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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.

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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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Integrating Research and Clinical Care

December 12, 2018

Could early exposure to peanuts possibly prevent peanut allergies in high-risk infants? In a new Harvard Medical School immunology course, two groups of third-year students debated the pros and cons of the question this year.

“This course took us to the edge of what we know in the field of immunology again and again. Our course directors pushed us to generate our own hypotheses, envision our own theories and question existing paradigms. There is so much still to discover,” said Cannon Society student Andrew Foley. “And how exciting is that?”