Teachers and High School Students Program (TAHSS)

The Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) Program was founded in the fall of 1989 with the goals of exposing interested high school students of varied backgrounds to health care and related professions, and providing support in their academic and personal development. The TAHSS Program has undergone a number of changes since its inception twenty seven years ago. In 1989, TUSM created the Minority High School Tutorial PLUS Program to provide local minority/disadvantaged students with access to medical student tutors. Additionally, in 1989, TUSM received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to start the Minority High School Research Apprenticeship Program. This program was launched to offer research experiences to local minority/disadvantaged students during the summer. The Teachers and High School Students Program is an extension of both programs. The final change came in 1999 when TAHSS became a combined initiative of Tufts University School of Medicine and an NIH-supported program, the National Center for Resources Minority Initiative: K-12 Teachers and High School Students.

Today, TAHSS continues as a key TUSM community outreach program for high school students in the Greater Boston area. The program is supported by the Dean's Office and aims to stimulate and support interest in careers in the biomedical sciences among high school students. While all applications will be considered, the program aims to provide an opportunity especially to students from socioeconomic and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and students under-represented in medicine communities. Students must also be at least 16 years old and in grades 10-12 to apply. The selection committee grants student interviews by invitation only.  These students participate in a 5 week-long program, and spend time in various clinical and bench research positions throughout our Boston Health Sciences Campus. Their research and clinical experiences span the Tufts Medical Center, School of Medicine, Public Health and Community Medicine Department, Freidman School of Nutrition, Sackler School of Biomedical Research, and School of Dental Medicine.

The School of Dental Medicine has partnered with us for several years providing TAHSS students superb mentorship experiences in research and clinical practice. Our strong partnership was further strengthened with the development a few years ago of a dedicated enhanced curriculum, and with the involvement of dental students as instructors. The revised curriculum offers students placed in the dental medicine track a clinical experience, including shadowing dental faculty and medical students. In addition, students take a course in dental anatomy, during which they learn dental terminology, make impressions and attend various lectures at the School of Dental Medicine. 

All TAHSS students complete an independent study, and are expected to present their findings at the end of the program. In addition, students take Gross Anatomy and Physical Diagnosis courses taught by medical students, and gain through these courses, both knowledge and exposure to graduate- level laboratory-based science.

TAHSS not only provides experiences in the research and clinical settings, but also exposure to role models and health career opportunities. Students also participate in group projects, which may include the design and production of the program's T-shirt and the student booklet. They may participate in additional activities on and off-campus, including field trips led by medical and graduate students. They have the opportunity throughout the program to develop relationships with our medical and graduate student mentors. Students also receive information on the college application process and financial aid. Mentors are available to write letters of recommendations in support of student's application to colleges. The students can establish lifelong connections with their mentors as well as with their fellow students. The mentoring and support for high school students continue after the conclusion of the summer program. Our program office keeps in touch with students, informing them of conferences and other program opportunities.


Access the application hereTAHSS Program Application and Instructions
*NOTE: We recommend using a PC to access this application. Please download and save the PDF, prior to entering data in the form fields.

If you are using a Mac, please note that data entered into fillable fields will not be saved properly. Instead, please print the form, fill out the application manually, and mail it to us.

Please review this cover letter, for instructions about the 2017 TAHSS Program. In addition to the application, please submit an essay, a photograph (headshot preferred), two Recommendation Forms, and two recommendation letters (from a science teacher and guidance counselor preferred), an official transcript, and the Student and Parent/Guardian Approval Form. If you are a Permanent Resident/Naturalized Citizen, a proof of residency/citizenship document is required. A completed application with all supporting materials must be in our office by Monday, January 23, 2017. Students will be notified of their status by March 17, 2017.

Interviews: Students are granted interviews by invitation only. During the scheduling of interviews, all time considerations will be kept in mind. If at any time during the process, you find that you are no longer interested in the TAHSS Program, please contact us by email: marlene.jreaswec@tufts.edu or by phone: 617-636-0992.

Orientation: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Research experiences start date: Thursday, June 29, 2017

End date: Friday, July 28, 2017

All students accepted to TAHSS are expected to attend the five week program in its entirety. They will sign an agreement noting that they will not be involved in competing activities during the program.

All students are assigned to mentors by the committee.

No overnight housing accommodations are provided.

Additional questions please contact:
Marlene Jreaswec, Program Administrator
Office for Multicultural Affairs
Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 636-0992
marlene.jreaswec@tufts.edu