Research rotations introduce MSTP students to the laboratory
opportunities available through the Sackler School of Graduate
Biomedical Sciences. MSTP students complete a minimum of two rotations,
finishing the first in the summer prior to entering year one of medical
school and completing the second in the summer between year one and
year two of medical school. A third rotation may be completed after
passing USMLE Step I prior to selecting a PhD thesis mentor. In rare
circumstances, a fourth rotation may also be carried out.
each of the rotations, students work on a research project with the aim
of learning laboratory skills and research approaches. Students are
encouraged to use the rotations to acquire a variety of skills and to
gain familiarity with a range of research areas, including areas that
they may not have explored before. The rotations also expose students
to the culture and atmosphere in the different graduate programs and
help students identify their dissertation laboratory. In practice,
students always do a rotation before making a final commitment to join
a laboratory for their dissertation.
arranged in consultation with program leadership who meet with each student
individually to explore research interests and help students find
rotations that meet their goals. Rotations must be conducted in the
laboratories of members of the Sackler School faculty.
are evaluated in writing and graded by the rotation mentor with a
letter grade. Success in a laboratory rotation is measured by skills
acquired, effort demonstrated, and knowledge obtained, not by the
success of the experiments attempted.
MSTP Contact Information
James Schwob, MD, 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.
Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center is home to many Sackler faculty members.
The Tufts Clinical Translational Science Institute attacks problems in health-related research.