As it is described in a brief article entitled "History of Harvard Medical School's Office of Recruitment & Multicultural Affairs," Harvard Medical School (HMS) has a very interesting history regarding the recruitment and retention of minority students. Beginning in the late 1960s, the school implemented several initiatives designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students attending HMS.

These initiatives included the establishment of the HMS Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs and the Pre-Matriculation Summer Program for minority students. As a result of these efforts, over 800 minority students have earned medical degrees from HMS. For further information about the history of HMS or to learn about the Pre-Matriculation Summer Program, please visit the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs or contact program director Rosa J. DaSilva.