3.12 The Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC)

The Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC), located at 260 Longwood Avenue on the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, opened in September 1987. In recognition of the late Dr. Daniel C. Tosteson's contributions to medical education during his tenure as Dean (1977-1997), the TMEC was named in his honor in June 1997.

The TMEC serves as the locus of medical education at HMS. The Center was created by combining significant renovations of Building E, one of the original buildings of the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle constructed in 1906, and a newly constructed wing that opened in 1987. Most of the required courses in Years I and II of the MD program (HST-Years I and II and Pathways-Year I) are held in the TMEC, which houses many of the School's instructional areas and student support offices, as well as computer facilities. Many of the classes for the HMS-based PhD programs are also held in TMEC. A media center provides videotaping capabilities in several of the classrooms.

The TMEC houses the five Academic Societies (Section 3.02), which surround a central atrium and commons on the second floor. The Atrium, a large open space used extensively by students as a gathering area, also provides a small café, open for breakfast and lunch during the academic year. The Academic Society spaces include administrative offices for Society Advisory Deans, Advisors and staff, as well as the Offices of Advising Resources and Scholarship in Medicine. The Offices of Student Affairs and Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs are located just off the Atrium, adjacent to the Castle Society.

The Atrium provides access to the Carl W. Walter Amphitheatre, which serves as a lecture hall for medical, dental, and graduate student courses. A second amphitheatre, located across the quadrangle in the Armenise Building, is also used for lectures. A 90-person tiered classroom designed for interactive teaching is located on the second floor of the TMEC (Room 227). Adjacent to Room 227 is the techLAB (Room 225), a Technology Service Center designed for faculty, staff, and students that was renovated in 2014. A second 70-person classroom, located diagonally across from the case method room, was built in 1997. 

The teaching space in the TMEC is divided into five learning suites. The three-room learning suites on the first and third floors were renovated during the summer of 2015 and include a large learning studio, a lab room, a small classroom and adjacent tutorial rooms. Each features 90” digital displays, ample glass white board writing space, wireless content-sharing to student devices and video/web-conferencing capabilities. The learning suite on the second floor includes a laboratory/skills area, a 50-person classroom and tutorial rooms.

A Clinical Skills Center opened in September 2013 on the first floor of TMEC. The 7,500 square-foot facility includes eighteen exam rooms; three orientation classrooms (one for patients, one for students, one for faculty); a small meeting room; and a central control room.  In addition to standard components (sink, exam table, etc.), each exam room is equipped with central video monitoring and exam scoring technology and an observation booth/workstation. Ten of the exam rooms have movable walls to allow conversion to five larger rooms that accommodate wireless simulation mannequins. 

The Clinical Skills Center provides a facility for teaching and assessing clinical skills, development of faculty teaching skills in clinical environments and simulated environments for students to learn about the management of acutely ill patients. Clinical examination rooms are used for both teaching of clinical skills in the Practice of Medicine and ICM courses and evaluation of students in Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Videotaping capabilities in these rooms enable faculty to review student-patient interactions with students and provide feedback. The three classrooms are used for multiple purposes when not in use for clinical skills classes or exams.

Also located in the TMEC are the Center for Evaluation (Section 3.11), the Academy/Center for Teaching and Learning (Section 3.15), Program in Medical Education Administration, the Office of Curriculum Services (Section 3.09), the MD-PhD Program (Section 5.01) and the Division of Medical Sciences (Section 3.18). A “touchdown” office for faculty to check e-mail, make phone calls, etc., is located on the first floor of TMEC, in Room 114.

Last updated 7/15/16