In the fall of 1850, Harvard Medical School admitted its first three Black students, Daniel Laing, Isaac Snowden, and Martin Delaney. By the following spring, however, all three had been expelled. A group of white students protested the black students’ presence in the class, and Dean Oliver Wendell Holmes dismissed the trio the following March.
On March 19, after a challenging COVID-19 pandemic year, graduating Harvard Medical School students gathered online for the second year in a row to find out—and celebrate—where they will spend the next phase of their medical training.
More than 160 graduating Harvard Medical School students will match to their residency programs this spring and move on to the next phase of their medical careers after graduation. Constance Wu, an MD student in the joint Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, is one of them. She found time in the midst of the past year and her demanding studies to, among other things, illustrate a children’s book on COVID-19 written by classmate Katherine Redfield. Wu talked with HM News about what the past year has been like and what she’s hoping for the future.
Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen, a Dakota and Yaqui writer, health policy advocate, and member of Boston's COVID-19 Health Inequities Taskforce spoke to Boston Public Radio on Tuesday about how the coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected Native Americans.