MD/PhD - MSTP
The mission of the Tufts MSTP is to foster the development of diverse and talented trainees into resilient, adaptable, and innovative physician-scientist leaders who will drive solutions to existing, emergent and future critical health care challenges over the course of their careers. Our trainees learn to conduct and lead rigorous and reproducible research and develop competencies that promote the resilience needed to identify, adapt, and sustain efforts to meet evolving healthcare needs in our society, using the best evidence-based teaching practices.
We are deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and work to promote a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community.
This program is supported by a Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health. All students receive full tuition scholarships and generous stipends throughout their training.
Congratulations to our Graduating Class on the 2023 Match
Jake Bourgeouis, Internal Medicine - Research, Vanderbilt University Program, Nashville, TN
M. Lauren Donnelly, Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Joshua Man, Internal Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center Program, Los Angeles, CA
Maia Norma, Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Linus Williams, Internal Medicine, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA
Matthew Zunitch, Pathology, University of California - San Francisco Program, San Francisco, CA
Faculty and Research Programs
Our PhD training faculty is drawn from the members of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science (GSBS). MD/PhD students select their PhD mentor from these faculty and join one of our graduate programs during their PhD training years.
Application is coordinated with Tufts University School of Medicine and the American Medical College Application System (AMCAS). Prospective students must apply through the AMCAS.
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.
We also have a Second Portal Admissions process for students who are already enrolled in Tufts University School of Medicine.
Our students enjoy an integrated curriculum designed to provide continuity across the clinical and research aspects of their program. The entering class matriculates in mid-June and spends the summer doing one of two research rotations.
During the first two years, students complete the first two years of medical school and the USMLE Step I examination. They also conduct a second research rotation during the summer between the first and second years of medical school. Thus, they are ready to begin their PhD studies in May of year two.
Following completion of the PhD and the thesis defense, students return to the medical school to complete their final medical training.
Students selected for the MD/PhD receive full tuition, an annual stipend, and health insurance through the entire program.
MD/PhD students are supported by a combination of funds including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Grant, Graduate School of Biomedical Science school training grants, and Tufts University School of Medicine.
Meet Our Students
Our students come from across the US and are pursuing a wide range of research projects.
Publication of research is a key part of training and our students publish their work in excellent journals.
Meet our Director
Michael Chin, MD, PhD is the director of our MD/PhD program. Dr. Chin obtained his MD/PhD from the University of Rochester. After internship and residency in Medicine at Johns Hopkins, he completed his research training at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science at the National Institute on Aging and did a cardiology fellowship at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.
Learn More about the MD/PhD
You can find answers to common questions about our program on our FAQ page.
Check out our admissions and completion statistics
In addition to the range of activities available at the School of Medicine and the Graduation School of Biomedical Sciences, our program sponsors a number of activities.