TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE


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TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE History

Tufts University founded in 1852 by Christian Universalists, is located in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts, United States. The Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) is one of the ten schools that compose Tufts University. The School of Medicine can be found on the university’s health science campus located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. On 22 April 1893, Tufts University School of Medicine was established by vote of the Trustees of Tufts College. Originally designated as the Medical School of Tufts College, the School of Medicine opened in October 1893. Later in 1954 when the name of the institution was changed from “Tufts College” to “Tufts University”, the medical school came to be known as “Tufts University School of Medicine.” 

    Mission and Vision

  •  Tuft’s is committed to providing transformative experiences for students and faculty.
  •  TUSM is dedicated to being an innovative university of creative scholars across a broad range of schools that have a profound impact on one another and the world.
  •  To provide an inclusive and collaborative environment where creative scholars generate bold ideas.
  •  To mold the students to be innovative in the face of complex challenges and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world.

Departments

Tufts University School of Medicine comprises 25 departments, with over 5,000 faculty members, where 107 are full-time basic science faculty and 1276 are full-time clinical faculty.

    Basic Science Departments:

    Faculty members teach foundational medical science courses to MD and MBS students, additionally mentor Ph.D. candidates, and also conduct biomedical research. The Tufts University School of Medicine consists of four basic science departments.

  •  Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular Biology and Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Medical Education:

    The Department of Medical Education promotes excellence in education, as well as mentor faculty educators in the department, and helps advance their careers. The Department of Medical Education teaches

  •  Anatomy
  •  Histology
  •  Physiology
  •  Cell Biology
  •  Anatomy Laboratory 
  •  Anatomical Gifts Program
  • Public Health & Community Medicine:

    The Department of Public Health and Community Medicine instructs both MD and graduate students by using a multidisciplinary approach to public health and clinical issues. The Department is devoted to the promotion of public health through

    Education

  • Research:
  • Community Service
  • Shaping health policy
  • Population-based and patient-centered advocacy
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Center for Global Public Health
  • Health Communication

  • Health Inequality and Social Determinants of Health
  • Health Policy and Health Care Delivery
  • Nutrition and Infection Unit
  • Obesity, Cancer, and Chronic Disease

    Clinical Departments:

    Tufts School of Medicine hosts twenty clinical departments

  • Anesthesiology and Preoperative Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics Surgery
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Public Health and Community Medicine

Affiliated Teaching Hospitals

  • Atrius Health
  • Baystate Medical Centre
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Carney Hospital
  • Faulkner Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Medical Centre
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre
  • Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Maine Medical Centre
  • MelroseWakefield Hospital
  • MetroWest Medical Centre
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • North Shore Medical Centre
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Centre
  • South Shore Hospital
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Winchester Hospital

Academic Programs

  • Masters Degree:
  • Ms in Biomedical Sciences
  • Physician 

  • Assistant
  • Public health programs
  • Dual masters program
    • MD Program:

    • Doctor of medicine
    • Maine Track
    • Dual Degrees:

    • MD/MA in International Relations
    • MD/MBA in Health Management
    • Accelerated 4-year MD/MPH
    • MD/PhD
    • Student Organizations

    • Community Service Organization
    • Global Health Initiative
    • Multicultural Fellows Council
    • The Sharewood Project
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
    • Tufts School of Medicine Student Council
    • Tufts Biomedical Queer Alliance
    • Latin American Medical Student Association (LAMSA)
    • Medical/Dental 

    • Muslim Students
    • Medical/Dental 

    • Christian Students
    • Medical/Dental 

    • South Asian Students
    • The Multi-Ethnic Graduate Alliance (MEGA)
    • Multicultural performing arts show
    • Hillel
    • BDBS
    • Tufts University Physician Assistant Student Society ( TUPASS)
    • National Organization

    • Association of American Medical Colleges ( AAMC)
    • National Hispanic Medical Association 
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
    • Asian Medical Students Association (AMSA)
    • Advancing Hispanic/Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS)
    • Biomedical Sciences Careers Programs
    • Association of American Indian Physicians
    • National Youth Leadership Council
    • Aspiring Doctors

