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Monday, 2 July 2012

Med School Profile: Harvard Medical School

Official Mission Statement
To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease

Sept. 19, 1782

Institution Type:

Jeffrey S. Flier, MD

Campus Location(s):
Boston, Massachusetts

Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Cell Biology
Global Health and Social Medicine
Health Care Policy
Microbiology ad Immunobiology
Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Systems Biology

Number of hospital-based clinical departments--49

Average MCAT score:
Verbal Reasoning-11.01
Physical Sciences-12.00
Writing sample-Q
Biological Sciences- 12.04

Average Undergraduate GPA

Full-time --$47,500
Required Fees--$3,543

MD Financial Aid (Fiscal Year 2009)
Average Scholarship--$33,430
Annual Unit loan--$24, 500
Students receiving financial aid (excluding MD and PhD students)--81%
Students graduating with loans--133
Average loan debt on graduation--$103,633
Range of debt (Class of 2009)--$1,547-$249,664

National Ranking (US News)
Primary Care--#1
Best Research--#15
Most Popular Residency Programs (2010-2011)
Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Radiology (diagnostic), Surgery (general), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Opthamology, Family Practice, Psychiatry

Living Alumni (with MD)
from classes 1929-2009--9,168

Buildings on Campus
South Quad--
Main Quadrangle, opened 1906
Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1867
Francis A. Countway Library, 1965 (re-dedicated in 2000)
Laboratory for Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology, 1972
Seeley G. Mudd Building, 1977
Tosteson Medical Education Center, 1987 (named 1997)
Warren Alpert building, 1992
Goldenson  Building Renovations, 1994
Armenise Building (named 2000)
Gordon Hall of Medicine (named 2000)
Jeffrey Modell Immunology Center, 2007

North Quad--
Harvard Institutes of Medicine, 1996
Vanderbilt Hall (student residence), 1927
New Research Building, 2003
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (named 2007) 

Additional Joint Degree Programs
MD-Master of Public Health
MD-Master of Public Policy
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Contact Information
Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 432-1550

Nobel Laureates

Fifteen researchers have shared in nine Nobel prizes for work done while at HMS.

George Minot and William P. Murphy-- 1934, Physiology or Medicine

Research on liver treatment of the anemias

Fritz A. Lipmann-- 1953, Physiology or Medicine

Identified coenzyme A and discovered basic principles of the way cells generate energy

John F. Enders, Frederick C. Robbins* and Thomas H. Weller--1954, Physiology or Medicine

Application of tissue-culture methods to the study of viral diseases, such as polio

Baruj Benacerraf--1980, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered genetically determined structures on the surface of immune system cells that regulate immunological reactions

David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel,--1981, Physiology or Medicine
Research on information processing in the visual system

Herbert Abrams, Eric Chivian and James Muller (with Bernard Lown of the Harvard School of Public Health),--1985, Peace

Cofounders, with Evgueni Chazov, Leonid Ilyin, and Mikhail Kuzin--from the Soviet Union, of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Joseph E. Murray--1990, Physiology or Medicine
Developed procedures for organ and cell transplantation in humans (with E. Donnall Thomas, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center)

**Linda Buck--2004, Physiology or Medicine
Discovered odorant receptors and the organization of the olfactory system, explaining the sense of smell (with Richard Axel, Columbia University)

Jack Szostak-- 2009, Physiology or Medicine
The discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase (with Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California, San Francisco, and Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins University)

*Robbins was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done while a member of the Harvard Faculty. When the award was made, he was a member of the faculty of Western Reserve University.
**Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for work done, in part, while a member of the Harvard faculty. When the award was made, she was a member of the faculty of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

photo credit:
                   (Jack Varon/ Brian Luong)

1 comment:

  1. Very good profile on Harvard - thanks for sharing!