Harvard HMS Office of Student Affairs (HMS Students)


The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) serves as a resource in promoting the individual and professional growth and development of HMS students. The Dean for Students works with students across all years and Societies to explore ways to enhance or address aspects of the student experience, from education to student life to career planning, and works with students to develop innovative solutions to issues and concerns. The Dean for Students works closely with the Society Advisory Deans/Directors and the Associate Directors/Advisors to ensure that the needs of students are met and that relevant policies are developed or clarified as needed.

OSA services include the following:

  • Developing and organizing class meetings and events throughout students’ tenure at HMS
  • Connecting students with services, administrative offices, and information throughout the Program in Medical Education, the Medical School, and the larger university and national communities
  • Connecting students with advising resources
  • Connecting students with health, wellness, and safety resources
  • Providing a resource to the School and larger community on issues that pertain to the student body
  • Overseeing the residency match process for HMS students
  • Supporting students who apply using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) 
  • Taking the lead in planning many major class-wide events, including Orientation, Match Day, and Class Day (Commencement)