    Facilities and Amenities for Students

    • Space for Studying:

    A variety of study and meeting spaces available on campus to accommodate the research and academic needs of the students. The Hirsh Library located on the fourth through seventh floors of the Medical Education Building features two computer labs, study rooms, and meeting areas for students. Medical students can go to the Learning Communities located on the second and third floors of the Medical Education Building, featuring small-group classrooms as well as a living room and kitchen facilities. Specific areas are allocated to PA students, such as the conference room in the PA office, and 3 large study rooms with whiteboards on the 2nd floor of the M&V building.

    • Lockers:

    First and second-year MD students are assigned a locker in the Medical Education Building. In the M&V Building MBS students are assigned lockers for storing their personal belongings. The PA-specific locker room is assigned to Physician Assistant students. A refrigerator and microwave are also provided in the locker room for student use.

    • Labs:

    Anatomy Lab provides a space for students to learn essential anatomical training. The lab can host more than 200 students at a time and facilitates students with high-resolution diagnostic imaging and computer screens at each of the 44 dissection tables. The School of Medicine’s Technology Enabled Active Learning classroom has room for up to 60 students, stations are set up to enable students to interact with each other and their instructor. Clinical Skills and Simulation Center is a large training facility, about 9,000-square-foot that consist of three simulation rooms with advanced computerized mannequins. The mannequins imitate symptoms and distress the same way real patients do, with dilated pupils, low heart rate, coughing, and sweating. The mannequins provide an opportunity for students to practice procedures such as putting in bloodline or intubation before trying it on a human patient. Additionally, there are twelve patient exam rooms each that record audio and video, so faculty members can watch students’ performances and students can practice taking medical histories and refine their bedside manner with patient-actors.

    • Library:

    The Hirsh Health Sciences Library contains collections in medicine, dental medicine, nutrition, veterinary medicine and supporting collections in the basic sciences. The library offers classrooms, conference rooms, individual and group study rooms. It also offers a café for faculty, students and staff. The library offers computer support, laptop loans, wireless computing, and online course management through Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase.

    • Campus Bookstore:

    For the student’s convenience, a campus bookstore is installed which provides textbooks, needed materials for classes and an assortment of other supplies. Additionally, Tufts hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, Tufts giftware and other merchandise are sold.

    • Campus Cafeteria:

    On the fourth floor of the Medical Education Building in the Hirsh Health Science Library is the food4thought cafe. The cafe offers smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, grilled Panini’s, sandwiches, soups, salads and a variety of hot entrees. Pastries, yogurts, vegetables, and fruits are also available. Beverages including espresso drinks, coffee, tea, and juice are also available. Located on the seventh floor of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, ‘SoupsOn’ offers a hot special of the day, two freshly prepared soups, and sandwiches. The café offers grab-and-go sandwiches, packaged salads, yogurt, snack foods, cookies, and brownies. 

    • Housing:

     Posner Hall is open to students looking for on-campus housing. Tufts University provides an Off-Campus Housing facility for the Tufts students and covers topics including rental listings, roommate searches, and Massachusetts tenant rights. 

    • The Tauber Fitness Center:

    Located on the lower level of the Medical Education Building, the fitness center consists of three areas: room for aerobic and strength training equipment; a small exercise studio; and locker rooms and showers. No fee is required from students. A valid Boston Campus student-ID is required to access the facility. 


    Admission Process (MD Program)

    Fulfill Eligibility Requirements: Undergraduates with any majors are allowed to apply, with the condition that they satisfy the Premedical Course Requirements and Technical Standards.

    • Provide MCAT Scores: All candidates must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) four years preceding enrollment. 
    • Complete the AMCAS Application: All candidates must complete and submit the online application of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
    • Complete Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application: All candidates must complete a Secondary Application which requires the applicant to submit letters of recommendation and a $130 application fee. 
    • Premedical Course Requirements

      Coursework Prerequisites:

      Biology: Applicant must have completed a full year of introductory or advanced biology coursework. 

