Based at the HMS Center for Primary Care, the Program in Family Medicine at the HMS Center for Primary Care is building upon the growing community of HMS family medicine students, residents, and attendings engaged in family medicine education, research, and mentorship opportunities. The Program in Family Medicine was established in 2016 thanks to a generous donation made to the HMS Center for Primary Care. The director is Kathe Miller. Dr. Miller is a faculty member at the HMS Center for Primary Care who teaches throughout the HMS curriculum and has a busy community practice. Dr. Aaron Hoffman the second core faculty at the Program in Family Medicine. Dr Hoffman is a family physician at the MGH Ambulatory Practice of the Future and medical director for the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  View our video series. 


What can the Program in Family Medicine provide for you?

  • Connect with the HMS Family Medicine Interest Group!
  • Information about the specialty including career options, fellowship training and more
  • Connect students with opportunities for clinical experience in Family Medicine
  • Provide information on Family Medicine based research
  • Help students find an amazing mentor
  • Connect students to national resources and events, including the American Academy of Family Physicians Student and Resident Conference 
  • Opportunities to create and participate in family medicine based events at HMS and in partnership with other medical schools




A Guide to Family Medicine at HMS

Why choose family medicine? What pre-clinical opportunities are available to students? How do I choose where to apply for residency? Get the answers to these questions and more by reading the guide to Family Medicine at HMS.


Family Medicine Interest Group

Supported by the Program in Family Medicine, this student-run interest group connects students to the most exciting opportunities in family medicine. By joining the FMIG, you can be the first to know about lunch talks, family medicine sponsored conferences, procedure workshops, and the annual mentorship dinner.



There are many opportunities to connect with family physicians during your HMS education. These include requesting a family doctor for your FCC and PCC experience, as well as electives in family medicine in Shiprock, New Mexico with the Indian Health Service, rural family medicine in Barre, MA, and Boston-based Advanced Clinical Electives in Family Medicine.



Would you like to speak with a family doctor who has a practice that interests you? The Program in Family Medicine can connect you to faculty with wide-ranging interests and practice styles who are particularly interested in working one-on-one with students as mentors.



Interested in family medicine research? There are family doctors who are involved in research and can offer projects of varying intensity, including Scholars in Medicine projects. There are opportunities available in the HMS-wide database and through the Program in Family Medicine.


The Match

Worried about the match? Join our annual series on preparing for the match in primary care and family medicine. Meetings begin yearly in June. Please contact Kathe Miller to sign up at

Want to hear from other HMS students who have matched in family medicine? Watch the family medicine post-match panel.


A Rich History of Family Medicine at HMS

In October 2010, Harvard Medical School (HMS) announced the launch of the Center for
Primary Care, a powerful and transformative initiative, but not an entirely new idea. Read about the history of Family Medicine at HMS.


Events and Opportunities

Office Hours

Do you have questions about Family Medicine or what a career as a family physician might look like? Do they have questions about Family Medicine and Primary Care training and preparation for residency? Center faculty Kathe Miller and Aaron Hoffman are here to help! Please stop by the Program in Family Medicine office, 160 Longwood Ave, from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons for drop-in office hours! If you would like to meet at another time during the week please just email Dr. Kathe Miller ( and Dr. Aaron Hoffman ( to set up something that works!


If you have questions, please reach out directly to Dr. Miller or Dr. Hoffman.

Kathe Miller:

Aaron Hoffman: