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Applying to HMS
While the students admitted to HMS reflect an extraordinary diversity of accomplishments, talents, interests, and backgrounds, they also share many things in common.
They are self-motivated, visionary in their ambition, and compassionate in their approach to the art of healing.
In addition to demonstrated academic excellence, these are the qualities HMS seeks in its students. Our Committee on Admissions evaluates applications based on a variety of criteria that range from your academic records and MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores to your extracurricular activities, research, and community-service experiences in the field of health care. And while we expect you to demonstrate an aptitude for the biological and physical sciences, our ideal candidates are those with well-balanced academic backgrounds that include the humanities and social sciences.
In order to ensure that the leading health care professionals of tomorrow reflect the same diversity as the patients they serve, HMS is dedicated to enrolling talented students from a multitude of ethnic and economic backgrounds, especially from communities that have been historically underrepresented in the medical profession.
A Harvard doctor is someone for whom the pursuit of excellence—both professional and personal—is a way of life. If this describes you, we encourage you to apply to Harvard Medical School today.
M.D. Programs at Harvard Medical School
New Pathway M.D. Program:
A tutorial environment defines the New Pathway M.D. Progam. For the first three and one-half semesters you’ll learn in small group discussions analyzing patient cases to master fundamental medical concepts. Classmates become colleagues and teach each other. The New Pathway curriculum encourages taking responsibility for your own learning— your time in the library searching for answers is as important as your time studying biomedical sciences and medical procedures through the laboratories, conferences, and lectures that augment your tutorials.
Health Sciences and Technology (HST) M.D. Program:
Combining the extensive resources of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) M.D. Program will prepare you for interdisciplinary research careers in academic medicine. Through a rigorous and quantitative curriculum, you’ll focus on biological, chemical, physical, and engineering sciences and collaborate with Harvard and MIT faculty on substantive, groundbreaking research. You can take courses at both Harvard Medical School and MIT, and will be part of a select group — only 30 students per year are admitted into HST.
Dear Prospective Applicant,
Harvard Medical School is dedicated to attaining the highest achievements in the world of medicine today and preparing for the exciting world of medicine in the future. These goals involve educating new physicians and scientists, conducting research in the sciences that form the foundation of medicine, and translating medical knowledge and the art of healing into the best possible care for patients. All of this effort depends on a steady entry of dedicated and talented people who share these goals. If you want to bring the insights of science to the benefit of fellow human beings, there has never been a better time than now to be in medicine. And if you are in medicine, there is no better place for it than the Boston community of doctors, hospitals, and schools. We are delighted that you are interested in Harvard, and we look forward to receiving your completed application.
Jules L. Dienstag, MD
Dean for Medical Education
Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine
Who Will The
Next Class Be?
Harvard Medical School opened its doors
in 1782 with three students. Today, the School encompasses nearly 12,000 faculty members, some 1,700 students, and thousands of research and clinical trainees. In 2012, incoming students hailed from 10 countries, 29 states and the District of Columbia. Women constituted 52 percent, and underrepresented minorities 21 percent, of the Class of 2016.