      Note: Any courses offered by the biology department for science majors are acceptable.

      Chemistry: Applicant must have completed two years of chemistry coursework i.e. one-semester course in general chemistry and a one-semester course in organic chemistry. A semester course in biochemistry is highly recommended 

      Physics: Applicant must have completed a semester of physics coursework. 

      Note: Any course offered by the physics department for science majors is acceptable. 

      Advanced Placement: Applicant must note that AP credit does not reduce required coursework for biology and physics. For biology, a full year of college coursework is expected and a semester of college coursework in physics. Chemistry requirements may be fulfilled partially by AP credit. The credit may be applied to fulfill the general chemistry requirement and as one semester of the two years totals required coursework. 

      Competency Prerequisites:

      English: Applicant must be competent in spoken and written English.

      Note:  English literature coursework is not required.

      Math:  Applicant must be competent in the basic concepts of statistics

      Biology: Applicant must be competent in Mendelian genetics as well as cell and molecular biology. 

      Laboratory: Applicant must be competent in laboratory skills equivalent to two years of laboratory course work. 

      Technical Standards

      The Technical Standards define the essential functions (all non-academic criteria) criteria that are necessary and that an applicant or medical student must be able to perform to be admitted to Tufts. The following skills are considered essential 

    • Observation
    • Communication
    • Motor Function
    • Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
    • Behavioral and Social Attributes: 
    • Letters of Recommendation

      Applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation from college faculty members, volunteer activity supervisors, employers or other sources that may attest to the applicant’s qualifications. There is no maximum limit on the number of letters of recommendation. However, applicants usually submit between three to five letters. 

      Note: Letters are only accepted via the AMCAS Letters Service.

      Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

      All applicants are required to submit their MCAT scores. Currently, scores from within the four calendar years preceding enrollment i.e., taken after July 1, 2016, is acceptable. Scores from exams taken by September 2019 are eligible to complete an application in the current cycle. For multiple MCAT’s from a single applicant, all MCAT scores are considered and the highest MCAT total is noted.

      Secondary Application

      Tufts University School of Medicine will send an email inviting the applicant to submit an online secondary application after receiving the student’s initial AMCAS application. The email will include a password that will allow the applicant to access Tufts University School of Medicine online secondary application web site. The deadline for the secondary application is January 15.

      Interview Session

      Chosen candidates are called to the Boston campus for personal interviews between September and March. Emails are sent to applicants notifying them either of an interview invitation or stating that they are no longer under consideration. All applicants will receive either their email by March 31. The interview program consists of a full day of presentations, lunch, a tour, and the chance to meet the current students. Plus two individual-based interviews with members of the Admissions Committee. Admitted candidates are required to pay a $100 as a tuition deposit (requested in the Spring) that is refundable if the candidate withdraws the deposit before April 30. 


    Admissions Timeline

    June – November

    Tufts School of Medicine receives applications from AMCAS 

    July – January

    Tufts School of Medicine receives secondary applications and letters of recommendation

    July – March

    Completed applications are reviewed

    August 1

    Deadline to complete Early Decision AMCAS application

    August – March

    Tufts School of Medicine sends invitations to interview

    September 1

    Deadline to complete Early Decision Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application

    September – March

    Tufts School of Medicine interview season

    October 1

    Tufts School of Medicine notifies Early Decision applicants of application outcome

    October – April

    Tufts School of Medicine Admissions Committee admits selected applicants

    October – March

    Applicants no longer being considered for admission receive letter of regret

    November 1

    Deadline to complete regular AMCAS application

    January 15

    Deadline to complete regular Tufts School of Medicine Secondary Application

    March 31

    All applicants have received either an invitation to interview or a letter of regret

    April 30

    Tuition deposit refund deadline

    May – July

    Tufts School of Medicine admits selected applicants from Wait List

    Late July

    Orientation for the Entering Class


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