Tufts Medical School: How to Get Accepted



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This page serves as a high-yield resource for Tufts Medical School. The information from this page is a GOLDEN resource. We’ve compiled it from Tufts medical school acceptance rate data, the Tufts University Medical school website, and most importantly, from Tufts med students themselves! You will have facts such as Tufts medical school admissions statistics and you’ll get an insider perspective about the curriculum.

Tufts is unique because it has both a traditional curriculum based in Boston and a rural track based in Maine, which focuses more on rural medicine and primary care.

Whether you’re comparing medical schools that you have been accepted to, preparing for an interview, or wanting to learn more about Tufts med school, keep reading!

Tufts Secondary Application

Tufts Medical School Secondary Application Essay Prompts:

There are 4 secondary essays for Tufts’ medical school application. Although they are relatively short, your answers to the questions can give the Tufts medical school admissions committee a different insights about who you are, thus making your application stronger.

Essay 1) Do you wish to include any comments (in addition to those already provided in your AMCAS application) to the Admissions Committee at Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Essay 2) Do you consider yourself a person who would contribute to the diversity of the student body of Tufts University School of Medicine? (1000 characters)

Essay 3) Do you have any withdrawals or repeated coursework listed on your transcript(s). (1000 characters)

Essay 4) Did you take any leaves of absence or significant breaks from your undergraduate education? (Do not include time off after graduation.) (1000 characters)

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Tufts Medical School Interview Format:

Interviews at Tufts Medical School are one-on-one traditional interview format, open file. This means that the interviewer most likely reviewed your application file prior to the interview. Based on our students’ experiences, they ask common medical school interview questions, such as the ones found in this blog: 4 Common Medical School Interview Questions and How to Answer Them


Want to learn more about how to prepare for your medical school interview? Get tips and tricks to ace interviews! Read our popular traditional interview preparation blogs here: 3 Tips to Ace Medical School Interviews


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Tufts Medical School Acceptance Rate







Admit Rate


Tufts Med School Median GPA: 3.65

Tufts Med School Median Old MCAT: 33 Total (10 Verbal / 11 Physical Science / 11 Biological Science)

Tufts Med School New MCAT: 512 (128 chemical & physical / 127 critical analysis / 128 biological & biochemical / 128 psychological, social)


Your Tufts Medical School  Admissions Advisers

Rachel Rizal, MD

Rachel Rizal, M.D.

Changing the trajectory of people’s lives

Undergraduate: Princeton University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Harvard, Emergency Medicine
What I did After College:
• Improved vaccine distribution in developing countries
• Worked with the World Health Organization in the Philippines
• Launched a national HIV Awareness Campaign in the Philippines
• Produced an HIV awareness commercial for MTV
• Worked full-time at a healthcare consulting firm, advising pharmaceutical companies
• Created a public health program in Stanford’s Emergency Department
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Rishi Mediratta, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Advising students to attend their dream schools

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University
Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine
Residency: Pediatrics, Stanford
Masters: Masters in Medical Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies; Masters of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What I did after I graduated:
• Interned with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
• Founded and launched an NGO to improve the health and education of Ethiopian
• World Bank consultant who helped implement Ethiopia’s national nutrition program
• Partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health to study child health practices in communities

The Insider’s View on How to Get Into Tufts University Medical School

How to Get Into Tufts University Medical School – Know the Curriculum:

**As of 2019, Tufts med school has a NEW curriculum**


Tufts Medical School Curriculum (Traditional Curriculum): 

Pre-Clinical Years:

As a Tufts med student, you only do pre-clinical work for the first 1.5 years (or January of your second year). There is a focus on case-based problem solving. They also integrated a lot of innovative medical education ideas, including the flipped classroom. There is a new clinical simulation center for students.

At the end of the first year, you start Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP). During this class, you spend one day a week in a primary care office, allowing you to have longitudinal experience in primary care.


Clinical Years:

March of your second year at Tufts med, you start your clinical rotations.

The 2nd to 3rd year curriculum consists of:

  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Surgery (8 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • OB-GYN (6 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (6 weeks)
  • Elective (8 weeks)

The fourth year curriculum consists of additional advanced clinical rotations.

  • Selective (4 weeks, ambulatory medicine or surgery)
  • Geriatrics (4 weeks)
  • Sub-Internships (4 weeks)
  • Clinical electives, including international health (24 weeks)


Starting with the class of 2024, all students will complete a scholarly project during their four years at Tufts med.


To check out more details about the new Tufts curriculum:



Tufts Medical School Maine Track

Tuft’s Maine track spend most of their time doing clinical rotations in Maine. They cover the same content during the pre-clinical years (see above) and have the same access to faculty. There are key differences to the Maine program.

  • Clinical rotations are primarily throughout the state of Maine
  • During their 3rd year, the patients have the “Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.” Here, they follow a panel of patients throughout the entire year.
  • Generous financial and scholarship funding, making medical school cheaper. You can be considered for up to a $25,000 scholarship, renewable each year.

Find out more information at Tufts University School of Medicine’s website: Maine Track.


Taking Time Off:

Most MD candidates at Tufts graduate within 4 years.


Why choose Tufts Medical School?

The most common reasons we’ve heard:

  • Emphasis on primary care
  • Students are interested in community health and the communities they serve
  • New curriculum gives you a chance to do clinical rotations earlier than most at medical schools (start clinical rotations your second year)
  • Scholarly research support and training by the medical school and faculty members
  • Location in Boston
  • Tufts Medical School Maine Track

What students are saying about Tufts Med School

My med school classmates are very collaborative.

The medical school has a lot of hands-on experience in an urban setting.

If you go to Tufts med, you will be at a place with a rich, diverse environment... lots of opportunities for research, community engagement and professional development.

An active student body with many opportunities for fun and community service projects around Boston.

Unique highlights about pre-clinical years:

  • Interactive lectures including the flipped classroom, perfect for students for “active” learning
  • Clinical simulation center
  • Patient-focused, even during the pre-clinical years
  • Pre-clinical curriculum focuses on 4 threads: healthcare systems, population health, the patient experience, and professional development
  • Early exposure to patient care – one class dedicated on primary care, where Tufts med students spend one day a week in a primary care office
  • Problem-based learning and case-based small group learning

Unique highlights about clinical years:

  • Diverse patient populations and clinical settings
  • School places emphasis on primary care.
  • Ability to do Maine rural track
  • Scholarly project
  • One week boot camp at the end of your fourth year to prepare students for residency

Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Baystate Medical Center
  • Maine Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center
  • Lahey Clinic
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital

What students are saying about clinical rotations at Tufts Med School

Get ready to get exposure to different clinical settings! But you will definitely need a car.

I've received a lot of help with my research projects during my time at Tufts med.

You will receive strong clinical training here that is very pertinent to every-day medicine. My classmates did fairly well during residency match.

I matched at my #1 place for a surgical residency in the West Coast!


Where do students live?

Students mainly live in apartments around the Tufts med school campus.


Getting around:

There’s great public transportation in Boston. For almost all your clinical rotations, you need a car.


Financial Considerations:

  • You can apply for grants and financial aid with Tuft’s financial aid office.
  • Tufts Medical School Tuition: ~$61,000
  • Average indebtedness of Tufts Med graduates: ~$220,000

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