3.04 The Office of Student Affairs (OSA)
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) serves as a centralized resource in promoting the individual and professional growth and development of HMS students. The Dean for Students works with students across all years and all societies to explore ways to enhance or address aspects of the entire student experience, from education to student life to career planning, and to develop solutions to issues and concerns. The Dean for Students works closely with the Society Masters and Associate Masters to ensure that the needs of students are met and that relevant policies are developed or clarified as needed.
OSA develops and organizes class meetings and events throughout the tenure of students at HMS. OSA is a liaison for students to services, administrative offices, and information throughout the Program in Medical Education, the Medical School, and the larger university and national communities, and is a resource to the School and larger community on issues that pertain to the student body.
OSA oversees Student Council and its nearly 50 affiliated student groups. The Assistant Director of Student Affairs provides administrative and organizational support to the Student Council and its groups and oversees the production of several informational materials, including the Pocket Guide to the Wards. Students planning major events and meetings must contact OSA for guidance and assistance.
OSA serves as the center for career advising resources and oversees the residency application and match process (http://www.nrmp.org), including the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for all graduating students. OSA also takes the lead in planning many major class-wide events, including Orientation, Match Day, and Class Day (Commencement).
The Dean for Students chairs the Council on Student Affairs (CSA), is the Co-Chair of the University-wide Council of Deans of Students, a forum for collaboration and discussion across Harvard’s schools, and serves on the Longwood Emergency Management Team, as well as several Medical School and University-wide committees pertaining to student policies and welfare.
Much of the work of OSA is inspired by student ideas. Students should feel free to set up an appointment to brainstorm with the Dean for Students about ideas and projects and general issues of class-wide importance or concerns.
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