Harvard Medical School

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Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School (HMS) is the graduate medical school of Harvard University. It is located in the Longwood Medical Area of the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.


Harvard Medical School: /ˈhɑːrvərd ˈmɛdɪkəl skuːl/


The name "Harvard" comes from the college's first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown. Upon his death in 1638, he left his library and half his estate to the institution established in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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Harvard Medical School is considered one of the premier medical schools in the United States and worldwide. It is consistently ranked first in research by the U.S. News & World Report. The school offers a large full-time faculty, a strong curriculum, and outstanding health care at multiple teaching hospitals.


Harvard Medical School was established in 1782, making it one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. The school has a rich history of pioneering medical education and is known for its rigorous curriculum and its commitment to training the next generation of healthcare leaders.


The school offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, various joint degree programs, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education. It also offers PhD programs through the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Health Policy, and the Harvard/MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology.


Harvard Medical School is known for its strong emphasis on research. The school is affiliated with several teaching hospitals and research institutes, where students have the opportunity to conduct research in a wide range of areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and global health.

Notable Alumni

Many notable physicians and scientists have graduated from Harvard Medical School, including Francis A. Countway, George Minot, and Baruj Benacerraf, all of whom have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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