Tufts University was established in 1850 as the Tufts
Institute of Learning. In 1872 the name was changed to
Tufts College, and in 1953 it became Tufts University.
This reflects transition from the small liberal arts college to a complex multi-campus university. The School
of Medicine was established in 1893. Because of the
diverse hospitals affiliated with the school, students are
provided with clinical experiences that range from
inner-city tertiary-level hospitals to rural-based individual preceptorships.
4-year modern. The program emphasizes, problem solving and critical, analytical discussion in small groups and
case-based learning. First and second years: Focuses on
the biology of cells and molecules followed by a segment
dealing with the structure and development of tissues and
organs, then the functions of the organs and the organism
and its environment.The biology of normal cells, tissues,
and organs is presented prior to exposure to the pathological manifestations of these components. The
curriculum also covers such topics as nutrition, health
care economics, family medicine, ethics, socioeconomics, physician-patient relationship, and history of
medicine. The Preclinical Elective Program is designed
to encourage students to pursue outside interests and talents as well as to foster meaningful faculty-student
relationships. Students can explore opportunities in basic
science,clinicalmedicine,orcommunityaspectsofmedicine. In addition, the faculty is able to work more closely
with students and to serve as role models, mentors, and
informal advisors. Third year: Consists of rotations
through the major clinical specialties and an elective
period. Fourth year: Consists of a minimum of eight 4week rotations. Five of these 8 must be taken at
Tufts-affiliated hospitals; of these, 2 must be ward service rotations and 1 must be the clinical specialties
rotation. Beyond these requirements, students are free to
schedule approved learning experiences as part of their
electiverotationsattheTufts-associatedhospitalsorelsewhere in the United States or abroad.
is directed primarily to the Boston, New England, and
New York areas. A preadmission summer program is
offered for accepted applicants. Other degree programs:
Combined MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of
disciplines including immunology and molecular biology. A combined MD-MPH program is also offered. A
combined MD-MBA degree in health management is
also offered in collaboration with adjacent schools.
Minimum premedical science courses are required, as
is proficiency in written and spoken English. Courses
in calculus, statistics, and computers are desirable.
There is no preference for state residents. Transfer and
advanced standing:Acceptance into the second or third
year is possible as places become available.
The system used is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Low
Pass/Fail. Passing Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE is
required for graduation.
Teaching: The major school structure is the Sackler
Center. Clinical teaching facilities are provided by the
New England Center Hospital (452 beds) and off campus by St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (385 beds), Bayside
Medical Center (950 beds), VA Hospital (769 beds),
Lemuel Shattick Hospital (250 beds), and others.
Other: Clinical research is carried out in the Ziskind
Research Building of New England Medical Center
Hospital. Library: The Health Sciences Library houses
92,000 volumes and subscribes to 1400 periodicals.
Housing: A residence hall for men and women is
located 1 block from the main building.