All MERGE-ID trainees will complete the qualifying examination
during the spring of their second year in the program. This examination
is a major milestone in the education of all PhD students at the
Sackler School and involves the development of a research problem
distinct from the student’s thesis project. The project is presented
to an examination commmittee in writing in the style of a research
grant and defended in an oral examination.
examination for MERGE-ID students includes a component that
demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the way in which clinical
aspects of the problem they have chosen can be integrated into the
research question.The examining committee will contain at least one
physician knowledgeable about the topic of the examination. Successful
completion of the examination is required.
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.
Apply to the Sackler School
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