Click through our photo tour for an inside look at HMS student and campus life.
- HMS Quad
The Quad is the hub of the HMS campus. Stretching 400 ft, the Quad lawn is an integral part of everyday life at HMS. Each May, the Quad is the venue for “Class Day” (graduation), when students don their hoods and become physicians. Abutting the lawn are the education, administration and research buildings. Photo by Liza Green.
- HMS Quad
The Quad lawn is where students, faculty and staff relax for lunch, to study, or to attend a summer concert. HMS, established in 1782, began with a handful of students and a faculty of three. In 1906, the Medical School moved to Longwood Avenue, where the five original marble-faced buildings of the quadrangle continue to house a vibrant community that has grown to provide leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease worldwide. Photo by Jason Jones.
- Gordon Hall
Set at the head of the Quad, Gordon Hall houses many of the School’s administrative offices, including the offices of the deans, admissions, financial aid and the registrar. Photo by John McKeith.
- Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)
The Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC) is named for former HMS Dean Daniel C. Tosteson for his many contributions to medical education. TMEC is designed for problem-based learning and is where most required courses in the first two years of the MD program take place. TMEC is the principal education building on campus and includes an amphitheater, laboratory/skills areas, classrooms and tutorial rooms. A new clinical skills center will open in TMEC in fall 2013. Photo by HMS Medical Education.
- TMEC Atrium
Surrounding the Atrium are the five academic societies for MD students. The societies serve as the organizational framework for each student’s experience in general medical education at HMS. Each society has a master and associate masters, who serve as mentors to students as they progress through the MD curriculum. Photo by Josh Touster.
- TMEC Atrium
The Atrium in TMEC provides a beautiful gathering space for students for grabbing lunch at the adjacent café, hosting social or extracurricular events, holding a student research fair, or presenting a student performance. Photo by Steve Lipofsky.
- Walter Bradford Cannon Society
Students from the Cannon Society participating in orientation during their first year in medical school. Photo by Steve Lipofsky.
- William Bosworth Castle Society
First-year Castle Society students receiving their white coats as they begin their education at HMS. Photo by Steve Lipofsky.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes Society
Holmes Society namesake Oliver Wendell Holmes wears a lei on a particularly hot day on campus. Photo by Jake Miller.
- Irving M. London Society
The London Society is made up of students from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) and is named after HST’s first director, Irving M. London. This HST classroom includes student murals of great teachers and HST activities. Photo by HMS Medical Education.
- Francis Weld Peabody Society
Peabody Master Ronald Arky mentors a Peabody Society student in the TMEC atrium. Photo by Josh Touster.
- TMEC – Smart Classroom
New “smart classrooms” in TMEC facilitate team-based learning and “just-in-time” teaching approaches. Features include interactive whiteboards, high-resolution flat screens, patient simulation technology, a simulated clinical exam room and video and teleconferencing capabilities. The classrooms support group interactive teaching, peer teaching observation, teaching and evaluation of clinical skills and simulation of clinical situations and pathophysiological processes. Photo by Steve Lipofsky.
- TMEC – Clinical Skills Center
A new multifunctional clinical skills center will open in fall 2013. Located on the first floor of TMEC, the 7,500-square-foot facility will feature 18 clinical exam rooms for clinical skills instruction & for objective structured clinical examinations—multistation evaluations that incorporate standardized patient actors, radiologic images and other clinically relevant materials. Video capabilities will allow faculty and students to review student-patient interactions, & movable walls accommodate larger groups in simulation exercises.
- Countway Library
The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the largest medical libraries in the world and provides students with a health sciences library, an advanced biomedical informatics center, extensive contemporary collections and extraordinary rare books and special materials. The library also houses one of the world’s leading medical history collections, the Center for the History of Medicine and the Warren Anatomical Museum. Photo by Len Rubenstein.
- Vanderbilt Hall
Vanderbilt Hall, affectionately known as “Vandy,” is the residence hall for HMS students and Harvard School of Dental Medicine students. It also houses students from the Division of Medical Sciences and the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as visiting students and scholars from all over the nation and the world. It offers several amenities, including an interior courtyard with a tennis court, lounges and kitchens exclusively for student use, prayer rooms, a music room, health services and athletic facilities.
- Vanderbilt Hall – Joseph B. Martin Lounge
The Joseph B. Martin Lounge was created in 2005 to provide a place for students to mix, mingle and share ideas. Equipped with a large flat-screen TV, audio equipment, couches and plush high-backed chairs, the space has retained its rich architectural character while accommodating several meeting spaces. A fireplace, a bar and window seats take advantage of the deep window openings along Longwood Ave. Photo provided by HMS Facilities.
