Student Affairs

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.

Longwood Chorus members rehearsing. Image: Julia Zhogina

Music as Medicine

February 26, 2020

Longwood Chorus members combat burnout, create community through song.

On various Tuesday evenings, the student lounge in Vanderbilt Hall transforms from a place of study to a creative sanctuary.  It fills with the harmonizing voices of students, faculty, physicians and researchers from the Longwood Medical area who carve a few hours out of their hectic schedules each week to come together and sing.


The Power of Hope

November 5, 2019

Fifty years after Harvard Medical School launched an historic initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in its student body, the community gathered to celebrate progress, take stock of remaining challenges, and plan the way forward toward an even more diverse and inclusive community.

The event held on October 28 marked the anniversary of the year that HMS moved to establish a program to recruit 15 African American students.

Making History

May 16, 2019

Fifty years ago, when Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry and faculty associate dean for student affairs, first arrived at Harvard Medical School, he was a relatively young man. But he had already lived more than a few lifetimes and fought more than a few battles.

A Cornell-educated physician, Poussaint had marched from Selma to Montgomery just four years before in a demonstration that became one of the nation’s pivotal civil rights protests. 


A Defining Moment of Care Delivery

November 13, 2018

“Est-ce qu’elle respire? (Is she breathing?)”

“Est-ce qu’elle pleure?” (Is she crying?)

My patient asked a barrage of questions as she tried to peer past the medical teams grouped around her newborn daughter.

Several members of the neonatal and pediatric cardiac ICU teams surrounded her baby, who was not crying or breathing. Soon, there was a burst of activity as they all promptly began resuscitative efforts.


The right job, the right place

March 15, 2019
For Mark Yost, the answer meant he was going home. When the clock struck noon this third Friday of March, 167 Harvard Medical School (HMS) students — 163 clinical and 4 non-clinical — learned where they will spend the next three to seven years of their training, and the specialty in which they’ll work.
Visitors viewing the Chen paintings in dean's office. Images: Bethany Versoy

Personal Reflections

March 4, 2019

“I’ve been creating art since childhood. Really, I just always found it to be exciting,” said Pamela Chen.

A third-year Harvard Medical School student, Chen currently has two paintings on display in the Gordon Hall offices of HMS Dean George Q. Daley, an honor that took her completely by surprise.

“Our students are always inspiring us with their many talents and it’s beautiful to be able to showcase Pamela’s artistic side right in the office of the HMS dean,” said Ed Hundert, HMS dean for medical education and the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of...

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Fall Festivities

November 7, 2019

It may be easy to forget that Harvard Medical School, wedged between towering hospital complexes and concrete and glass research facilities, is part of a vibrant neighborhood community. 

This year, HMS first-year medical students reached out to the School’s Mission Hill neighbors by hosting a Fall Fest party for students from the Mission Hill Grammar School on nearby St. Alphonsus Street.

HMS student council members, led by new student body president Lash Nolen, hosted the event, which provided an opportunity for medical students to connect and establish...

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Jon Hochstein

Donating Life

December 5, 2019

It can be difficult to decide on a career path in high school or even college, let alone when you are a child, but Harvard Medical School student Jon Hochstein said it was an experience he had at a young age that influenced what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

A second-year student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program at HMS, Hochstein was given a second chance at life following heart transplant surgery he had when he was 4 years old. Twenty years later, he wants to share his story to help others understand the importance of organ...

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The Journey Begins

August 7, 2019

For many of them, the act of donning their white coats for the very first time could only be described as nearly indescribable. 

“It feels unreal. I mean, I never would have imagined myself here as a kid. Now, we’re about to meet a patient. It’s really a miracle,” said King Fok, an entering Class of 2023 Harvard Medical School student who was born in Hong Kong and raised in Oregon.

From left: Ahmed Ahmed, Sana Batool and Natalie Guo

HMS Students Awarded 2019 Soros Fellowships for New Americans

May 2, 2019

A Harvard Medical School student and two admitted HMS students are among 30 recipients of 2019 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a graduate school program for immigrants and children of immigrants.

Selected from an applicant pool of 1,767 for their potential to make significant contributions to United States society, culture or their academic fields, each recipient will receive up to $90,000 in funding for the graduate program of their choice.


A Show of Welcome

April 18, 2019

The annual FABRIC production by Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine first-year students invites newly admitted students to join the community at the two schools.

This year’s theme, “Aje,” extends that invitation literally. "Aje" is Swahili for “Let them come,” said Bezaye Teshome, Castle Society student and FABRIC 2019 co-executive producer.

Student Life

October 21, 2019
Troy Ameen has set his sights on becoming a surgical administrator, a profession he thinks will well prepare him to one day run an urban hospital. In such a position, this rising fourth-year medical student and first-year MBA candidate says he would effect change both small and large: improving how operating rooms function, and “instituting changes from an administrative perspective” that would address socioeconomic inequalities. All with the goal of changing how health care is delivered.