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. Today, TAHSS continues as a key Tufts University School of Medicine (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.

Most recently, the School of Dental Medicine has partnered with us providing TAHSS students superb mentorship experiences in research and clinical practice, further strengthened with the development 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. 

While all applications will be considered for TAHSS, the program aims to provide an opportunity especially to students from socioeconomic and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and students under-represented in medicine communities.

The TAHSS Program has undergone a number of changes since its inception. 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.