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Coordinates: 42°20′09″N 71°06′18″W / 42.335743°N -71.105138°E / 42.335743; -71.105138

Harvard Medical School
Established 1782
Type Private
Endowment US$4.2 Billion [1]
Dean Jeffrey S. Flier
Faculty 10,884
Students 1,345
627 MD
141 MD-PhD
577 PhD
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban

Harvard Medical School (HMS) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. It is currently ranked first among American research medical schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Located in the Longwood Medical Area of the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, H.M.S. is home (as of Fall 2006) to 616 students in the M.D. program, 435 in the Ph.D. program, and 155 in the M.D.-Ph.D program.[1] HMS' M.D.-Ph.D program allows a student to receive an M.D. from HMS and a Ph.D from either Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (see Medical Scientist Training Program).

The school has a large and distinguished faculty to support its missions of education, research, and clinical care. These faculty hold appointments in the basic science departments on the HMS Quadrangle, and in the clinical departments located in multiple Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions in Boston. There are approximately 2,900 full- and part-time voting faculty members consisting of assistant, associate, and full professors, and over 5,000 full or part-time non-voting instructors.

Prospective students apply to one of two tracks to the M.D. degree. New Pathway, the larger of the two programs, emphasizes problem-based learning. HST, operated by the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, emphasizes medical research.

The current dean of the medical school is Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier, an endocrinologist and the former Chief Academic Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who succeeded neurologist Joseph B. Martin, M.D., Ph.D on July 1, 2008.



Harvard Medical School quadrangle, view from Longwood Avenue.

The school is the third oldest medical school in the U.S. and was founded by Dr. John Warren on September 19, 1782 with Benjamin Waterhouse, and Aaron Dexter. The first lectures were given in the basement of Harvard Hall and then in Holden Chapel. The first class, composed of two students, graduated in 1788.

It moved from Cambridge to 49 Marlborough Street in Boston in 1810. From 1816 to 1846, the school, known as Massachusetts Medical College of Harvard University, was located on Mason Street. In 1847, the school relocated to North Grove Street, and then to Copley Square in 1883. The medical school moved to its current location on Longwood Avenue in 1906, where the "Great White Quadrangle" with its five white marble buildings was established.[2][3] The architect for the campus was the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge.

The Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research launched in 2004 through a joint effort by Partners Harvard Medical International and Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), HMSDC is part of the Government of Dubai’s mission to develop DHCC into a center of excellence for health care delivery, medical education, and research.[4]

The three major flagship teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Teaching affiliates

Student life


Second Year Show

Every winter, second year students at HMS write, direct and perform a full length musical parody, lampooning Harvard, their professors, and themselves. 2007 was the Centennial performance as the Class of 2009 presented "Joseph Martin and the Amazing Technicolor White Coat"[5] to sellout crowds at Roxbury Community College on February 22, 23 and 24.[6]


Upon matriculation, medical and dental students at Harvard Medical School are divided into five societies named after famous HMS alumni. Each society has a master along with several associate society masters who serve as academic advisors to students [7]. In the New Pathway program, students work in small group tutorials and lab sessions within their societies. Every year, the five societies compete in "Society Olympics" for the famed Pink Flamingo in a series of events (e.g. dance-off, dodgeball, limbo contest) that test the unorthodox talents of the students in each society. HST currently possesses the Pink Flamingo,[8] having won it four years in a row.

In fiction

In Samuel Shem's book, The House of God, the medical school and its students are referred to as BMS (Best Medical School/Students). The novel is set in the famed Beth Israel Deaconess hospital in Boston where the author spent his internship year.

In Erich Segal's book, Doctors, the main plot is set in Harvard Medical School (HMS) where the main characters attend.

In the movie 21, Ben Campbell's goal is to attend Harvard Medical School (HMS) with proper funding.

In ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Dr Lexie Grey Graduated from Harvard Medical School before being accepted in Seattle Grace's Intern Program.

Notable alumni

Fictional alumni

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