Resources & Support

Library and Computer Services

The Alumni Medical Library is located in Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Instructional Building and serves the Boston University Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine and Public Health, 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.

As part of a recent library renovation, the information infrastructure has been expanded including a Learning Resources Center (LRC) within 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 the Harvard Countway Library through its dual role as the Boston Medical Library.

Supporting our Residents

Teaching Activities:

  • Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Multi-Disciplinary Case Discussions
  • Family Medicine Office-Based Problems
  • Practice Management Weekly Seminar – A two to three hour session of protected teaching time for residents coordinated by Family Medicine faculty. Topics focus on community medicine, human behavior, mental health, common primary case conditions, and procedures common to family medicine.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Monthly Maternal Child Health, Internal medicine, OB, and Pediatrics lectures
  • Monthly Global Health Initiative luncheons
  • Planning and Presentation – Residents will be required to participate in a community project throughout their three years. This project may take one of three tracks: research, teaching, or community medicine.
  • As well, there are numerous learning opportunities throughout Boston Medical Center that are sponsored by other departments. Residents are encouraged to take full advantage, as time permits.

Additional Support Resources and Programs:

In recognition that residency can be a difficult and stressful period, this program is committed to providing support systems for all our residents, including:

  • Balint Group – each PGY2&3 attends twice per month
  • Intern support group- meets twice per month
  • Monthly resident meeting
  • Pairing System
  • Advisor/advisee system
  • Various social events
  • Family medicine faculty involvement in inpatient rotations
  • All rotations take place at Boston Medical Center.