Application Process for Allied Technical Staff Training

The Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) welcomes your interest in the allied technical staff training programs offered by our affiliated and training hospitals. All international candidates must submit an application and all necessary supporting documents to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to be considered for these programs.

Close and early attention to fulfilling all OIA requirements will ensure a smoother and speedier application process, helping to ensure that all application deadlines are met.

How to apply:
First, contact TUSM's Office of International Affairs (OIA) via email ( to learn, and agree to, the fee for your training program of choice. Failure to contact our office before sending us your application will delay the process and, possibly, your preferred starting date for training.

Next, download and complete our Application for Allied Technical Staff Training.

In addition to completing the application form, the following materials must be submitted:

  • Two passport-sized photos (2 by 2 inches).
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • An up-to-date personal statement that includes your primary area of interest, career goals, and personal and professional background.

To ensure that your photo, curriculum vitae and personal statement are acceptable, please refer to these application materials guidelines. Outside, fee-based professional assistance is available to help you prepare a CV and personal statement designed to positively impact your candidacy with TUSM-affiliated program directors. This service provider has been screened and deemed acceptable by the OIA.

  • A copy of your graduation certificate from the college or university you attended.
  • A letter from your college/university Dean of Students and/or your supervisor in your current position.
  • If you are sponsored applicant, a financial guarantee letter from the sponsoring organization.
  • An official score report for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum passing score of 80.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your educational and/or professional background.

Mail the completed application form and printed copies of all other required materials to:

    Office of International Affairs
    Tufts University School of Medicine
    20 Park Plaza, Suite 1101
    Boston, MA 02116-4399

In addition, send the application and all required materials via email, in a single PDF file, to:

When to apply:
Candidates should begin the application process well in advance of the starting date for their training program. We strongly urge you to begin at least 16 weeks beforehand, as completion of the process takes up to eight weeks, and significant additional time may be required to obtain a visa.

After you apply:
Once the OIA has your completed application and all supporting material, here is what happens during the approval process:

  • The OIA will schedule and conduct an interview with you via video conference. Please do not call or email the OIA to inquire about your interview status. We will contact you.
  • If you meet our qualifications, we will notify you and pass on your application to the appropriate department director at a TUSM training hospital.
  • If, after reviewing your application and credentials, the hospital department director and/or physician wishes to accept you as a clinical observer, he or she will notify the OIA and pass on your credentials to the hospital’s Human Resources and Health departments for their approval.
  • The OIA then will notify you and initiate the visa process, providing you with the information needed to obtain your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. (More information on Visas)
  • At that point, you (or your sponsor) are required to send full payment of your previously agreed-upon training fee to the OIA (payable by bank check or money order, made out to “Trustees of Tufts College”), to the address listed above in the How to Apply section.
  • The approving hospital's Human Resources, Health and specialty departments will send you paperwork which must be completed and returned by the specified date(s). Please note: It is imperative that you take the responsibility for properly completing and returning all documents on time.
  • You also must have, and so certify, personal health insurance coverage that meets TUSM requirements. Please fill out and return to the OIA via email ( this International Applicant Health Insurance Coverage Statement.
  • In addition, before you begin your training program, you should be prepared to provide to the hospital health department written proof of testing/immunization for a number of infectious diseases. Please complete and return to the OIA via email this International Applicant Immunization Form.
  • You also will be required to fill out a personal health history form to receive clearance from the hospital health department for participation in the training program.
  • You will be expected by your assigned hospital to be knowledgeable on these Patient Privacy and Health/Safety issues. Please study them carefully.

Congratulations. You then will begin your training assignment after your visa is approved.

After you have completed your training program, your hospital supervisor will prepare a written performance evaluation and forward it to the OIA, which in turn will deliver it to you and/or your sponsoring organization, if any.

The OIA staff is ready and able to help international candidates for allied technical staff training navigate the often-complicated post-application process. Please don't hesitate to contact us.