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Taking Aim at Racism: PME anti-racism task force prepares findings, recommendations

Taking Aim at Racism: PME anti-racism task force prepares findings, recommendations

April 2, 2021

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.

Ramona and Iris...and the Coronavirus cover art by Constance Wu, written by Katherine Redfield.

Pandemic Project: Student Constance Wu on what inspired a COVID-19 children’s book

March 11, 2021
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.
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.

Jalen Benson

Racism in Medicine: MD Candidates Student Life

January 26, 2021
“Community service is always going to be central to what I do,” says second-year MD student Jalen Benson. “These incredible institutions like Harvard have a lot of low-income—and especially Black and brown—people in their shadows who don’t feel they can access state-of-the-art hospitals. A large part of the reason is historic and institutional barriers that are present today, so my goal is to minimize those barriers.”