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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
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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.
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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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Music as Medicine

February 26, 2020

Longwood Chorus members combat burnout, create community through song.

On various Tuesday evenings, the student lounge in Vanderbilt Hall transforms from a place of study to a creative sanctuary.  It fills with the harmonizing voices of students, faculty, physicians and researchers from the Longwood Medical area who carve a few hours out of their hectic schedules each week to come together and sing.

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The Power of Hope

November 5, 2019

Fifty years after Harvard Medical School launched an historic initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in its student body, the community gathered to celebrate progress, take stock of remaining challenges, and plan the way forward toward an even more diverse and inclusive community.

The event held on October 28 marked the anniversary of the year that HMS moved to establish a program to recruit 15 African American students.

Robert Mayer

From Student to Admissions Dean

October 30, 2019

From medical student to faculty associate dean for admissions, Robert Mayer’s nearly 5o-year journey at Harvard Medical School began with a letter of acceptance on New Year's Eve.   

Mayer, the HMS Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, began his career at the School on the last day of 1965 when he received a telegram informing him of his acceptance to HMS. It was, of course, an opportunity he could...

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Learning from the Best

October 22, 2019

For almost 40 years the Daniel D. Federman Teaching Awards have celebrated Harvard Medical School’s teachers who, through their excellence in teaching, have impacted and influenced the professional lives of students long after graduation.

The recipients of the awards, who are nominated by students, embody the contributions of Daniel D. Federman, an alumnus of both Harvard University and HMS.

Making History

May 16, 2019

Fifty years ago, when Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry and faculty associate dean for student affairs, first arrived at Harvard Medical School, he was a relatively young man. But he had already lived more than a few lifetimes and fought more than a few battles.

A Cornell-educated physician, Poussaint had marched from Selma to Montgomery just four years before in a demonstration that became one of the nation’s pivotal civil rights protests. 

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Past and Prologue

January 11, 2019

Meredith Atkins, fresh out of Dartmouth Medical School, began her OB/GYN residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 1998. Her first night on the wards, she said, was unforgettable.   

A patient in the Radiology Department was having a miscarriage at 18 weeks and the hospital layout was still so unfamiliar to Atkins that — in her haste to respond—she had difficulty locating the department. She remembered calling her chief resident at least 10 times that evening. 

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