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.
The first “Dreamer” to be awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is finally poised to attend the University of Oxford after years of uncertainty about whether the U.S. would allow him to return home as a DACA recipient.
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.”
Seven Harvard Medical School students have received 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. They are among 30 graduate students to receive the merit-based award for immigrants and children of immigrants and were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to the United States.
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.
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.
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. Buckley. Read more about Winds of Change
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.
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...