Each January, approximately twenty-four UMass Boston (UMB) pre-medical and pre-research students spend three weeks at TUSM as part of an enrichment program designed to introduce future doctors and scholars to the kind of teamwork inherent in medical problem-solving. Students participate in seminars, gain valuable experience, and build connections that will foster their development as graduate-level researchers and clinicians.
The goals of the program are to:
- Provide research and clinical exposure;
- Provide an opportunity to establish mentoring relationships with TUSM faculty and graduate and professional students;
- Provide mentoring and advice on how to strengthen candidacy for applying to graduate and professional degree programs;
- Increase awareness of ways to finance graduate education;
- Create a forum for students to learn to examine complex health challenges and potential solutions from a multidisciplinary, inter-professional perspective;
- Introduce students to team-based learning in a simulated setting;
- Learn about career options in medicine, public health, basic sciences, and more.
The program will offer two slightly different schedules for students with different interests: one for those interested in clinical and health careers and one for students interested in a basic science research experience that could potentially serve as preparation towards a PhD degree.
Who should apply to the program?
Students in their sophomore or junior year
What are the course requirements?
- One year intro biology
- One year intro chemistry
- One course of calculus
- One semester of organic chemistry
- Other courses as determined by UMB
How do I apply?
To apply, complete the online application.
When is the application deadline?
November 3, 2015
Along with the application, what other important paperwork should be submitted?
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty
- Personal essay (this will be a very important component of the application)
- Immunization record and transcript (GPA minimum of 3.2)
Who do I contact for more information?
Application Submission Process:
Ariella Green, Program Coordinator
Dean's Office Tufts University School of Medicine
Office: (617) 636-2469
Marietta Schwartz, Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics;
Director of the Student Success Center
Post Selection Process:
Marlene Jreaswec, Program Administrator
TUSM, Office for Multicultural Affairs
Office: (617) 636-0992