MGH History

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Massachusetts General Hospital was founded in 1811, with a mandate to serve the underserved population of Boston. It was the first teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School and both education and service have remained at the core of this place.

Throughout our interview day, the tour and several presentations will highlight some of the historical milestones in medicine that have occurred here.

If you are planning your interview trip, and are interested in medical history, a new Museum of Medical History opened recently at MGH, and there is a self-guided history walk through the grounds of the hospital that visitors can take. See the links below for more information.

Click here for a narrative history of MassGeneral.

Program History

The Harvard MGH Medicine-Pediatrics Program began in 1989 as the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Med-Peds Residency. In 1995, the original MGH med-peds program merged with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) Med-Peds Residency (formed in 1994), to become the Harvard Combined Med-Peds Program (HCMP), encompassing all four core programs. In 2006, the ACGME mandated to all med-peds programs across the country that they have only one parent medicine program and one parent pediatric program. This necessitated the division of the Harvard Combined Program into The Harvard MGH Med-Peds Program and the Harvard BWH/CHB Med-Peds Program. The programs continue to work together, jointly hosting medical student med-peds interest group events.