Resident Life | Overview
Boston is a medical paradise like no other, with three major medical schools and some two dozen hospitals. It’s also a fun place to live, with interesting people and unmatched cultural and recreational offerings.
Boston is a city of some twenty diverse and vibrant neighborhoods bordered by Cambridge and Brookline and tied together by a network of subway (“T”) and bus lines.
Boston is a sports town — home to the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics — but also boasts world-class museums, theaters, and the world-renowned Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and Boston Ballet. The Longwood Medical Area even has its own orchestra, the Longwood Symphony.
Outdoor activities abound in Boston and surrounding suburbs. A short drive will get you a relaxing weekend in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts or to hiking and biking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A free day could mean escaping to Newport, Rhode Island, scenic Vermont, the rugged coastline in Maine, or the beaches of Cape Cod.
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- We love pets and we have cats, dogs, parakeets, a parrotlet, and a guinea pig.
- We speak 10 different languages (11 if you count sarcasm).
- We had diverse jobs before becoming doctors, including owning a small aquatic plant business, foster care caseworker, waitress, ABA assistant, soccer referee, and pastry shop worker.
- Six of us are parents!
Resident life in Boston
Our favorite Boston activities:
- gardening in the Fenway Victory Gardens community plot
- ramen at Ganko Ittetsu Ramen
- concerts at the Boston Symphony
- going to Fenway Park for a baseball game
- hiking in the White Mountains
- running/biking along the Charles River
- walking around Jamaica Pond
- taking the ferry to Provincetown, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket
- biking to Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum
- watching old movies at the Coolidge Corner Theatre
- eating ice cream with sprinkles at Toscanini’s
- hanging out at M Street Beach
- watching live jazz at the Ellis Room
- sailing on Boston Harbor
Need housing assistance?
The Harvard Housing Office, located at 7 Holyoke Street in Cambridge (Harvard Square), offers listings of apartments, condominiums, houses, and rooms for rent or sale, information on finding a roommate, lists of local, short-term accommodations, lists of movers and self-storage facilities, and more. The office also offers apartments at the Trilogy, 170 Brookline Avenue, near the Longwood Medical Area. For more information, visit the website or call 617-496-7827.
Other good sources of housing information:
- MIT European Club
- When relocating, current residents and recent graduates are great resources!
- There are several recommended real estate agents in the area that work closely with physicians.
- As a resident, you have access to many of the Harvard resources, including the Harvard Real Estate Advantage Program can help with home-buying and loans.
Lease guarantee program
Boston Children’s Hospital has implemented this program for all residents and fellows who are paid through the hospital to help ease the pressure of the high cost of housing in the Boston area. If a landlord requires advance payment of the last month’s rent and/or a security deposit, the hospital will guarantee payment according to the lease guaranty procedure. In return, the resident or fellow agrees to reimburse Boston Children’s for any payment the hospital makes. For more information, call the HR Employee Service Center at 617-355-7780.
Many of our residents are juggling work and family responsibilities. A variety of programs are available to help.
The Longwood Work/Life Liaison
This Harvard Medical School office provides information, resources, referrals, educational programs, and support to those combining work lives with family needs.
Office of Clinician Support (OCS)
The OCS provides a safe, confidential place to talk for anyone who does clinical work with patients, including trainees. The program assists clinicians with any problem they may be having, whether it be work-related or personal. The OCS is staffed by mental health clinicians familiar with working in the hospital environment and is available seven days a week.
Employee Lactation Support Program
This program provides support, information, and lounges for nursing mothers. Contact the program at 617-355-0005.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Confidential services are available 24/365 from our EAP provider, KGA. For more information, visit KGA at kga.infonowweb.com.
Boston Children's Hospital Child Care Center
Located at 21 Autumn Street, a short walk from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Center is staffed by teachers trained in Child Development and Early Childhood Education and provides care to 42 children 3 months through 5 years old. Phone 617-355-6006.
There are many other daycare centers that our trainees have used near the Longwood Medical Area or in their home neighborhoods.
If your regular child care provider falls through, Care.com will provide in-home care in the day or evening, 7 days a week. Phone 855-781-1303 to request care.