Qualifying Exam


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.

The qualifying 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.

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.

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