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Our History

Students at white coat ceremony

The MD/PhD training program at Tufts Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences was founded in 1976 by Bruce Furie, MD with the admission of the first four students. The program continued on a small scale until a major reorganization in 1985 when the late Dr James Dice became the program director. The program obtained funding from the NIH in 1991.

During the 1990s, the program incorporated more student choice and began to allow students to matriculate without pre-identifying the graduate program in which they would eventually study. This change, still in place today, allows Tufts MSTP students to explore all of the graduate programs and make decisions about research direction after completing the first two years of medical school. Dr Dice was succeeded in 2004 by Dr Matthew Waldor.

In 2006, Dr James Schwob succeeded Dr Waldor as Program Director, a position he held until 2020. Dr Michael Chin, our present director, assumed leadership in 2020. He continues our strong traditions and is actively working to enrich program curriculum and activities.

Since its inception, 108 MSTP students have completed their training. Our students can now be found in academic medical centers and research laboratories in academic and industrial settings. Some of our students have chosen to enter private practice.

See the alumni page for a complete list of our alumni.

See our publications page for a listing of recent publications by our students

Contact Information

Michael Chin, MD, PhD
Program Director


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