The Neighborhood

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The Neighborhood

Life in Boston

Established less than 10 years after the city was founded, the history of Harvard University is an integral part of the history of Boston itself, and Harvard Medical School’s Longwood location means that you will live and work in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Boston’s unique charm and character emerges from its central role in American history and the easy access it offers to a cosmopolitan abundance of personal, social, and professional opportunities.

With over 40 colleges in the area and an intellectual tradition that has resulted in the emergence of many of the nation’s most influential religious, philosophical, and political movements, Boston offers HMS students a wealth of academic resources.

And when you want to take a break from your books, you’ll be able to enjoy its rich tapestry of people, history, and entertainment—ranging from the harbor where the American Revolution witnessed some of its most famous moments to Boston’s renowned museums, exciting musical and sporting events, and cuisines from across the world.

To Do:

  • Explore over 100 years of Red Sox history with an inside look at Fenway Park, the nation’s oldest ballpark.
  • Shop for designer brands or acquire a new coiffure on lively Newbury Street.
  • Discover Boston’s rich reading culture with a tour of the distinguished Boston Public Library, the nation’s first public library—and then peruse the city’s numerous bookstores.
  • Stroll through Public Garden, a horticultural “museum” and the nation’s oldest botanical garden.
  • Cheer on the Celtics or the Bruins at The TD Banknorth Garden, and check out the Sports Museum of New England while you’re there.
  • Step back in time along Boston’s Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path connecting the city’s historic sights from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument, and with a stroll through the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
  • Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley or Beantown Trolley for a narrated journey that takes in over 100 interesting sights.
  • Delve into the legacy of our 35th president at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

HMS Residence Hall - Vanderbilt Hall

You can take advantage of the convenience of living on the HMS campus by booking a room in Vanderbilt Hall, a residence complex next to the Medical School. The hall provides a comfortable atmosphere in which to forge friendships with your classmates, study, and relax. You’ll find:

  • Rooms for approximately 320 men and women
  • A library and study lounges
  • An athletic center with full-size gym, tennis court, racquetball courts, squash courts, weight room, and exercise and locker rooms
  • Single rooms with connections for telephone and Web access
  • A darkroom, music rooms, and a computer lab

HMS Facilities

Extensive, in-depth medical facilities on a classical campus, the HMS research environment offers a substantial range of well-equipped facilities for teaching and research, among them:

Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)

  • Houses most HMS classrooms and the five Academic Societies
  • Fitted for digital and audiovisual technologies n Case Method Room—interactive tiered classroom seating 80 students
  • Student Computing Center
  • Nine clinical examination rooms and clinical skills lab

Francis A. Countway Library

  • One of the largest collections of biomedical books in the U.S. and a world-renowned historical collection
  • The Countway Digital Library provides access to 149 databases for online services, over 10,000 electronic journals, and 1,114 electronic textbooks
  • Study areas with network access
  • Volumes: 695,749 - Monographs: 213,328 - Journal Volumes: 482,421 - Rare books: 212,083

New Research Building

  •  A state of the art integrated biomedical research center
  •  The primary work site of more than 800 researchers and hundreds of graduate students, lab assistants and other employees.
  •  Home of the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
  •  Houses the Department of Genetics as well the Harvard Institutes of Medicine




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To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.


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