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Program Overview

Think you want to be a doctor? This summer intensive provides driven students who are interested in medical school (or in other health professions) to study with one of the nation's leading medical schools - Tufts University School of Medicine. Through lectures and medical case studies coupled with hands-on training in suturing, taking vital signs, and handling surgical and dental equipment students will begin to experience what it takes to study medical sciences. Field trips will expose students to real hospitals, clinics, research sites, and/or Boston-area biotech companies where doctors and health professionals of all kinds save lives, improve wellness, and conduct critical research and product development. Panels and discussions with medical students, admissions staff, medical doctors, and doctors from other health professions will help students get a feel for Medical School and the career options they have in Medicine and related health sciences.

This program places its content emphasis on infectious diseases and the global threat of antimicrobial resistant infections, two issues that are critical to doctors and medical professionals today. Students will learn how infectious diseases are diagnosed, the importance of appropriate treatment, the challenges doctors face today in combating multi-drug resistance, and the cutting-edge solutions to these challenges researchers are developing. As a part of this focus, students will contribute to a national research surveillance program to monitor antibiotic resistance.

With the belief that the future of medicine and medical training is a One Health approach, this program is uniquely interdisciplinary and is distinctive in its ability to draw on the stunning array of schools beyond the School of Medicine dedicated to the health science and medicine at Tufts University, including: the School of Dental Medicine, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Come study with us this summer and discover the field of Medicine!

Program Highlights:

  • Get hands on experience with suturing, taking vital signs, handling surgical instruments, running lab tests and more
  • Determine which health career is right for you! “Ask Me Anything” sessions with medical, dental, veterinary, and graduate students will help you decide
  • Participate in a medical school-style “case studies”
  • Take field trips to hospitals or clinics and Boston area biotech companies
  • See Boston and meet students who share your interest in health and medicine
  • Contribute to a national research project to detect and report antibiotic resistant microbe levels

Program Outcomes:

  • Experience the classroom and clinical settings through the perspective of a medical student
  • Learn what undergraduate and medical school admissions committees are looking for in applicants
  • Create a poster, video or a public health brochure on an infectious disease of your choice
  • Attend lectures by experts in medical, dental, veterinary, and biomedical sciences
  • Learn about some of the most cutting-edge alternative treatments for infectious diseases
  • Learn about how human health is linked to animal health and the environment through engagement with faculty in the Tufts Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance


Program Detail

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Tuition & Fees

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Financial Aid

Tufts Pre-College Programs are committed to welcoming students from all backgrounds to Tufts’ campus. Although we have only limited financial aid available, we do our best to distribute the funds to students for whom it can make the greatest difference in their ability to attend.

Availability of Awards

Each of the programs offering financial aid in this way offers a very limited number of scholarships, typically covering 75—100% of the program fee based on demonstrated need.

  • Fall: we will distribute any available aid in August, to those who submitted applications
  • Spring: we will distribute any available aid in December, to those who submitted applications
  • Summer: we will typically distribute two awards in February and will continue to issue awards in March and April, until all available funds have been distributed

Please note, international students are not eligible for financial aid at this time. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc


  1. Complete the Admissions Application for the pre-college program you would like to attend.
  2. Submit a Financial Aid Application (found below) for that program to
    1. Deadlines. Submit by the dates below to be considered for that month’s review cycle. Submissions will not be considered after available funds have been distributed.
      1. Fall: submit by August 1
      2. Spring: submit by November 1
      3. Summer: first deadline, submit by February 21
  3. We will review your Financial Aid Application after we have received the materials below and you have been admitted into the program:
    1. Completed Admissions Application
    2. Parental Consent Form (emailed to your parent after completing your application)
    3. Letter of Recommendation (if needed)
    4. High School Transcript (if needed)
  4. If you receive an award
    1. You will be notified by email within five business days of the deadline.
    2. You will have 10 business days to accept the award by emailing
    3. Tufts Pre-College Programs will then credit your student account with the amount of financial aid you received.
    4. Please note: Your enrollment in the program is still contingent on payment of any remaining balance after the award is applied to your account, and on receiving your enrollment forms.
  5. If you do not receive an award, your application will be automatically considered in the next application cycle for the program term in which you are applying, unless funds are no longer available.
  6. Once all of our funds have been distributed, we will notify all remaining applicants.

Financial Aid Application

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