Boston University Medical School Secondary Essay

Formerly Known As: New England Female Medical College

Median MCAT: 35

Median GPA: 3.74

Degrees Offered: M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./J.D., M.D./M.S., and a 7-year college->M.D. program

Dean of Admissions: Dr. Robert A. Witzburg

Expertise in systems development in health care delivery and in medical education, with a focus on holistic evaluation of candidates for medical school. Published author in the field of holistic review of medical school applicants.

Core Mission:

Our core mission is training the next generation of physicians, dentists, and scientists. Health sciences education has changed substantially. Although computerization facilitates learning, more information exists to be mastered. Boston University provides today’s health sciences students with distinguished and committed faculty, thoughtful and humanistic mentoring, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and clinical experiences in one of New England’s most respected teaching hospitals, as well as in other locations in the Boston area and internationally. We remain committed to providing future doctors, dentists, scientists, and public health professionals with an outstanding education in both science and humanism.

 

Top Residencies: 

anesthesiology

Obstetrics

emergency medicine

pediatrics

 

 

Application: More here

Two-stage.  First stage MUST be done through AMCAS, with a deadline of October 15th.  There is then a secondary application for P&S with a deadline of November 15th.

BUSM does not pre-screen information from AMCAS. All applicants indicating interest in BUSM on their initial AMCAS application will receive a secondary application from us in due time. All applications are completed electronically. Due to the retention of the current student body, Boston University School of Medicine does not have any slots available for advanced standing in the second or third classes.

Applicants who have not graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution, but who completed a minimum of two (2) years in such an institution, including all of the prerequisites, may be considered to be eligible and should bring the details of their record to the attention of the Committee on Admissions.  Occasionally a candidate of unusual ability is accepted after attendance for three academic years in an undergraduate school if he or she has satisfactorily completed all of the prerequisites and the minimum entrance requirements of 90 semester hours.

Required Courses --

  • One year of English
  • One year of Biology with labs
  • One year of Physics
  • One year of Humanities
  • Two years of Chemistry, one of which must be Organic Chemistry, one of which must be biochemistry

All prerequisites must be completed before a student can matriculate at BUSM. We generally prefer that applicants take these courses at 4-year undergraduate institution rather than utilize advanced placement credits. If an applicant chooses to use advanced placement credits, rather than taking a course at a 4 year accredited college, he/she will be asked to explain the circumstances as a part of their BUSM secondary application.  The Committee on Admissions will then consider the matter as a part of its comprehensive review of the application.  This applies also to CLEP, community college, and junior college courses as well. 

 

Current Year Questions:

 Secondary Application Essays:

1. Did you go on to college directly after high school? (1400 character limit, approximately 280 words)

This may seem like a trap, but this essay actually has the potential to help you greatly – medical schools strongly prefer applicants with diverse life experiences. Use this prompt to tell them a story, assuming you have one, about the time you spent between high school and college and how it helped you mature or change.

2. Are you expecting to go on to medical school directly after completing your undergraduate degree? If no, explain. (1400 character limit, approximately 280 words)

Be honest and specific.

3. 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.). (1400 character limit, approximately 280 words)

4. 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. (2000 character limit, approximately 400 words)

Don’t try to be comprehensive here – pick a couple things that you consider particularly distinctive or memorable. Use them to shape a story about who you are as a candidate, what you believe in and what life has taught you.

5. (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. (3000 characters)

 

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Applicants will be happy to hear that the Boston University School of Medicine Secondary Application for 2013-2014 application cycle is remarkably easy to fill out. In fact, most applicants will not have to write an additional essay. They will however have to send in a check!

Optional Essays

We have found that for most applicants, an extra essay written expressly for Boston University adds little to the information content of the portfolio. While we no longer require an essay, some applicants feel that additional information is necessary in order to provide us with a comprehensive understanding of their strengths as a candidate for a career in medicine. If you wish, use the space below to offer an essay or any other information, addressing any issue you feel is of importance. If you choose to use the space, please do not duplicate information provided elsewhere in this Supplemental Application or in material you have submitted to AMCAS.
For most applicants, no supplementary essay will be necessary and this space can be left blank.

3000 Characters

Please take them at their word – they really do not want an additional essay. Do not rehash your AMCAS materials because you feel you will look more dedicated if you write more. You will not. You will simply look like someone who does not know how to follow instruction.

Who should write an essay? Anyone with extenuating circumstances that were not explained elsewhere ont eh application – such as dealing with cancer treatments during the semester you took organic chemistry. Someone with an institutional action on their record that they were unable to adress on their primary application. Someone who has had a significant new development since sending in the primary application such as getting a major grant funded.

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. It is not necessary to write anything in this section. (2000 Characters)

Again, many applicants need not fill this out. Students who did graduate work before applying to medical school (masters degrees or PhDs, degrees in other fields) should use this space to talk about their graduate work and how they will use it in their career. If you spent a semester abroad or took a year off to have an immersion experience you can use this space to give more details about that experience – but be careful. If you are simply rehashing details that were in your AMCAS and not adding anything new you should not be filling out this essay. Only describe arts/sports experiences if they are truly significant and you have actual accomplishments in that area.

Re-applicants:

Re-Applicant Comment
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.

We recommend all re-applicants fill out this section. You need to show how you have improved and why you should be accepted this year. You should have spent this year addressing gaps in your application – use this space to highlight that!

Personal Connection:

Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center Connection
If desired, use this section to explain any personal connection(s) you may have at Boston University School of Medicine or Boston Medical Center (other than as a patient).

Do not fill this out if you have been a patient  Follow the instructions – they indicate they do not want to hear about patient experiences. If you have done research at the school, shadowed a physician there or volunteered in their hospital absolutely fill this out describing your experience. It does not matter if this information appears elsewhere on AMCAS. Instead of having to comb through your application to find it readers can jump to this space. If your parents or any other relative – including your spouse- has attended or is attending medical school at Boston University mention it and talk about what wonderful things you have heard from them. The same thing goes for relatives working at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center.

Fee:

Whether you write an essay or not you will need to send in more money. $110 to be exact.

Deadline:

January 3

 

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