3.04 Education Computing

Technology plays a critical role in the medical education program. The MD program at HMS utilizes various platforms, which are described below.

OASIS, Canvas, and Mediasite

For students matriculating in August of 2015 and later, OASIS and Canvas are the primary platforms for managing student information, evaluation and assessment, and course materials, including class schedules, handouts, syllabi, discussion forums, exams, lecture videos, slide images and other resources that support the learning of medicine. The Mediasite Enterprise video platform is used in support of all course video content, integrated into the Canvas course pages. 

HMS Student Network

HMS has 27 public personal computers available throughout the Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC). These computers, are reserved for students use and provide access to a wide array of electronic resources.

In addition, tutorial and conference rooms, learning suites, and other classrooms in the TMEC are equipped with computers and large screen display technology, allowing learning resources that support case-discussion and interactive group discussions to be accessed during class sessions. 

Location of Public Computers

  • Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC): Computer Resource Center (TMEC Room 225), 
  • Countway Library
  • Vanderbilt Halls (Room 302B)
  • HST Society
  • HST Skills Area 

Computing Assistance

An IT Service Desk is available Monday through Friday (8am – 5pm) in the Computer Resource Center (TMEC 225) to help students make the best use of the School's technical resources. 

Computing in the Hospitals

HMS students have access to many hospital-based educational and clinical computing systems during their clinical courses and rotations.

Literature Searching

The Countway Library of Medicine provides extensive digital resources (journals, books, databases) and powerful electronic searching tools that are indispensable to medical education. Please check their website at www.countway.harvard.edu.


All students are assigned a personal Harvard email account, which provides local and remote access to the School’s email system.

Student Computing Ethics

As in all other areas of your academic life, the use of computing technology should be undertaken in a manner consistent with the high standards of professional conduct appropriate to the field of medicine. The internet, social media and email may create additional challenges to health care professionals’ responsibility for ensuring patient confidentiality. To protect this fundamental patient right, you should avoid using these media to transmit information containing patient names or other medical records data that may be used to identify individual patients. When you are doing clinical rotations at our affiliated teaching hospitals, your strict compliance with patient confidentiality rules and regulations is expected, and lapses are subject to disciplinary procedures.

Please see Section 7.09 for guidance on the use of social media and Section 4.18 on patient confidentiality and HIPAA.

Getting Help

HMS computer issues or questions: 

For more information, visit the Student Computing web site.

Last updated 10/29/18