3.10 Educational Computing and MyCourses

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3.10 Educational Computing and MyCourses

Computer technology plays a critical role in the medical education program. Through the MyCourses web portal, students are provided with a rich array of educational materials and course information.


MyCourses, the School's educational web portal, provides a single access point to all educational materials used in the New Pathway and HST preclerkship curricula, including class schedules, handouts, syllabi, discussion forums, exams, lecture videos, slide images, and other resources that support the learning of medicine. In addition, many of the resources available through MyCourses are also available in a format accessible by portable, hand-held devices.

HMS Student Network

More than 150 public personal computers linked to the student educational network are available throughout the Tosteson Medical Education Center. In addition, all tutorial rooms in the TMEC are equipped with computers and large screen display technology, allowing learning resources that support case-discussion to be accessed during tutorial sessions. These computers, which are reserved for students in the MD, PhD, and DMD programs, provide access to a wide array of electronic resources, including the following:

Medical Education Programs

Literature searching: Countway Digital Library

Internet accessibility

Electronic mail

Word processing



FREIDA (residency program database)

Mobile Resources: MyCourses>Applications>Mobile Resources

Mobile Device Requirement – See Section 7.07

Location of Public Computers

Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)

Skills Areas on TMEC 1, 2 and 3

Academic Societies

techLAB (TMEC Room 225)

TMEC Atrium

Countway Library

Vanderbilt Halls (Room 302B)

HST Medical Education Computer Lab (MIT, building E25)

Computing Assistance

An IT Service Desk is available Monday through Friday (8am – 5pm) in the techLAB (TMEC 225) to help students make the best use of the School's technical resources. In addition, Student Computing Assistants are available on weekends from 10am – 2pm.

Computing in the Hospitals

HMS students have access to many hospital-based educational and clinical computing systems during their clinical rotations.

Literature Searching

The Countway Library of Medicine (Section 3.16) provides extensive digital resources (journals, books, databases) and powerful electronic searching tools that are indispensable to medical education. Please check their Website at www.countway.harvard.edu.

Electronic Mail

All students are assigned a personal Harvard e-mail account, which provides local and remote access to the School’s e-mail system.

Student Computing Ethics

As in all other areas of your academic life, the use of computing technology should be undertaken in a manner consistent with the high standards of professional conduct appropriate to the field of medicine. In addition, the internet and electronic mail may create additional challenges to health care professionals’ responsibility for ensuring patient confidentiality. To protect this fundamental patient right, you should avoid using this medium to transmit information containing patient names or other medical records data that may be used to identify individual patients. When you are doing clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals, your strict compliance with patient confidentiality rules and regulations is expected, and lapses are subject to disciplinary procedures.

Please see section 7.09 for guidance on the use of social media.

Getting Help

HMS computer issues or questions: 

For more information, visit the Student Computing web site at http://studentcomputing.med.harvard.edu/.



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