Academic Societies

HMS student Bliss Chang presenting his scholarly project on a virtual platform.

Unstoppable Science

April 6, 2020

80th Soma Weiss Student Research Day held virtually.

The annual forum, sponsored by the HMS Scholars in Medicine Office, provides students with an opportunity to present their scholarly work and share their findings with faculty and fellow students through poster sessions. Posters and abstracts in the research categories of basic science, clinical/translational, global and community, and health and medicine in society were all made available online this year.

Shyam K. Akula

Promising New American Physician-Scientists

April 14, 2020

Five HMS students receive 2020 Soros Fellowships.

Shyam Kiran Akula was born in Arcadia, California, to Indian parents who immigrated to the U.S. from Kuwait when they were forced to leave due to the Gulf War. Akula majored in neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis and worked in a pediatric neurology clinic at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, developing a passion for investigating rare diseases and caring for families afflicted with these conditions.

An MD/PhD candidate, Akula received the 2017-2019 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Medical Scientist Training...

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Coronavirus in the lungs. Image: selvanegra/iStock/Getty Images

A COVID-19 Curriculum

April 14, 2020

HMS MD students create online curriculum adopted globally.

“It’s spread beyond all our initial dreams and hopes, and it’s amazing to see the impact we’ve been able to make,” said HMS student Michael Kochis who, together with a group of about 25 to 30 fellow HMS students, set about creating a COVID-19 curriculum. It was initially conceived as a resource to be shared with fellow classmates or other local health care providers. 

Kristen Scott holding up her Match Day results while celebrating in Michigan with a friend.

From Envelopes to Emails

March 25, 2020

Virtual Match Day captures joy, purpose for HMS 2020 graduates.

“This is not the Match Day that any of us expected — even a week ago,” said David Clossey to his Harvard Medical School (HMS) classmates who joined more than 300 faculty, staff, family and friends on a March 20 videoconference.

Option to Serve

Option to Serve

March 28, 2020

This year’s graduating Harvard Medical School students will have the option to receive their diplomas early so that, if they choose, they can quickly be deployed into hospitals where regular staff might soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

Three HMS students singing.

HMS Students Mobilize

March 24, 2020

HMS MD students form COVID-19 rapid response teams to provide support, information.

With more than 50,000 patients admitted annually and millions of outpatient visits each year, Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s premier hospitals and biomedical research facilities, is an extremely busy place.

Adding the new coronavirus pandemic to the mix is expected to exponentially increase patient demand at the Harvard Medical School affiliate, and officials at Mass General and other HMS affiliated hospitals have been working diligently to prepare for an...

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HMS students examine a pediatric patient at Boston Children's Hospital. Image: Gretchen Ertl

'Know Thyself'... and Seek Advising

March 5, 2020

HMS career advising program offers four years of support.

How does a medical student choose a clinical specialty? The ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” is sage advice that may help future doctors find their calling, but it’s only a starting point, some medical educators say.

J.C. Panagides (left) and Mitchell Winkie moving out of Vanderbilt Hall on March 13. Image: Steve Lipofsky

Homeward Bound

March 17, 2020

HMS academic, research community responds to COVID-19 pandemic.

Two Harvard Medical School students, toting large suitcases, waited in the lobby of Vanderbilt Hall for their ride to Logan International Airport. First-year student J.C. Panagides was headed to Sterling, Virginia. Mitchell Winkie, another first-year student, was headed to Pittsburgh.

2021 Apr 06

HST Student Forum Day (Cancelled for 2021)

1:00pm to 4:00pm

In light of Harvard and MIT policies concerning holding large events during the COVID-19 public health situation, the 2021 HST Forum is cancelled.

The HST Forum is an annual event celebrating the depth and breadth of the Health Sciences and Technology student research effort. It provides both HST-London Society MD and HST Medical Engineering Medical Physics PhD students the opportunity to present their scholarly work, learn about the investigative work of their peers, as well as interact with faculty and staff from the greater...

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2020 Apr 05

Revisit

Sun Apr 5 (All day) to Tue Apr 7 (All day)

Location: 

TMEC

Revisit is held each year in April and is an opportunity for admitted applicants to visit campus for a second look before making their final decision as to which medical school they will attend. The Office of the Committee on Admissions partners with the Offices of Student Affairs and Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs to plan a comprehensive and exciting schedule of events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Revisit 2020 will be now be hosted virtually. Admitted HMS MD and MD-PhD students will be invited to register in order to access the online platform.

2020 Aug 07

White Coat Day

(All day)

Location: 

TMEC Atrium

During the first week in August, incoming students receive their white coats as they prepare for the challenges of medical school. Read about White Coat Day 2019

2020 Aug 03

Student Orientation

Mon Aug 3 (All day) to Fri Aug 7 (All day)

Information for new students coming soon! Orientation is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 3-7th, 2020. Orientation events include JAAM (Justice, Advocacy and Activism in Medicine) and FEAT (First-year Education Adventure Trip).

US Medical Schools Boost LGBTQ Students, Doctor Training (Aliya Feroe featured)

February 20, 2020

Aliya Feroe recalls the flustered OB-GYN who referred her to another physician after learning she identified as queer. 

“LGBTQ physicians deserve an equal standing in the medical community and LGBTQ patients deserve the same quality of care awarded to anyone else,” said Feroe, a third-year Harvard medical student.

Increasing LGBTQ enrollment and training in LGBTQ health issues in medical schools can help achieve those goals, advocates say.

Lash Nolen portrait outside Gordon Hall. Image: Gretchen Ertl

Lash Nolen is Harvard Medical School’s First Black Woman Class President

February 25, 2020

Most people call her "Lash," but LaShyra Nolen’s name is hardly the only unique thing about her. Last year, she became the first black woman ever elected as class president of Harvard Medical School (HMS).

Born in Compton, California, and educated in Los Angeles, Lash grew up with big dreams and equally daunting challenges.

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