HPS matches students with doctors of various specialties in the Cambridge, Boston, and Longwood Areas to develop long-lasting relationships to provide students with the clinical exposure necessary for a proper assessment of medicine as a potential career option. Students meet with their mentors on a bimonthly basis and/or shadow their mentor for one day during the semester to observe what the everyday experience of being a doctor is like. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the physicians' fields of interest and to discover what paths their mentors took to get to where they are today.
PPP provides a strong advising network for freshmen students interested in medical careers and to facilitate mentoring experiences with Harvard upperclassmen before students enter the House advising system. Advisees will gain incredible insight about course selection, choosing a concentration, research and clinical opportunities, MCAT preparation, and much more. The PPP also gives upperclassmen a valuable opportunity to share their practical wisdom on what it means to be premed at Harvard and to serve as an integral pre-medical resource for freshman students.
Students in the Surgery Interest Group interact closely with the Massachusetts General Hospital Surgery Department to explore potential professions in surgery. Students gain insight into the daily routine of a surgeon through operation room observation, surgical simulations, suturing workshops, and panels with current residents. Members can also attend surgery grand rounds at MGH, and may have the opportunity to pursue valuable clinical research experience with MGH resident research fellows.
The Health Policy Committee brings together students of various backgrounds to discuss and debate rotating health policy concerns, from ongoing issues such as Obamacare to current events updates. The group seeks to better inform students about different aspects of health policy, including helping members understand different international healthcare systems. The group coordinates lectures with health policy professions, and coordinates with other health policy groups on campus.
The Dental Interest Group exposes students to an alternative career in medicine which combines science with artistry: dentistry. The group explores the differences and similarities between dental and medical school and seeks to inform students of the career possibilities in dentistry, from entrepreneurship in private practices to cutting-edge research in prevention and treatment in the field. Students may visit local private practices, dental research facilities, and dental schools and talk to current dental students and practicing dentists to learn more about the limitless career possibilities in this medical field.
An accelerator based at Harvard, Medhub develops student startup teams in the digital health, medical ventures, and biotechnology space. During the fall of 2016, we will launch an accelerator program in addition to networking events and workshops on Harvard's campus. From mobile development and hardware testing to legal consultations, the Medhub accelerator provides student teams with the crucial catalyst they need to innovate in the biotechnology and digital health space. Read about our program and applications here.
Prescriptions is a semesterly publication that serves as an intersection between the arts and medicine. The publication showcases student reflections on health, medicine, and insight into life as an aspiring doctor. Here, students design, write, and create distinctive pieces while sharing their own thoughts, ideas, and experiences—some relatable, each unique, and all reflective. Ultimately, Prescriptions not only aims to inspire and excite, but also strives to facilitate dialogue to create and nurture a wonderful community.
Freshman Representatives serve as liaisons to the Class of 2020. They plan events geared toward freshmen and those exploring life as a premedical student and assist the Executive Board in its usual programming. In the past, freshman representatives have held study breaks for premedical students, organized talks, and helped plan conferences related to the medical profession.