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Class of 2022 MD graduates pose for a group photo. Image: Steve Lipofsky

Together, At Last

May 26, 2022

2022 grads celebrate success while striving for change in a challenging time.

A sunny, warm spring day, replete with chirping birds and flowers in full bloom, was a fitting backdrop for a celebration years in the making, as graduates of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine gathered with faculty, family, and friends for an in-person Class Day on the HMS Quad.

Jennifer Cloutier Image: Gretchen Ertl

The Promise of Regeneration

May 4, 2022

HMS grad Jennifer Cloutier has a habit of pushing limits.

When Jennifer Cloutier receives her MD from Harvard Medical School in May, it will be 12 years since she won a Canadian national waterskiing championship.

Although that feat alone is impressive, it’s even more extraordinary because the competition was designed for individuals with disabilities, and because of her lower-body paralysis, Cloutier, now 30, performed tricky slalom turns and acrobatics from a special seat bolted to her skis.

 

Sameen Meshkin Image: Gretchen Ertl

The Eyes Have It

May 3, 2022

HMS grad Sameen Meshkin sees residency in ophthalmology as way to continue serving.

Sheer excitement is an understatement when it comes to describing the joy that Ryan Sameen Meshkin felt upon matching to a residency near Boston where he will be able to continue serving after graduation from Harvard Medical School with his MD this May.

Diverse group of medical professionals on one knee with heads bowed on grass. Image by Boston Globe/Getty Images

Medical Racism Is Very Real, and It's Time To End It

February 28, 2022

In this op-ed, LaShyra ‘Lash’ Nolen explores the persistence of medical racism and importance of anti-racism in medicine.

One morning in December I woke up to a dozen messages from excited family and friends. I unlocked my phone expecting a video of the latest TikTok dance craze, but instead an illustration of a fetus appeared. It didn’t take me long to realize what made this image so special — the fetus and its mother were Black.

Lash Nolen in front of HMS campus

Introducing LaShyra “Lash” Nolen

February 16, 2022
Profiles in Transformation, by Dalí Adekunle: The racial reckoning within the United States medical system is at its most dynamic point in recent history. The enrollment of first-year medical students who identify as black has skyrocketed in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. A number of medical institutions have seen a record number of Black students, and the association of American medical colleges reported a national 21 percent increase of Black-identifying students from 2020 to 2021. As positive as this data is, a statistical underbelly looms over the heads of these promising new... Read more about Introducing LaShyra “Lash” Nolen
Victor Lopez-Carmen

Sixteen Innovators to Watch in 2022

January 4, 2022

Every day, innovators propel the world forward with their problem-solving designs, endless creativity and novel solutions. As we move into 2022, we have our eyes on 16 different innovators from nine projects. These groundbreakers are experts in their fields—which range from social justice to biology to artificial intelligence—and they are drumming up new ways to push the envelope.

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Victor Lopez Carmen

One Small Step Illustrating How Medical Schools Can Promote Indigenous Students’ Well-Being

January 1, 2022

I am a Dakota medical student. In January 2021, my tribal government sent a letter to my medical school that read in part: I am writing this letter on behalf of our enrolled member who is a student at your school. He will be attending two very important traditional Dakota ceremonies this year and will need to be excused from school.

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LaShyra Nolen

Forbes 30 Under 30: LaShyra Nolen

December 1, 2021

Forbes 30 Under 30 2022 Healthcare: LaShyra Nolen, Founder, We Got Us. LaShyra is working to right the racial injustice and lack of healthcare access she saw in her community growing up. An advocate for health equity, social justice and anti-racism in medicine, she has published commentary in both academic and popular press and is also an appointed member of the White House Health Equity Leadership RoundTable.