Candidates may apply between late June and November 1, but early application is strongly recommended.
Initial applications are accepted only through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Information and application materials are available at www.aamc.org.
Once AMCAS has notified the Office of Admissions that an applicant is interested in applying to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), we will send out an initial contact email with all information necessary for starting the secondary application process. BUSM does not pre-screen information from AMCAS. All applicants indicating interest in BUSM on their initial AMCAS application are invited to complete a supplemental application. All applications are completed electronically. Boston University School of Medicine does not accept applications for transfer.
AAMC Pre-Med Navigator
The Committee on Admissions is responsible for the identification, selection, and recruitment of students for Boston University School of Medicine. Decisions are guided by the goals and objectives of the school, as reflected in our committee mission statement and its accompanying statement of values and principles:
To identify, select, and recruit students who are likely to excel academically, engage vigorously in the life of our campus, enhance the diversity of our school community, and contribute generously to our society in the care of patients, in the conduct of medical research, and in the advancement of the public’s health. Qualities of intellect, character, compassion, motivation, preparation, and life experience are all considered; as these factors may each influence a physician’s potential to succeed in a rapidly changing and pluralistic society.
STATEMENT OF VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
The Committee on Admissions conducts a comprehensive, flexible, holistic review of all applicants. This process is defined as follows:
A flexible, highly individualized process by which balanced consideration is given to the multiple ways in which applicants may prepare for and demonstrate preparation for a career in medicine. Candidates are evaluated by criteria that are institution-specific, broad-based, mission-driven, and that are applied equitably across the entire candidate pool.
In applying these principles, the Committee on Admissions strives to bring together a diverse student body constituted by academically gifted, highly motivated, resilient students who share a deep commitment to the values and goals of our profession and our institution. This review focuses on each individual applicant’s talents, accomplishments, experiences, and potential to contribute to the learning community; drawing upon information from the academic record, life history, recommendations, essays, and interview. We select and recruit students who are diverse in numerous ways, including but not limited to, their educational, social, cultural, linguistic, economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and in their life experience.
In choosing to include race and ethnicity among the multiple factors that contribute to diversity and are therefore considered by the Committee on Admissions, Boston University School of Medicine affirms its longstanding commitment to inclusion of groups which have been subject to discrimination and which, without special commitment, would not be represented among our students in meaningful numbers. A diverse student body is consistent with the history and mission of Boston University School of Medicine and is a core educational imperative of the institution for a number of reasons, including the following:
- The ability to understand and value a patient’s culture is a key element of physician competence and is best taught by life experience, rather than as an abstract object of study;
- Diversity promotes understanding in a pluralistic society and contributes to the breakdown of stereotypes and biases;
- A diverse student body promotes a rich, lively, enlightened discussion and prepares students for a heterogeneous workforce and society;
- Racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse leadership in medicine is critical to progress in healthcare and in society as a whole;
- A diverse student body will contribute to a diverse physician workforce, supporting improvements in access to health care for vulnerable populations and a reduction in racial and ethnic disparities in health status.
Predicting success in medical school is an inexact process, and predicting who will make an excellent physician is even more challenging. While we must be confident that candidates have the intellectual capacity and organizational skills to excel in a rigorous academic environment. We look beyond these factors to a more comprehensive evaluation of the intellectual, experiential, and personal qualities an applicant may bring to the study and practice of medicine.
After interview the folders are reviewed yet again, this time with the interviewer’s report providing important, but not necessarily determinative, guidance in our final decision about acceptance. By this stage of the process each applicant folder has been scrutinized and discussed by no fewer than 8 members of the Committee on Admissions.
Individuals interested in additional information are encouraged to browse our Viewbook. Further questions can be addressed directly to the Office of Admissions at 617-638-4630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondary Essay Prompts for the Boston University School of Medicine
Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Boston University School of Medicine Boston, MA.
2017 – 2018
- Did you go on to college directly after high school? If no, explain (1400 characters)
- Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree? If no, explain (1400 characters)
- If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below. (1400 characters)
- Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. (2000 characters)
- Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. (3000 characters)
- This section may be used by re-applicants who wish to highlight specific areas of their application or to outline specific changes since their last application. (3000 characters)
- There are also boxes to explain lack of committee letter or substitute letters (2000 characters each)
2016 – 2017
MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.
- Did you go on to college directly after high school? Limit response to 1400 characters.
- Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree? If no, explain. Limit response to 1400 characters.
- If you have spent more than 4 years as an undergraduate, please explain below (You may skip this question if you have graduated within 4 years.). Limit response to 1400 characters.
- Please provide a narrative or timeline to describe any features of your educational history that you think may be of particular interest to us. For example, have you lived in another country or experienced a culture unlike your own, or worked in a field that contributed to your understanding of people unlike yourself? Or, have you experienced advanced training in any area, including the fields of art, music, or sports? This is an opportunity to describe learning experiences that may not be covered in other areas of this application or your AMCAS application. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. Limit response to 2000 characters.
- Optional: Use the space below to provide additional information you feel will provide us with a comprehensive understanding of your strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine.This should include only information NOT already included in your AMCAS or other sections of the BUSM Supplemental Application. Most applicants leave this blank. Limit response to 3000 characters.