Event Details

This is the fourth annual dinner where all of the Harvard University incoming Medical Students, Dental Students, and Life Sciences PhD Students will come together for a welcoming event sponsored by

Harvard Medical School,
Harvard School of Dental Medicine
the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences Program.


This Gala Dinner has been organized by upper year medical, dental and graduate students along with representatives from the Harvard Medical School Student Council and the Biomedical Graduate Student Organization.


In all, 16 different programs with a total of 400 students are invited, and it is a unique opportunity to meet your fellow students in the Medical and Life Sciences fields. Our goal in creating this event and others like it is to foster communication, social interactions and collaborations among the various programs in the life sciences.



Gala Welcome Dinner for all incoming Medical Students, Dental Students & Life Sciences PhD Students


Tuesday Evening, September 16, 2008


The Harvard Club of Boston*
374 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215


6pm Cocktails

7:15pm-9pm Dinner
Featuring keynote speaker Joseph B. Martin, MD, PhD

9pm Post-Dinner Reception with cash bar, music and free prizes!

* Please note: This is NOT the Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy Street in Cambridge (see below for details).


This year, there is an unusually large incoming class, and due to space constraints, seating is limited, so please register early if you want to attend. Similarly, please do not register if you will not be able to attend to make sure there is room for everyone. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests. Due to the cost of the event, RSVP by the end of the day, Monday, September 8th so that we can plan accordingly. After registration, if you must cancel for any reason, please contact us immediately!


Dress Code


The Harvard Club (http://www.harvardclub.com/) has strict rules regarding dress codes which are enforced by the club. The Dress code for this event is Business Casual, which the Harvard Club defines as: collared shirt, slacks (not denim) and non-athletic shoes for men, and equivalent attire for women. (Jacket and tie for men are OPTIONAL.)




The Harvard Club of Boston (http://www.harvardclub.com/) is located at 374 Commonwealth Avenue (near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue), Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Please note: This is NOT the Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy Street in Cambridge. There are many convenient ways to get there. See the Google Map.


M2 shuttle bus (Valid Harvard ID required):

(Note: We anticipate many students taking the M2 shuttles, so you might want to catch an earlier shuttle than you would otherwise take.)


The M2 shuttle bus between Longwood Medical Area and Harvard Square will stop upon request on Massachusetts Avenue near where it intersects Commonwealth Avenue. Students at HMS, HSPH, HSDM, GSAS, DMS, as well as Harvard University officers and staff, need only swipe their University ID card to ride the bus for free. The Harvard Club is near the corner at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue.


From Longwood Medical Area:

M2 Shuttles leave the Longwood Medical Area (near Vanderbilt Hall) every 10 minutes between 5pm and 7pm (5:00pm, 5:10pm, etc.). It is about a 10 minute ride to the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues - you must request the stop from the driver! Once you get out of the bus, you will have just passed the Harvard Club on the bus, so you need to walk back down Commonwealth Avenue in the opposite direction to the way the bus was going. The Harvard Club is a few doors down on the left. [NOTE: Do not take the 5:15pm shuttle via Coolidge Corner it does not go past the Harvard Club.]


From Harvard Square or MIT:

M2 Shuttles leave Harvard Yard at Quincy Street (near Lamont Library) every 10 minutes between 5:05pm and 6:35pm, and the bus makes pickups along the way including at MIT. It is about a 10-15 minute ride from Harvard Square to the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street - you must request the stop from the driver! Beacon street is one major block before Commonwealth Avenue, so when you get off the bus, walk in the same direction the bus was heading on Massachusetts Avenue to Commonwealth and then turn right at the far right corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues. The Harvard Club is a few doors down on the left.


See http://www.masco.org/transit/ptsM2.htm for more detailed information.




The Hynes Convention Center stop on the Green Line B, C or D trains is the closest T station to the club. When you get out at Massachusetts Avenue, walk to Commonwealth Avenue and turn left. The Harvard Club is a few doors down on the left.

If you want to take the Green Line E train, go to Copley Square or Prudential Center, and walk a few extra blocks to Massachusetts Avenue and Commonwealth Avenues. Alternatively, from Copley Square, you can also transfer to the B, C or D and go one short stop to the Hynes Convention Center and then continue onto the Harvard Club (as above).


Visit http://www.mbta.com/ for more information about the T.




You can easily take a Taxi, but we do not recommend driving your own vehicle as there is very limited parking in the area. If you still want to drive, see the Google Map or http://www.harvardclub.com/content/about/directions.php.


Leaving After the Event


The last M2 bus towards Cambridge leaves Vanderbilt Hall at 10:30pm, and arrives at Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues shortly thereafter. The last M2 bus towards the Longwood Medical Area, leaves Harvard Square at 11pm, and arrives at Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue shortly thereafter to continue onto the Longwood Medical Area. Remember, you must flag down the bus to have it stop!

The Hynes T and the Massachusetts Avenue #1 Bus run until after midnight. Also, taxi service should be readily available.



Contacting Us


If you have any special requirements, questions, or if you must cancel or make changes to your reservation, please email us at galadinner@hms.harvard.edu

Cancellations must be made no later than Thursday, September 11, 2008 at noon!