- Vanderbilt Hall – Joseph B. Martin Lounge
Music enthusiasts enjoy playing the Steinway baby grand piano in the Joseph B. Martin Lounge or practicing in one of the two music rooms on the lower level. Students often use the space for social gatherings and performances. The facilities and amenities in Vanderbilt Hall are for the use of all students, although not all students choose to live in Vandy. Boston is a wonderful city and there are many options for living off-campus. Photo by M.R.F. Buckley.
- Vanderbilt Hall – The Deanery
Through the efforts of the HMS/HSDM student council and a generous contribution from the Aesculapian Club, the Deanery was completely renovated in 2006. The space serves as a lounge for student groups to gather for meetings, small potluck dinners and luncheons. There is a large plasma-screen TV with surround sound, a small kitchen and an adjacent patio area. Numerous tables and comfortable chairs provide a relaxed atmosphere. Photo provided by HMS Facilities.
- Vanderbilt Hall – Culver Lounge
The Culver Lounge was renovated in 2008, and features a flat-screen TV with home theater system, a pool table and wireless Internet access. Comfortable seating provides a relaxed atmosphere for group gatherings. Photo provided by HMS Facilities.
- Vanderbilt Hall – Student Kitchen
A kitchen in Vanderbilt Hall. Vandy is equipped with 14 student kitchens.
- Vanderbilt Hall – Student Dorm Room
Students residing in Vanderbilt Hall have access to a host of amenities, including student kitchens and lounges, on-site laundry and adjacent athletic and health service facilities. Access to the “T” (Boston’s public transit system) and HMS shuttle buses is right outside the front door of Vandy. A resident counselor in Vandy works with student resident advisors (RAs) to offer personal and professional development advice to students. Photo by Len Rubenstein.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – Tennis Court
The fully equipped athletic facility within the residence hall includes an outdoor regulation-size tennis court, an indoor basketball court, two singles squash courts, two weight rooms, a cardiovascular room, a climbing wall, a spinning studio, a group fitness room, showers and day lockers. Harvard students may use the athletic facility free of charge. The facility offers other programs, such as intramural basketball, indoor soccer, group fitness classes, volleyball and a free exercise consultation. Photo by HMS.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – Basketball Court
The indoor basketball court located in the Vanderbilt athletic facility is the perfect spot for an intramural game. Photo provided by HMS Medical Education.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – Weight Room
The athletic facility offers two weight rooms equipped with strength training equipment and free weights. Photo provided by HMS Facilities.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – Squash Court
Squash courts are available for reservation. Contact the athletic office up to five days in advance to schedule a game with a friend or colleague. Photo provided by HMS Facilities.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – SPIN Studio
Indoor cycling and upbeat, energizing music combine to create a fitness experience unlike traditional group fitness classes. Whether you are looking for a casual or an intense workout, you'll be sure to have a good time. Photo by Jake Miller.
- Vanderbilt Athletics – Bouldering Room
The bouldering wall, with color-coded climbing trails for all levels, provides a great workout for advanced and new climbers alike. Photo by Jake Miller.
- New Research Building
Situated in the Longwood Medical Area, the 525,000-square-foot New Research Building (NRB) is Harvard’s largest building. The breathtaking glass building houses 800 researchers in state-of-the-art labs, including the Department of Genetics and the Department of Microbiology & Immunobiology, and is home to the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, which hosts 470 events each year. Photo by Stu Rosner.
- New Research Building - Elements Café
Housed in the NRB, Elements Café offers lunch every weekday. With an assortment of high tables, booths and outdoor seating, Elements is a great place to meet fellow students or colleagues. The daily menu offers a rotating main course buffet station, salad and soup bar, deli with special and custom sandwiches and vegetarian and flatbread stations. Photo by Jason Jones.
- Harvard-Affiliated Hospitals
Harvard medical students learn clinical medicine at some of the world’s best hospitals, which have contributed not only to the excellent care of patients but also to important advances in the treatment of disease. Students spend the principal clinical year of medical school in core clerkships at one of the major hospitals affiliated with HMS. Photo provided by President and Fellows of Harvard College.
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is located in the Longwood Medical Area. Photo provided by BIDMC.
- Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)
Brigham and Women's Hospital is located in the Longwood Medical Area. Photo provided by BWH.
- Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) / Cambridge Hospital
Cambridge Hospital is located in Cambridge near Harvard Square. Photo provided by CHA.
- Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children's Hospital, located in the Longwood Medical Area, offers pediatric health care. Photo provided by BCH.
- Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Massachusetts General Hospital is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston along the Charles River. Photo provided by MGH.