Meet our Students

Student Profiles (Soros Fellowship Recipients)

Student Council

The HMS/HSDM Student Council serves as the student government for both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In addition to the Student Council, approximately 50 Council-approved student groups receive funding from monies allocated for this purpose to a central Student Council budget. The Council has developed guidelines and regulations to which its members and affiliated groups adhere. The Office of Student Affairs provides direct administrative and organizational support to the Council and other student organizations and is a liaison between these groups and the HMS and Harvard University administration.

Student Groups

There are multitudes of student groups at HMS, known as Student Interest Groups. As student interests change, new groups form and others disband. Starting up a new student group is very easy and is encouraged. In addition to the groups on the Longwood Campus, facilities and organizations on Harvard’s Cambridge campus are also open to medical students.

Students in the News

Zooming into Residency: Pandemic prompts remote interviews with hospitals for grads

Zooming into Residency: Pandemic prompts remote interviews with hospitals for grads

February 10, 2021

"For Annie Cathcart, a graduating Harvard Medical School MD/PhD student, applying for her residency in OB/GYN this year could have been very challenging. She gave birth last September and traveling for interviews would have been difficult, especially having to decide whether to bring her infant son with her or leave him at home.

But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she didn’t have to."

Breaking Barriers: Harvard Medical School Students Connect Minority Communities with Care

Breaking Barriers: Harvard Medical School Students Connect Minority Communities with Care

February 9, 2021
When Harvard Medical School switched to remote learning last March, Silvia Huerta Lopez went back to her family in New Jersey. She had quarantined for two weeks before leaving Boston, to avoid potentially bringing the novel coronavirus home. But her entire family was already sick and coughing — months later they all tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
David Velasquez (center left) with his parents Sara and Calixto Velasquez, and his niece, Bella, at Harvard Medical School’s White Coat Ceremony, August 2017.David Velasquez

One day, two worlds: Born to undocumented parents in California, a Harvard grad student reflects on how far he’s come — and the prospects for ‘a new day of compassion.’

January 30, 2021

It’s December in my Southern California town, and the mornings are always cold. If I can convince my father to turn on the barely functional heater before bedtime, he will turn it off by four in the morning to save money. I do not blame him. Neither he nor my mother has a stable job — and not only because of the widespread job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of being two of the hardest-working people I know, they have lived at the economic edge — and sometimes slipped over it — my entire life.