Boston University School of Medicine is one of the graduate schools of Boston University. It holds the unique distinction as the first institution in the world to formally educate female physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine offers MA, MS, and PhD degrees through its Division of Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS). GMS offers MA degrees in bioimaging, clinical investigation, medical sciences, mental health counseling, and behavioral medicine. MS degrees are available in biomedical forensics, forensic anthropology, and genetic counseling.
GMS also grants MD and PhD degrees in areas such as anatomy and neurobiology, biomedical neuroscience, genetics and genomics, microbiology, pathology and laboratory medicine, behavioral neuroscience, biophysics, immunology, molecular medicine, pharmacology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, medical nutrition sciences, oral biology, and physiology.
Originally known as the New England Female Medical College, the university was subsequently renamed Boston University School of Medicine in 1873. It is notably also the first medical school in the United States to award an M.D. degree to an African-American woman in 1864.
As the only medical school located in the South End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, its primary teaching hospital, operates the largest 24-hour Level I trauma center in New England, the largest network of regional community health centers, and possesses the most diverse patient base in New England. Boston University School of Medicine is also the home of the world-renowned Framingham Heart Study, from which all knowledge of cardiovascular disease risk factors were originally discovered.
Notable alumni of the medical school include Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine and the only woman to hold the position in the journal's almost 200 year history, as well as Louis Wade Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and founder of Morehouse School of Medicine. Boston University School of Medicine is ranked 30th on the 2014 list of Best Medical Schools by the U.S. News and World Report.
Boston University School of Medicine was founded in 1848 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.