Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs (ORMA)

Blanca Morales Temich standing against a mural. Image: Alma Oñate

Ready to Bloom

May 19, 2020

Close to becoming a doctor, DACA recipient’s career threatened.

Graduating Harvard Medical School student Blanca Morales Temich came to the U.S. nearly 30 years ago with her parents, who are undocumented immigrants.


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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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.

2020 Apr 05


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



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)


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.

2020 Mar 24

Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative Symposium

8:00am to 6:00pm


The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Second Floor 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115
Harvard Medical School (HMS)'s Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Health Equity Initiative is a 3-year effort to enhance the ability of HMS graduates to provide evidence-based care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual and gender minority (LGBTQIA+) patients by integrating SGM health content across the curriculum.
We invite all HMS faculty who provide education -- especially course directors and...
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Chidiebere Akusobi

Nigerian immigrant dreams of finding cures for infectious diseases

May 25, 2016

The 25-year old studied ecology and evolutionary biology as an undergraduate at Yale, then earned his master's in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Now he's three years into a joint PhD/MD program researching cures for infectious diseases at Harvard and MIT.

But if you ask him, he'll tell you that the biggest academic hurdle he ever had to overcome was in the fifth grade.


Back and Forth - New Student Returns to Harvard

August 18, 2016
Three hours into the hot, muggy summer of Boston and Cambridge and Gabi is still smiling. We’ve been outside the entire time, battling humidity, some wind, sun, a little rain, and of course, tourists. Despite this exercise in patience Gabi’s disposition remains upbeat, cheerful, yet focused. In many ways, this familiar pattern is how Gabi navigated Harvard, first as an undergraduate and now as a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School.