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HMS staff, faculty and students are invited to attend these lunch-time talks, which are designed to appeal to everyone. Please note that videos from the talks are located on eCommons so you will need to log in with your HUID and password.

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Monday, April 14

The Physician as Writer

Poetry, news articles and blogging all provide windows into a day in the life of today’s physician. At this Talk@12, you will have the opportunity to hear from two members of the HMS faculty who reflect, through writing, on their experiences as physicians, one a poet and the other a journalist. Please join us as we learn what drives them to share what it means to be a physician through the art of storytelling. They will also share their favorite work.


Russell Phillips
Director, HMS Center for Primary Care
William Applebaum Professor of Medicine
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine


Suzanne Koven
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Rafael Campo
Associate Professor of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Monday, April 7

Medical Marijuana: What are the facts?

Please join us as we examine the facts and explore perspectives related to the legalization of medical marijuana. As more states — including Massachusetts — legalize the use of medical marijuana and grant dispensary licenses, many questions have been raised about how marijuana can be used to treat patients. Faculty experts will discuss their views and take questions on the history of medical marijuana and where we are today.


Vasudev Mandyam
Instructor in Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Lester Grinspoon
Associate Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus

Kevin Hill
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
McLean Hospital

Tuesday, November 5

A Little Thanks Go a Long Way

The Season of Giving officially launches with this special Talk@12 hosted by the Harvard Longwood Campus (HSPH, HSDM and HMS).

What makes us feel grateful? In this talk, Francesca Gino will discuss the science behind the powerful effects of gratitude.

Francesca Gino, PhD
Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, Harvard Business School

This noontime lecture will be followed by an opportunity to express appreciation to a co-worker, manager or an employee you manage by participating in a thank-you card writing event in the Courtyard Café, as well as other locations at the Landmark Center and the New England Primate Research Center, and at HSDM and HSPH. Please find comprehensive event details, including the locations of all thank-you card stations, on the Season of Giving website:








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