Rooted in Mission

Our educational activities support Harvard Medical School's mission to create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease. As a hallmark for academic and intellectual rigor, HMS seeks to set the standards of excellence worldwide for clinical care, medical research and inter-professional education. 

Global Impact

Continuing Education serves the needs of physicians and other healthcare professionals including:

  • HMS faculty and staff from our affiliated hospitals and research institutions
  • Practitioners based in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Practitioners from across the nation and the U.S. territories, and
  • Learners from around the world

Professional Outcomes

All continuing education activities are designed to address the knowledge, skills and attitudes of our learners. The expectation is that our educational activities will change learner competence, performance in practice and, ultimately, lead to enhanced patient care and improved outcomes for people around the world. Our activities are evaluated using qualitative and quantitative measurements, thereby fostering opportunities for continuous improvement.

Learning Formats

We offer a broad selection of innovative and interactive educational activities that are designed to address learners’ practice gaps and underlying educational needs. Our educational formats include live activities such as courses, symposia and workshops; regularly scheduled series (RSS) activities; live and online activities; video, audio and print enduring materials.

Broad Categories of Topics

  • Innovations in medicine
  • Patient safety and risk management
  • Leadership / faculty development
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Personalized medicine

Educational activities are designed to incorporate the professional core competencies of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Board of Medical Specialties, Institute of Medicine and Interprofessional Educational Collaborative.