3.04 The Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

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3.04 The Office of Student Affairs (OSA)

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is a resource to promote the individual and professional growth and development of HMS students. The Dean for Students works with students across all years and all societies on issues relevant to the study body, from education to student life to career planning, and helps to develop solutions to issues and concerns that arise. The Dean for Students works closely with the Dean for Medical Education and Society Advisory Dean/Directors and Associate Directors to ensure that the needs of students are met and that relevant policies are developed or clarified as needed.

OSA services as a hub for career advising. Its mission is to assure that students have the necessary information and resources to successfully explore career and specialty options throughout their tenure at HMS; to identify mentors; and to navigate through systems and programs, including residency application and processes, relevant to their educational goals and career choices. OSA works with the Academic Societies and others in the Program in Medical Education (PME) in developing and organizing class meetings, resources and events to meet these goals.

OSA oversees Student Council and its 50+ affiliated student groups. The Assistant Director of Student Affairs provides administrative and organizational support to the Student Council and its groups. Students planning major events and meetings must contact OSA for guidance and assistance.

The OSA is the liaison for students to services, administrative offices, and information throughout the PME, the Medical School, the University and national communities and is a resource on issues that pertain to the student body. The Dean for Students 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 and on 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.


Last updated on 3/7/16