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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.

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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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.

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