Application to the MD/PhD is coordinated with Tufts University School of Medicine and the American Medical College Application System (AMCAS). Applicants admitted to the MD/PhD program are admitted to both the GSBS and Tufts University School of Medicine in a combined application and interview process. Prospective students must apply through the AMCAS. Information on AMCAS and the admission process and the time line for admissions are available on the School of Medicine web site.
The MD/PhD program also offers admission through a Second Portal Program that is open to medical students enrolled at Tufts University School of Medicine. Applications are invited early in the spring semester of the second year of medical school. Successful applicants begin graduate studies after completion of Step I of the USMLE in July. Candidates for this track must demonstrate strong interest and accomplishment in research prior to and during the first two years of medical school.
Admission to the Tufts MSTP program is highly competitive. Four to five students are typically accepted each year from a pool of nearly 300 applicants. Applicants are assessed based on research experience, GPA, MCAT scores and performance at a personal interview. GRE scores are not required.
MD/PhD applicants follow this timeline.
All MD/PhD applications are reviewed by the program director, Dr Chin and Dr. Huggins the co-director in consultation with an admissions committee. These individuals assess qualifications, invite applicants for interviews. Applicants selected for interview are contacted by program staff via e-mail to make arrangements for their visit.
Applicants admitted to the MD/PhD program are also admitted to both the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Tufts University School of Medicine without separate application or interview. Applications that are not selected for consideration for the MD/PhD program may still be considered by Tufts University School of Medicine for admission to the MD program.
Second Portal Admissions
Students already enrolled in the MD program at Tufts University School of Medicine can also apply to the MD/PhD program through the Second Portal Program. Students with a strong research background, demonstrated research accomplishments and strong performance in the first two years of medical school are encouraged to consider this option. Students accepted through the Second Portal begin their MD/PhD studies with the PhD portion of their work.