The Harvard school of medicine is a part of Harvard University. It is one of the most widely recognized medical schools worldwide and is located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is also the third oldest medical school in USA history and was founded in 1782 by Dr. John Warren, Benjamin Waterhouse and Aaron Dexter.
The medical school has more than 10,000 members of faculty to support its missions of education, research and excellent clinical care. The faculty members who belong to the basic science departments work on the HMS Quadrangle while the clinical faculty members and their respective departments are located in several hospitals that are affiliated with Harvard. The three main teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School are; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In the Fall of 2008, there were 5,139 applicants for the MD program out of which 165 were accepted.
Students that enter HMS are offered one of two available tracks to become a medical doctor (M.D.). The New pathway, which is a larger program and the other program; HST which places more emphasis on medical research.
All students that enter the Harvard medical school are made members of one of five academic societies. These academic societies form the organizational framework for each student as they are put through the rigours of medical education. Each Society is supervised by its own faculty members and has its own offices, classroom, tutorial rooms, meeting rooms and labs.
Students in the New Pathway program are assigned by lot to one of the four societies; Walter Bradford Cannon Society, William Bosworth Castle Society, Francis Weld Peabody Society, or the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society. Students that are part of the HST program become members of the Irving M. London Society of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
Students begin by developing a foundation in medicine using a variety of curriculum modes such as problem based learning and interactive classroom sessions. These are all part of the preclinical years. The electives that come afterwards consist of clinical experiences in patient care and treatment in one of the institutions. The school also offers students opportunities for research and collaboration on research projects, even offering an extra year of study to complete one’s research.
HMS has been home to many top international medical researchers, with access to some of the most advanced research facilities in medicine and an institution that has a total research funding exceeding $2 billion. It has aslo produced several Nobel Laureates.
HMS has been ranked the country’s top medical school in research by U.S. News & World Report ‘s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 13 years consecutively.