Student Support

Student Services for Medical Students

Student services are provided by the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, the Scholars in Medicine Office, the Office of Learning Resources and Support, the Office of Disability Services and the five Academic Societies. HMS faculty and staff in these offices work together to foster the individual and professional growth and development of HMS medical students.

Detailed information on academic resources for MD students may be found in the Student Handbook.


Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Office, established in 1991, provides students with highly confidential independent assistance in managing or resolving issues affecting their work or academics. Read more.


Education Computing offers support for learning and information systems (CANVAS & OASIS) portal and as an information hub for technology and tools used in support of classroom, online, and in-hospital education.

IT Service Desk located in TMCE 225 with the student computer lab and printing services, the IT Service Desk can also be reached by email and phone. After hours support is also available.

IT Student Orientation for incoming registered students.

Student Device Requirements provide info on mobile and laptop requirements, emergency notification system, student computing ethics, and facility use.

Student email 

Electronic communication & social media

Places to Study

The Student Study & Collaboration Center is on the TMEC second floor just off the atrium in Suite 229. The 4,700 square-foot center features an electric fireplace and comfortable modern furniture in a living room setting, along with study carrels, group study rooms and windows that will look out across the Seeley G. Mudd courtyard. It is open to all students enrolled in HMS/HSDM programs, including MD, masters, dental and PhD students. Nearby, an upgraded vending area provides microwaves, snacks and coffee machines for late-night study sessions. 

Favorite individual study spots include at home, in the Computer Resource Center, out at coffee shops. Opportunities for group studies exist around the medical school including Countway Library, unused classrooms or tutorial rooms  and the Harold Amos Student Lounge (442) in TMEC. If you would like to take a break from HMS, other popular places to study include the Harvard Law and Business School libraries. Group study can be useful before exams, for moral support as well as review and when topics are conducive to discussion.

Tip: Students can make day-of reservations for a TMEC Tutorial Room for personal or group study through Room Scheduling.

Student IDs

Photo ID badges are required for entrance into the Harvard Longwood Campus buildings. Photo ID pictures are taken daily from 10am - 2pm in the ID Office located in the Kresge Building, Harvard School of Public Health, Room 119. Written authorization is required from the Registrar before an ID will be issued to students. Photo ID badges, which are to be displayed visibly at all times while students, faculty, and staff are on Harvard property, entitle you to free shuttle bus rides to and from Cambridge, as well as the free taxi escort service. Call 617-432-1379 if you have any questions. Read more.

Student Lockers

Lockers in the TMEC are assigned by staff during orientation. For assistance with mechanical issues, contact Mark Coyle.