Program Components


  • 10-weeks, full-time research in a laboratory or research group at Harvard Medical School (HMS)
  • Poster presentation at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium in July
  • Oral presentation at the culmination of the summer program

Clinical Exposure:

  • Approximately 10-15 hours of clinical shadowing
  • Exposure to different specialities spanning several institutions, including academic teaching hospitals and community health centers (pending COVID-19 precautions/restrictions)


  • Orientation on the first day of the program
  • Weekly career guidance sessions on topics spanning admissions, resilience, research rigor and ethics, etc.
  • Participation in selected components of the SHURP curriculum
  • Social medicine enrichment taught by world-renowned social scientists


  • Matched with one faculty member as a research mentor
  • Matched with one current MD-PhD student (Big Sib, Little Sib program)
  • One-on-one monthly check-ins with HEART Program leadership


  • Monthly funded social outings in the Boston area
  • Social events with the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD Program community