The Clinical Practicum is an integral part of the MERGE-ID
curriculum and is completed in the summer of the third year of
study. This phase of the program involves extensive interactions that
immerse each student in the clinical aspects of the problem he or she
is studying for their dissertation research.
specific nature of the practicum is discussed with the thesis
committee and is designed to enhance the project. For example, a
student working on the molecular aspects that influence HIV variation
might conduct his or her practicum with a researcher focused on the
effects of non-compliance with anti-retroviral medications on the onset
and severity of AIDS.
Data obtained during the Clinical
Practicum should be integral to the dissertation and help students
understand the ways in which their research addresses a central
clinical problem. The activity identified by the student is subject to
approval by the student's thesis committee.
Ralph Isberg, PhD
Health Science Campus
The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.