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 shadowing, nighttime emergency room and trauma center observation, surgical simulations, suturing workshops, mentorship with Harvard Medical School students, and panels with current residents. Members can also attend surgery grand rounds at MGH, as well as gain 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.