Student Advising

Personal, Academic & Career Advising

Offices Supporting Students

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is available to address any academic or personal issue that may arise, no matter how big or small it may seem. Feel free to walk in any time.

Academic Societies

All students are assigned to an Academic Society and provided with an advisor that will follow them longitudinally throughout their time at Harvard Medical School. London Society will provide additional advising related to HST-specific issues as well as research. Your Society advisor can assist you in finding mentors to explore a field you might be interested in exploring.

Learning Resources & Support

Topic-Based Info

IMPORTANT NOTE: The links below are for current students to access specific information. ECommons ID and password authentication is needed to access the linked content. Students can contact the Office of Student Affairs, if they do not have access after logging in

Research Advising

All Societies also have research advisors to help with scholarly projects. They are available to help find a research mentor and to lead you through the process from proposal to completion of your research project.

Career Advising

Career advising begins for students during their first week of medical school and continues throughout their tenure at HMS. Career advising programs are built into every stage of the curriculum—preclerkship, clerkship/Principal Clinical Experience (PCE), and post-PCE—to help launch students into residency.

Specialty Advising

Specialty advisors are available to assist you in the residency application process. There are two types of advisors. The first group has been recommended by the chief of the department; we are in the process of obtaining this type of advisor for all specialties. The second groups consists of faculty who have been helpful to students in the past.

Alumni Advising

HMS alumni are available to mentor students. If you are looking for a mentor who can advise on your particular interests please contact the Alumni Advising Volunteer Coordinator

Pathways to Residency 

This online resource includes timelines and information on preparing your application, interviewing, match/program data, specialty advising, and class meetings.