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Boston University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
72 E. Concord St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
Phone
(617) 358-9540
Email address
medadms@bu.edu
School Information
"Each year, approximately 180 new medical students and 350 graduate medical sciences students matriculate at BUSM. The demanding and rigorous medical training combines clinical work at more than 40 outpatient sites ranging from hospitals to private clinics, laboratory experience, and lectures" (Source: https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/about/). BUSM was founded in 1848.
General Information
The SOM has enlisted numerous resources for anti-racism. Furthermore, the school is working towards restructuring its admissions and curriculum. The program, Creating Leadership and Education to Address Racism, is also offered. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The medical school’s Anti-Racist Admissions Working Group expanded the admissions committee to include under-represented groups and added a question to admissions applications on the “applicant’s experiences with racism to BUSM’s secondary application for entry in fall 2021.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On September 29, 2021, the school hosted a Race and Medicine Symposium discussing racism, diversity, equity, and justice.
  • The Creating Leadership and Education to Address Racism (CLEAR) program at the medical school provides medical students knowledge of race, racism, and equity “through formal curriculum development as well as a 6-week enrichment series on Racism in Medicine, featuring topics of history of racism in medicine, anti-racism 101, racism and genetics, critical race theory, racism on the wards, current clinical cases, and more.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As of November 29, 2021, BUSM is in the implementation phase of modifying the school’s curriculum in an effort to eliminate racism based on a Racism in Medicine Report from a group of BUSM medical students.
Program and Research Funding
  • Researchers at BUSM studied “the need for anti-racism in kidney care.”
Resources
  • The BU School of Medicine’s Anti-Racism Resources page references Ibram X Kendi’s teachings “to change a system deeply rooted in inequality, racism, and murder.”
  • The school lists a number of books, websites, articles, podcasts, and videos to teach its students and staff on “allyship” and how to “become anti-racist” including Ibram X Kendi’s “How to be an Anti-Racist” book.
  • The schools Diversity and Inclusion department has a number of programs to increase diversity and promote equity and justice including its Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP) and the Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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