Our MSTP curriculum is designed to integrate all aspects of training and provide students with maximum flexibility. 

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Entry and Summer Research

MSTP students typically arrive on the Tufts Health Sciences campus in mid to late June and begin their studies with a research rotation. Students discuss rotation opportunities with program leadership before arrival to ease the transition to Tufts.

Research During Medical School Years 1 & 2

While much of the first two academic years is occupied with the medical school curriculum, MSTP trainees remain engaged in research through selectives. As part of the medical school activities, students complete didactic courses, have the first exposure to patient interaction but also can maintain contact with research activities through the selective program. Opportunities to take some graduate school courses are also available.

A second research rotation is completed in the summer between years one and two of medical school and most students identify their PhD thesis lab after this rotation. 

Following completion of USMLE step I after the second year of medical school, trainees complete at least one clinical rotation before they begin work on their PhD thesis.

The Sackler School and the PhD

The Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences oversees PhD studies and is home to more than 190 faculty who train students in six graduate programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology; Genetics; Immunology; Molecular Microbiology; Neuroscience; and Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.

Course requirements  info

While focusing primarily on the PhD thesis, students complete the required clinical rotation in Family Medicine.

Completing Medical School

The PhD thesis is defended before students return to complete the medical school curriculum. During these years, students complete required and elective clerkships and focus on developing the clinical skills they will need to become effective physicians. Elective blocks are available to allow for research time or for exploring different clinical disciplines. Students receive both the MD and PhD degrees in a single commencement ceremony when their studies are completed.

MSTP Contact Information









James Schwob, MD, PhD
Program Director

Administrative Office
Sackler 813
Phone: 617-636-6767
Fax: 617-636-0375


Health Science Campus

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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.

Tufts Medical Center

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Tufts Medical Center is home to many Sackler faculty members.


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The Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute attacks problems in health-related research.
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