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Undergraduate Medical Education

Excellence in patient care, teaching, biomedical research, and community service.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is renowned for excellence in patient care, teaching, biomedical research, and community service. BIDMC is a tertiary care institution located in the heart of Boston's medical community serving more than half a million patients annually from Boston and communities north, west and south of the city, as well as a national and international referral base. BIDMC is on of Harvard Medical School's main teaching affiliates. 

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If you are a medical student entering your final year and are interested in an elective course at BIDMC, please read on.


We are a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS) which does offer one of the largest visiting medical student programs in the country. To be considered for enrollment in a BIDMC elective course, students must submit application materials to the HMS Office of the Registrar.

See application instructions, submission deadlines and a course catalog HERE

Office of Undergraduate Medical Education Staff

K. Meredith Atkins, MD

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education



Alexandra Hovaguimian, MD

Director, Principal Clinical Experience




Anita Vanka, MD

Associate Director, Principal Clinical Experience




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UME Committee

The UME COMMITTEE is composed of leaders in UME at BIDMC. Chaired by the Associate Dean of UME, the committee will work with the director to address issues of quality in medical student education at BIDMC including but not limited to:

  • Promoting inclusion and diversity

  • Supporting course and clerkship leaders in curricular development to promote continuity in the curriculum

  • Enhancing opportunities for integration of teaching across specialties

  • Enhancing opportunities for inter-professional education

  • Enhancing the rigor of elective clinical experiences

  • Enhancing the environment of learning including creation of interventions to eliminate student mistreatment

  • Improving the feedback and evaluation process for students

  • Promoting faculty development in all areas of UME

  • Promoting and evaluating resident-as-teacher programs as applicable in all areas of UME

  • Reviewing rotation evaluations and supporting continuous quality improvement

  • Addressing logistical issues (e.g., classroom space, access to patients) that challenge the educational experience for students

  • Assisting departments in transitions in leadership of courses and clerkships

  • Recruiting medical students to BIDMC residencies



Chair, UME Director

Vice President for Education

PCE Director and Associate Director

Vice Chairs for Education in Departments that have core clerkships or advanced clinical electives or other curricular equivalent

Practice of Medicine Site Directors

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