Information for Prospective Mentors

Medical Education

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The Scholarly Requirement

Beginning with the 2011-12 entering class, Harvard Medical School requires its students to engage in extended scholarship (typically 4-12 months sometime during their four years of medical school). Known as the Scholars in Medicine Program (SIM), this initiative will provide students with a mentored experience of scholarship and the training to accomplish it.

Students have always sought mentors for summer and part-time projects (whether paid or volunteer). Going forward students will also seek mentors for projects with sufficient depth and complexity to meet the scholarly requirement.

Faculty are invited to provide students with opportunities for scholarship through the Scholars in Medicine Office (SMO) Opportunities Database. Go to

To learn more about the HMS Scholarly Project requirement and your role as mentor in this process, go to



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