Student Affairs

2021 Apr 05

Fabric 2021: Njikota



Virtual by invitation

Fabric is an annual event put on by the first-year HMS/HSDM class during Revisit Weekend for incoming students. It originally began as a cultural showcase to celebrate the African diaspora and highlight the experiences of black students. Over time it has evolved into a school-wide-event in which everyone is invited to share a piece of themselves and come together to embrace the diversity of our community.


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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.
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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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."

2021 May 27

HMS Class Day

2:00pm to 4:00pm


Details pending
William Augustus Hinton. Image: Stephen Coit

Winds of Change

September 23, 2020
Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley has approved a recommendation from a Faculty Council Subcommittee on Artwork and Cultural Representations task force to rename the Oliver Wendell Holmes academic society in honor of the late William Augustus Hinton, MD 1912, an HMS clinical professor of bacteriology and immunology. Read the full article by M.R.F. BuckleyRead more about Winds of Change
students on a Zoom meeting

Like No Other

August 6, 2020

“Your journey here begins in extraordinary times,” said Dean George Q. Daley, acknowledging the uncertainty, and even anxiety, that this year’s incoming Harvard medical and dental students may be feeling as they begin their studies remotely this month, in the midst of a global pandemic.

Daley’s remarks came during the dean’s welcoming address to members of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2024 on Aug. 3. Gathering via teleconference, they were joined by fellow classmates located all around the...

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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.


HMS graduating MD students Parisa Fallah and Gavin Ovsak sit together in wedding attire looking at a laptop computer. Image: Khin-Kyemon Aung

Real Vows, Virtual Wedding

May 13, 2020

Graduating HMS students hold marriage ceremony in midst of COVID-19 pandemic.

It was an April wedding unlike anything they had ever imagined. 

Given the dangerous pandemic threatening the world right now, Parisa Fallah and Gavin Ovsak wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Hassaan and Senan Ebrahim standing side-by-side arms crossed. Image: Hikma Health

Building Software to Screen for Covid-19 Symptoms in Refugee Camps

May 4, 2020
Brothers Hassaan Ebrahim, a student at Harvard Kennedy School, and Senan, a third-year Harvard Medical School student, founded Hikma Health, a nonprofit that builds software for organizations providing health care to refugee populations. ⠀

“Our family is Syrian — our mother immigrated to the U.S. back in the ’70s to go to MIT. The Syrian refugee crisis was very personal for us,” says Hassaan.⠀

Hikma Health’s new software allows patients to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms in refugee camps. Keeping in mind that health care workers using this solution would be in areas with low... Read more about Building Software to Screen for Covid-19 Symptoms in Refugee Camps
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.