As a Harvard Medical School student, you’ll have access to a world of IT support and resources, including software. Follow the steps below to get started.
Please also visit the Student Computing section of this website for additional information.
When you were accepted, you received an HUID number. If you haven’t received your HUID number yet, contact your academic program. You must have an HUID number to set up your eCommons account.
Register Your eCommons account
All HMS faculty, staff and students will need to register for an eCommons account with their HUID.
An eCommons account is required for access to HMS resources, including email, collaboration shares, wireless network, research cluster, and the HMS Web Portal: https://my.hms.harvard.edu
- Go to https://ecommons.med.harvard.edu and click the New User Registration link. Click Register Now.
Enter your Last Name in Step 1 and enter your HUID in Step 2, then click Submit.
- Click Continue to validate your email address.
- Create your new password, and click Submit to complete the registration process.
- When prompted, register for Safecode security, which is a self-service feature allowing you to reset your password or unlock your account should you forget your eCommons password.
- Register for Message Me to receive emergency notifications from Harvard University: https://messageme.harvard.edu/
Setup your HarvardKey
HarvardKey is Harvard University's online user credentialing, uniquely identifying you to Harvard University IT applications and services. Your HarvardKey credentials are required for accessing PeopleSoft, a tool for reporting your time as well as many other Harvard University financial applications. HarvardKey grants you access to University Library Resources, Pubmed, my.Harvard, Harvard Web Applications, Crimson Cash, and Aspire.
- Claim your HarvardKey: https://key.harvard.edu/select-user-type.
- Go back to https://key.harvard.edu and select Set Up & Manage Your Two-Step Verification link
- HarvardKey FAQ: https://reference.iam.harvard.edu/
Office 365 email account
You can access your HMS email through the Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface by going to https://outlook.office365.com/. Log in using your eCommons username and password.
HMS Wifi and Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows HMS/HSDM quad-based faculty, staff and students to access HMS network resources securely over the Internet from a remote location. To request VPN access, please complete a VPN request form.
Harvard University uses an application called DUO, that makes the two-step verification process quick and easy. Using DUO for Two-step verification is now required to access the HMS VPN.
HMS Information Technology recommends Pulse Secure for use with VPN connections.
HMS Home Folder
Home folders are your very own personal, private folders, for your eyes only & accessible only by you. Quotas for HOME storage are 50 GB for HMS students.
Please see the File Sharing page for more information.
Please note: Only students who work in HMS-based research labs are eligible for HMS Dropbox.
Dropbox for Business offers HMS a secure way to store, sync, and share data across platforms and across the globe. It keeps your computer up to date with your working files. Even entire Labs can promote collaboration via SmartSync, which provides a platform for accessing shared data without taking up valuable space on your computers. Complete information about Dropbox at HMS can be found at: dropbox.hms.harvard.edu.
Students who work in HMS-based research labs can request a Dropbox Account at Dropbox.hms.harvard.edu/join.
Once your Dropbox account has been created, request access to a team Dropbox folder from the team manager.