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Tufts Pre-College Health Sciences Programs
Health Sciences Program Offerings
Meet our Program Leads
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine
John Chenier, Program Lead
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
John Chenier (he/his series) currently serves as the Recruitment Outreach Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Climate at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. For the past 20+ years, John has worked in post-secondary and graduate admissions, as a high school teacher, and as an athletic and career coach at a variety of institutions. He holds a B.A. from Fairfield University and Masters in Education at Cambridge College with a focus on interdisciplinary studies.
Mini Med School
Berri Jacque, Director
School of Medicine
Dr. Berri Jacque is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and teaches immunology in a number of professional programs (medical, dental, PA, and MBA) at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). He directs The Center for Science Education at TUSM which aims to bring biomedical learning to high school classrooms, with the goal of broadening participation in science. Using a collaborative approach with high-school educators, his research focuses on understanding approaches that build interest in science and increase health literacy to prepare a diverse, engaged STEM workforce.
Tony Gao, Associate Director
Dr. Tony Gao has a background in biomedical engineering, specializing in cardiovascular biomechanics. Prior to joining the Mini Med School team, he was part of the TUSM Center for Science Education, where his postdoctoral work focused on the development of online graduate courses for high school biology educators. Dr. Gao is interested in the potential of educational gaming and other interactive media as equitable tools to improve engagement with topics such as health literacy and science communication, both within and outside the classroom.
Lab Science Investigations: Antimicrobial Resistance
Revati Masilamani, Program Lead
School of Medicine
Dr. Revati Masilamani is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education and teaches immunology in the professional programs at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). At the Center for Science Education (CSE) at TUSM, she also directs Teaching the Great Diseases, a graduate program for science teachers. This program aims to bring cutting edge biomedical science and health literacy into high school classrooms by preparing teachers to teach complex biological topics using real world approaches. Her research focuses on models to strengthen engagement with science and health awareness in adolescent populations through inclusive, equitable teaching practices.
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Tufts Summer Accelerator
This program is designed to provide students with a chance to immerse themselves in the Undergraduate experience, allowing highly motivated students to engage in their own academic interests and develop their own ideas. Students enroll in 2 college-level seminars per 2-week session, designed specifically for high school students. These seminars are small (15-20 student), discussion based, interactive sessions in subject areas from across the University.
Choose from a variety of seminar topics including Social Psychology of Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism, Russia's war on Ukraine: why, why now, and what's next..., Introduction to Children's Media, Art, Truth, and Misinformation, and many more.
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