Located in Boston, MA, Boston Medical Center, an academic medical center in the heart of Boston, focuses on serving underprivileged and indigent patients. BMC’s slogan is “We provide exceptional care without exception” and Northeastern students are often attracted to BMC because of this unique role in serving the most vulnerable in our society. Boston Medical Center has a rich history with the Co-op program, dating back more than 25 years to when what is now the primary campus of BMC was the Boston University Medical Center Hospital. One of those early co-ops was Kenneth Belcher, who went on to become president and CEO of Roger Williams Hospital in Rhode Island.
Now Northeastern students on co-op are in every discipline in the hospital, including nursing, respiratory therapy and pharmacy. They have also employed business students in various financial service functions. Boston Medical Center also has a rich history of hiring people with disabilities, including students on co-op. It is an important part of the institution�s culture and sends a powerful message that everybody has talent to offer. BMC values the work of the students while there on co-op, but also sees the program as a pipeline for future employees. BMC CEO Elaine Ullian says, “Not only do we get all this young talent, but, also it’s a great opportunity for us to sort out who we want to keep after they graduate. How perfect is this? The student gets to see if he or she likes it here, gets to see if it’s the right fit. And it’s just a wonderful, wonderful program.”