Registration is conducted annually, prior to the start of the academic year, to screen students for financial clearance and to verify and update student demographic information. Because the curriculum in the first and second (preclinical) years is fixed, registration for courses in the traditional sense is not necessary. The program selection in the third and fourth (clinical) years is accomplished through computerized scheduling system conducted separately from registration.
All students must meet six primary requirements during each registration period:
- Complete a Registration Form
- Obtain Financial Clearance
- Comply with the Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements
- Complete the Tufts University School of Medicine HIPAA training (on TUSK)
- Complete the Tufts University School of Medicine Universal Precautions Certification (on TUSK)
- Review and sign off on the Tufts University School of Medicine Student Treatment Policy (on TUSK)
Registration Form: A Registration Form is provided by the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the academic year. The form shows the addresses and demographic data on file for the student. The student must review the form for accuracy, make changes if necessary, sign and return the form to the Registrar’s Office by the stated deadline. Students are responsible for the maintenance of their addresses via SIS online.
Financial Clearance: Students must obtain financial clearance from the Bursar’s Office. Students without financial clearance are ineligible to start or may be subject to withdrawal from their academic program. In addition, students without financial clearance are not entitled to receive official transcripts and other services of the Registrar's Office and Office of Student Affairs.
Health Insurance/Immunization Requirements: In order to comply with legislation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and with University policy, fall registration will be incomplete unless the student enrolls in the student health insurance program or submits an authorized waiver of enrollment to the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office, certifying coverage comparable to legislative and policy requirements. In addition, the student must file complete immunization documentation with the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office.
The student must obtain clearance from the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office for health insurance and immunization requirements. Students without clearance are subject to withdrawal from their academic program.
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), Universal Precautions and the Tufts University School of Medicine Student Treatment Policy: In April 2003, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) went into effect, requiring all hospitals in the United States to comply with federally mandated patient privacy protections. The law applies to disclosure of health information whether by electronic, paper or verbal communication. It sets in place standards for proper use of patient information, a patient’s right to access and control this information and a hospital’s obligation to adopt written policies, train employees in these procedures, and ensure that these procedures are followed.
Annually, as part of registration, each student is required to complete the Tufts University School of Medicine HIPAA training, Universal Precautions review and review the Tufts University School of Medicine Student Treatment Policy. These are all available for review on the TUSK. Students will receive notification for when they must complete the training from the Registrar's Office. The Universal Precautions training for first-year students will be given in a session during orientation at the beginning of the academic year.