For more than a decade, clinical fellows who are completing their clinical training at the HMS-affiliated hospitals have enrolled in the Models of Disease Boot Camp as they begin their basic/translational postdoctoral research fellowships.  This popular course is offered annually in July over a 3-week period (5 mornings/week), and consists of a variety of (virtual) group activities that include interactive lectures presented by HMS faculty, topical updates in biomedical science, and panel discussions on topics ranging from academic-industry interactions to work-life balance. Fellows enrolled in the MoD Boot Camp also have sessions with department chairs to discuss job-negotiating strategies, participate in a mock study section, and take part in career workshops with senior research fellows and junior faculty.

After the daily Zoom sessions (8:30am – 1:00pm), the MoD Boot Campers are free to spend their afternoons and evenings getting research projects underway in the labs of their research mentors.

Successful MoD applicants will have had substantive prior basic research experience and plan to continue basic or translational projects in their research fellowship. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Space is limited, and once the course is filled with qualified applicants, enrollment will be closed. Interested students are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 2, 2021. 5:00pm ET, but we anticipate that the course will be filled well before then.

Over the years, Models of Disease Boot Camp students have come to our class from all of the major Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and from many different clinical subspecialty training programs. Graduates of the MoD Boot Camp have the opportunity to participate in annual mini-symposia with fellow trainees and faculty. Graduates of the Boot Camp have shared enthusiastic reviews about their experiences, and many have gone on to faculty positions at Harvard and across the country. If you would like a list of Models of Disease Boot Camp graduates in your field or at your institution, please contact the course coordinator Charlemya Erasme for additional information.  The course director is Thomas Michel, MD, PhD, who can be reached at

Session dates

Monday, July 12, 2021 – Friday, July 30, 2021

Time commitment

Five weekday mornings per week for three weeks. The course will be held entirely over Zoom. There will be two catered lunches per week offered outdoors on the HMS Quad each week of the course so that students can meet one another (while physically distanced) in person.

Application due

June 2, 2021 at 5:00pm ET


Scientific dialog, topical updates, career planning, faculty networking, and community building for clinical trainees beginning their basic/translational postdoctoral research fellowships.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


Current Harvard teaching hospital-based clinical trainees with substantive prior basic/translational research experience who plan to continue basic or translational projects in their postdoctoral research fellowships in 2021.


Tuition-free. The course is supported by Harvard Catalyst and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


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