Human Connection

First-year students hear and learn from patients

 The Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Class of 2025 gathered for their first clinical experience under the big tent on the Quad on Tuesday, Aug. 3. During the class-wide patient clinic, students were introduced to two patients and their physicians to get their first look into the doctor-patient relationship. Read related story.

This was the first opportunity to see in-depth the relationship and how a doctor can empower a patient.

—HSDM student Michael Friedman

To see the relationship that Dr. Simmons had with her patient—the conversation and ease in their communication. That’s really important to me, and what I want to have with my future patients is to have that easy rapport where you can get through difficult times.

—HMS student Naeema Hopkins-Kotb