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.

Program Requirements:

  • Applicants must also be at least 16 years old at the start of the program and in grades 10-12.
  • The selection committee grants student interviews by invitation only. 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. 
  • Students are required to participate for the entirety of the 5 week-long TAHSS program.

Program Information:

  • Students take Anatomy and Physical Diagnosis courses taught by medical students. Through these courses, they gain knowledge and exposure to graduate-level laboratory-based science.
  • Mentors will be assigned to students in various clinical and bench research positions throughout our Boston Health Sciences Campus.
  • Research and clinical experiences may 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.
  • All TAHSS students complete an independent project, and are expected to present their findings at the end of the program.
  • TAHSS provides exposure to role models and health career opportunities, as well as information on the college application process and financial aid.
  • Students can establish lifelong connections with their mentors as well as with their fellow students, and mentors are also available to write letters of recommendation.
  • The mentoring and support for high school students continue after the conclusion of the summer program. Our office keeps in touch to inform TAHSS Alums of conferences and other program opportunities.