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Applications Open December 1 for Summer 2024 Tufts Pre-College Programs!

Health Sciences Pre-College Programs

Explore our Summer 2024 programs with focuses in medicine, scientific research, and veterinary medicine.

Health Sciences Program Offerings

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Session 1: July 7- 19, 2024
Session 2: July 21- August 2, 2024
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Discover if the exciting career of veterinary medicine is right for you! Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program that will give you a deeper understanding of the veterinary profession and the demands of veterinary school. As one of the most progressive and well-regarded veterinary schools in the country, Tufts University was the first to offer this type of educational programming. For over 30 years, AVM has inspired individuals who share a passion for veterinary medicine.

Mini Med School: Clinical Experiences

Session 1: June 24 – 28 COMMUTER ONLY
Session 2: July 21 – 26
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This summer intensive provides driven students who are interested in medical school (or in other health professions) the opportunity to study with one of the nation's leading medical schools - Tufts University School of Medicine.

Mini Med School: Careers in Medicine

July 7 – 19, 2024
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This summer intensive provides driven students who are interested in medical school (or in other health professions) the opportunity to study with one of the nation's leading medical schools - Tufts University School of Medicine.

Lab Science Investigations

Antimicrobial Resistance
July 7 - July 19, 2024
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Take a deeper dive and explore the various facets of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and its impacts on society, especially in agriculture, animals, and people. 

Meet our Program Leads


Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

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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

University College

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.

Related Summer Offerings



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 RacismRussia's war on Ukraine: why, why now, and what's next...Introduction to Children's MediaArt, Truth, and Misinformation, and many more. 

Tufts Summer Research Experience

This program welcomes high school juniors and seniors with prior research experience to join us for a semester at Tufts under active mentorship by one of Tufts' world-class researchers to learn hands-on laboratory techniques and/or data and processing skills. Students will work in Tufts research laboratories, actively participating in the rigorous research being explored at Tufts. Students will gain proficiency in authentic research practices as they work side-by-side with the faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and students at Tufts University. Although the particular techniques and areas of research will depend on the research team that hosts each student, all students will actively contribute to ongoing research projects and learn about research ethics and how to evaluate information objectively. 

Full Semester Hallmark Courses




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