Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs (ORMA)

2021 May 27


(All day)



Graduation is a day of ceremony and celebration at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. Students are granted the MD and any other advanced degrees they have earned, they are hooded, and they receive their diplomas.

Graduation traditionally consists of two parts: the Commencement Ceremony and Class Day.

Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a virtual event for Harvard University’s 370th Commencement will be held on...

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2021 Mar 03

Research with Indigenous People: Ethical Considerations and Community Engagement

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Harvard University Native American Program and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine present Alexandra King, MD, FRCPC (Nipissing First Nation), Cameco Chair in Indigenous Health and Wellness, Assistant Professor General Internal Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Co-Chair of International Group on Indigenous Health Measurement; and Malcolm King,  PhD, FCAHS (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation), Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, Director Saskatchewan Centre for  Patient-oriented Research. 
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.
2021 Feb 24

The Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program

12:00pm to 1:30pm


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Department of Global Health and Social Medicine's Spring 2021 Proseminar in Social Medicine. The second lecture in the Spring '21 series, "The Urban American Indian Traditional Spirituality Program: Community Engagement and Cultural Adaptation in Indigenous Health" by Dr. Joseph Gone.  ...

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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."

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.”
2021 Jan 27

The Use of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Data in Research and Healthcare

12:00pm to 1:00pm


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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data is not yet universally collected by electronic health records, health systems, and researchers. Incorporating this data can help eliminate barriers to care, illuminate health disparities, and strengthen research. This discussion will...

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African American male in white coat kneeling on one knee

Field Correction: Race-based medicine, deeply embedded in clinical decision making, is being scrutinized and challenged

January 15, 2021
A young Black man arrives in the emergency room, doubled over in pain from a sickle cell crisis. “It’s an act,” says the attending physician dismissively. “I think he just wants drugs.” The attending refuses to prescribe the opioids he might give to a white patient in similar straits. Andrea Reid, MD ’88, associate dean for student and multicultural affairs for the  Program in Medical Education and director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School, witnessed too many such scenes as a trainee in Boston-area hospitals in the 1980s and ’90s.