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TUSM Match Day 2013

March 15 was “Match Day,” when fourth-year medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine gathered to learn where they will do their residency training following graduation. Nearly 200 doctors-in-training were in attendance, as well as their families, friends and the university community. Each was eager to receive the envelope which would contain the results of their match.

This year was the first time Tufts medical students were matched into a program called the “Maine Track” which is a partnership between Tufts University and Maine Medical Center for students interested in careers in rural areas.

Watch the video below to learn more about Match Day and see some of the excited students receive their matches.

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What Do Students Learn in Mobile Health Design?

Mobile Health Design is an online course offered by the Tufts School of Medicine. Taught by Assistant Professor Lisa Gualtieri, the course explores the role of mobile devices in consumer health at both national and global levels.

Some of the topics included in this course are trends in use of mobile devices, how design incorporates mobility and input/out capabilities of mobile devices, the role of big data and predictive analytics in public health, how and why consumers find and use health apps,  and techniques for creating, maintaining and overseeing the use of health apps. This five week course is conducted through a mix of lecture, discussion and skill-based exercises. The program culminates in the actual creation of a health app by the students for a real organization.

To learn what some students have done for their final projects, check out this YouTube channel and watch below as Meghan Hamrock, N13, shares details on her final project about medical adherence and the app version for patients:


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Med Students Dance for a Cause

Students at the Tufts Medical School recently showcased their talent for a cause at their annual Multicultural Performing Arts Show (MPAG). Proceeds of the show went toward the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, a scholarship that subsidizes college application fees for underprivileged high school seniors from the Boston Public School System.

The Medical School’s class of 2015 contributed to the effort with a bhangra/bollywood dance that highlights Tufts’s multi-talented students as well as the support and pride they find in this community. Check out their performance:

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There Could be an App for That!

Amy Vaz, a Pain Research,  Education and Policy Program (PREP) student at the Tufts University School of Medicine, has envisioned an app that focuses on the positive.

For her capstone project, Amy conceptualized an app that would allow individuals with chronic pain to monitor their better days. She was inspired to create it when she realized that the existing apps only helped individuals to monitor pain levels on bad days.  She calls the smartphone app, “Chronic Pain: The Good Day Diary.”

The PREP program is the first and only multidisciplinary postgraduate pain management masters program in the United States. For more information on Amy’s project and on PREP, check out this blog.

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Summer Institute: Digital Strategies for Health Communication

This summer, the Tufts School of Medicine will be facilitating its fifth Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication. The week-long course aims to educate participants about connecting with patients through digital technology, including the web, social media, and mobile apps.

Tufts faculty and guest lecturers will help students define cutting-edge tech strategies, evaluate relevant case studies, and understand materials from Consumer Reports, ABC Health News, and other sources. In the video below, you’ll hear from Robyn Alie, from the public health department at the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and Frank Fortin, chief digital strategist and communications director for the MMS.

Students at the summer institute will work on a case study of MMS’s digital influence, and Alie and Fortin are excited to see what the Tufts community has to say. Check out the video below for more information:

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Mobile Health Design Course

Lisa Gualtieri, Assistant Professor in the Health Communication Program at Tufts School of Medicine, taught an online course on “Mobile Health Design” this summer. The course covered trends in health-related apps for smartphones, as well as techniques for developing, designing, and evaluating new health apps. In the video below, Gualtieri speaks with Samantha Noderer, a Health Communications student who learned a lot of useful information in the course. She particularly enjoyed the group project for the course, which asked students to design a new app for weight loss management.

Watch the video here:


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Beantown Beauties

Maia Majumder, E12, spends her days working at Tufts’ downtown campus, but she makes time to explore her passion for fashion on the side. Majumder, who graduated from Tufts as an engineer last May and will receive her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics this spring, recently started “Beantown Beauties,” a blog covering fashion and style in the greater Boston area.

The idea for the blog is simple – Majumder photographs well-dressed Bostonians she encounters on the street, at work, in Starbucks, or wherever else she happens to be, and then shares the photos with her online followers. She says:

The idea is very simple. I ask beautifully dressed people I see on the street if I may quickly photograph them and their outfits for this blog. As most of us who dress beautifully tend to do so (at least partly) to make an impression on those around us, most say yes. (Plus, what a better way to make someone’s day than to note his or her excellence?)

She also provides links to affordable fashion sites and suggests some of her favorite local spots. Check out Beantown Beauties here, and get a glimpse into the fashionable side of Boston.

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Benefit Concert for The Sharewood Project

The Sharewood Project, a free healthcare organization run by first and second year students at Tufts University School of Medicine, will host a benefit concert on October 13 to celebrate 16 years of providing free medical services around the Boston area.

The event is part of a partnership with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and will feature works from  Robert Kyr, Mozart, and Prokofiev. According to the event website, “The orchestra’s members are primarily healthcare professionals, from students to staff, who have chosen Sharewood as a Community Partner for their Healing Art of Music program. All proceeds from ticket sales will support the important services that Sharewood provides.” These include clinical case management, laboratory screening, psychiatric, dental, ophthalmic sexual and women’s health, dental screening, nutrition counseling, vaccinations, and social services.

The Sharewood project, whose name comes from Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest idea of giving to the poor mixed with the idea of a shared learning experience between those receiving medical help and those providing it, relies entirely on donations and fundraising to provide their services. For more information on this year’s symphony fundraiser or to buy tickets, check out the event registration. For more information on Sharewood, check out this video that appeared on the NBC Nightly News last fall:



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White Coat Ceremony

On September 15, incoming students at the Tufts University School of Medicine participated in the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The event, which took place at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, has served as a rite of passage for incoming students since 1997.

Each student received his/her white coat from University President Anthony Monaco and the group recited the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice medicine responsibly and ethically, in unison. The Tufts Alumni – School of Medicine posted these photos and more to an album on their Facebook Page. Check them out!


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A Modern Hippocratic Oath

On Saturday, more than 200 students at Tufts Medical School were welcomed into the medical profession during the annual White Coat Ceremony. The Class of 2016 came together at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston to receive their white coats and then celebrated at a reception at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Common Health, a WBUR blog, wrote about the ceremony and also about the Hippocratic Oath that all medical doctors take. Although many people know of this oath, most don’t know that the modern version has a Tufts connection. The modern oath was written in 1964 by Dr. Louis Lasagna, who later became Dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. This updated oath emphasizes a “holistic and compassionate approach to medicine” and has been adopted by many medical schools.

Take a look at these excerpts from the old and new oaths (from the Common Health blog):


I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant.

Modern version by Dr. Louis Lasagna:

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

Congratulations to the newest Tufts medical students on receiving their white coats!

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