School of Medicine

History, Campus, and Student Opportunities

Boston University established the School of Medicine in 1873 by merging with the New England Female Medical College, founded in 1848, the first medical college for women in the world. In addition to the four-year MD program, the School of Medicine has a number of dual degree options. Students may earn a combined MD-PhD, MD-MPH, MD-JD, MD-MBA, MD-MSCR, or MD-OMFS. Graduate Medical Sciences offers both research and professional master’s and doctoral degrees.

The School of Medicine is located in Boston’s historic South End, adjacent to its primary teaching hospital Boston Medical Center, on the Boston University Medical Campus, which also includes the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health, Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, and BioSquare, with 314,000 square feet of research space and more than 30,000 square feet of clinical space.

Students enjoy the advantages of comparatively small classes that afford opportunities for considerable personal contact with faculty, and the benefits of study in an urban academic medical center with diverse settings for clinical instruction and externships in affiliated hospitals and community health centers.

Boston Medical Center is the largest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. The emergency medicine department had more than 120,800 visits in fiscal year 2021.

More than 81 percent of medical students participate in research projects and electives. While no students were able to participate in international health experiences in 2020–2021 due to the pandemic, in a typical year approximately 25 percent participate in a variety of international health elective experiences.


Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

The School of Medicine’s continuing medical education programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Residency programs at the School of Medicine are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association.

Boston University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and is a member of the American Association of University Women, American Council on Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Association of Urban Universities, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, EDUCOM Interuniversity Communications Council, Institute of International Education, and National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.

For program information, please visit the Programs section.