Training resilient, adaptable, and innovative physician-scientists

Apply to the MD/PhD

Training resilient, adaptable, and innovative physician-scientists

Apply to the MD/PhD

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 2024 Match

Eri Anastas, Surgery, Zucker School of Medicine, Long Island Jewish Hospital
Daniel Heller-Trulli, Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jonathan Louie, Pathology, University of California - San Francisco
Zemplen Pataki, Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School
Sharon Wu, General Surgery, Cedars - Sinai Medical Center

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.

student using a microscope


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 in class
students in the sim lab


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

student in the lab

Our students come from across the US and are pursuing a wide range of research projects.

MD/PhD Students

Student Publications

science journals

Publication of research is a key part of training and our students publish their work in excellent journals.

Student Publications

Our Alumni

students at graduation

Learn about the careers our alumni are pursuing.

MD/PhD Alumni

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.

Meet Our Director


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

MD/PhD Statistics

Program Activites

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.

Program Activities

Contact Information

Michael Chin, MD, PhD
Program Director

Madeline Fodor 
Program Coordinator

Administrative Office
M&V 501
Office: 617-636-6767
Fax: 617-636-0375