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Boston University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
72 E. Concord St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02118
(617) 358-9540
Email address
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: 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.”
  • On February 22, 2021, the school's Office of Equity, Vitality, and Inclusion published its report entitled, "Review Based Guidelines For The Equitable Appointment Of Leadership Roles" which include the following recommendations; "Search Committee has taken the Gender-Career and Race Implicit Association Test (IAT) and implicit bias training at least once every three years" and "Participation in implicit bias training is important for all members of the standing search committee."
  • The Department of Medicine is participating in the "Bias Reduction in Internal Medicine (BRIM) Initiative, an NIH-funded study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison." The initiative features a three hour workshop with three "modules" including: "Implicit bias as a habit," "Becoming bias literate: If you name it, you can tame it," and "Evidence-based strategies to break the bias habit."
  • The Boston University Medical Campus offers seminars which “focus on leadership, education, research, quality improvement, wellness, diversity/inclusion and academic promotion” through the 2022-2023 school year.
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.”
  • 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.
  • In the fall of 2020, Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center published the "Report from the Committee to Reduce Implicit and Explicit Bias in Research" which states that the goal of the Committee was to "recommend systems-level changes to identify and minimize racism, sexism and other forms of bias in research design and reporting."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school hosts a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility of the Year Award.
  • The School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology “faculty search committees will include a DEI advocate,” and members “will receive training on elimination of bias from faculty searches. and participate in university-wide efforts to improve faculty diversity, including the Faculty Development and Diversity Program.” The school factors in DEI activities when making decisions on hiring and promotion of faculty.
  • The School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology states that it partners with the office of the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in order to “promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all department members.”
  • The school has a Diversity Advisory Group which “serves as a sounding board to discuss diversity-related matters on campus, and to provide balanced guidance in this space.”
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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