may be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan Service network, which links Boston University to the National Library of Medicine and to academic and medical libraries around the country. The library also participates in a cooperative agreement with 17 local university and medical center libraries as part of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). Boston University School of Medicine students and faculty also have access to Harvard University's Countway Library of Medicine through its dual role as the Boston Medical Library. More information about the Alumni Medical Library is available at the library website.

Clinical Affiliations
BUSM is affiliated with 25 hospitals, providing students with diverse clinical environments in which to learn. Major affiliates include:

  • Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston, MA. A private, not-for-profit, 508-licensed bed academic medical center located on the Boston University Medical Campus, BMC is the primary teaching affiliate for BUSM. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is the largest safety net hospital and largest 24-hour Level 1 trauma center in New England.
  • Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System (VABHCS), West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Brockton, MA. The VA Boston Health Care System is the major tertiary care center for New England veterans. VABHCS hosts a number of clinical and research centers of excellence, deploys advanced technologies, and provides primary care to patients from southern New Hampshire and a large segment of eastern Massachusetts.
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA, is a long-term care facility specializing in geriatric and psychiatric care. Comprehensive health services for veterans include mental health, medicine, psychiatry, physical medicine, dentistry, geriatrics, and ambulatory care.
  • Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, RI, is a community-owned and -governed health care organization that provides advanced specialty care. Established in 1878 as the Homeopathic Hospital of Rhode Island, Roger Williams Medical Center provides advanced diagnostic services, specialized surgery, and medical care in their inpatient and outpatient settings

Boston University School of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • MD Anaesthesiology
  • MD Anatomy
  • MD Biochemistry
  • MD Community Medicine
  • MD Dermatology
  • MD Emergency Medicine
  • MD General Medicine
  • MD Microbiology
  • MD Paediatrics
  • MD Pathology
  • MD Pharmacology
  • MD Physiology
  • MD Psychiatry
  • MD Radiodiagnosis
  • MD Skin & V.D
  • MD TB & Chest Diseases
  • MD / PhD
  • MD / MPH
  • MD / MBA
  • MD/MA in Clinical Investigation

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Address: 715 Albany Street #358W  Boston, MA 02118, United States


(617) 638-4640

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