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Addressing all facets of patients: HMS advances sex and gender medicine with new elective

September 21, 2021
Those at HMS entrusted with providing a world-class education to the next generation of doctors and biomedical researchers know that they must continually scrutinize and evolve the School's medical curriculum. That includes ensuring that graduates have the knowledge and training to provide expert care to people who belong to groups often underserved by the profession.
Dennis Spencer, MD, PhD, at lab bench

Protected Time for Research

June 28, 2021
This past year, as a new attending physician in pediatric gastroenterology at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dennis Spencer has been juggling his clinical responsibilities and his clinical research, studies which he hopes “may unearth a new prebiotic that would allow us to bolster the gut’s microbiome and protect those at risk for opportunistic infections.”
William Augustus Hinton. Image: Stephen Coit

From Portraits to Role Models - Why We Need Black Physicians in Academic Medicine

December 3, 2020
Early in my medical school career, before I became accustomed to the marble buildings and grandiose paintings of physicians on the walls, I attended the unveiling of a new portrait. Depicting William Hinton, a Black physician known for groundbreaking work in syphilis treatment, the addition garnered attention from faculty and students alike. We stood in the large room, surrounded by portraits of mostly White physicians, as Hinton’s image was revealed.
A memorial dedicated to Brianna Taylor in Louisville

In the quest for social justice, symbolic changes go only so far

November 7, 2020
I exist in parallel universes. In one, I am a medical student and campus leader. In the other, I am a member of a systemically oppressive society and steward of my ancestors’ sacrifices. In both, I exist as a Black woman — and sometimes that identity makes these two universes clash.
William Augustus Hinton. Image: Stephen Coit

Winds of Change

September 23, 2020
Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley has approved a recommendation from a Faculty Council Subcommittee on Artwork and Cultural Representations task force to rename the Oliver Wendell Holmes academic society in honor of the late William Augustus Hinton, MD 1912, an HMS clinical professor of bacteriology and immunology. Read the full article by M.R.F. BuckleyRead more about Winds of Change
Associate Dean Andrea Reid

New Leadership for ORMA

July 14, 2020
Thirty-two years after earning her MD from Harvard Medical School, Andrea Reid, MD ’88, MPH ’01, has returned as the new associate dean for student and multicultural affairs in the Program in Medical Education. She will also serve as director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, succeeding Alvin Poussaint, who established ORMA and led it for 50 years, until his retirement in June 2019.
Zoom-based teaching session image of two faculty teaching.

The Mother of Invention

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic spurs creation of new, remote teaching methods at HMS.

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Harvard Medical School to move learning online in March, faculty moved swiftly, developing new curriculum approaches, sometimes within hours, that are allowing educators to continue to teach classes and ensure that students are achieving learning objectives remotely.

But, among Harvard schools, they had some unique challenges. Part of the process of teaching medical students how to fully assess their patients’ conditions requires human touch—and that can’t be...

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