Infectious Disease Problem Based Learning or ID-PBL is designed to immerse students in MERGE-ID training as soon as they arrive at the Sackler School.  The course uses the format of medical school problem-based learning through group discussion supervised by a physician and introduces trainees to selected infectious disease issues through readings and examination of cases.

Diseases that match areas of expertise of our faculty are featured and help students identify rotations and eventually thesis mentors who will match their interests. Examination and discussion of cases is supplemented by physician-supervised patient presentations in a clinical setting.  ID-PBL also provides each trainee with a framework to identify his or her first rotation project and develop the research question through collaboration with a basic scientist and a physician. Each trainee presents the project at the end of the course.

Contact Information

Ralph Isberg








Ralph Isberg, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
M&V 4
Phone: 617-636-6750
Fax: 617-636-0337

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The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research