Training at Tufts Medical Center

Growing. Learning. Discovering.

Sara Ross, MD is the director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, MA.The mission of our program is to train a diverse workforce of compassionate, empathetic, respectful and competent general pediatricians and subspecialists who strive to be life-long learners through evidence-based medicine in both urban and community settings. We aim to provide education in a collaborative, supportive and multi-disciplinary environment that promotes autonomy and creates pediatricians who are eager to take care of all children, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status and who value their responsibility to contribute to the communities they practice and live in.

Tufts Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. We are fortunate to be located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston and serve as the primary referral center and tertiary care hospital for a network of 5 community hospitals in the Boston metro area. Our exposure to patients and populations in the local community and surrounding suburbs enriches the training experience for our residents – it prepares them for a future on the front lines of community pediatrics or in specialized academic centers. 

Given recent current events and the heightened awareness of implicit bias and health equity, Tufts Medical Center are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion of all individuals. Our program is prioritizing initiatives that focus on these topics to both educate our trainees and faculty and support them as advocates for themselves and others.

In addition to a strong foundation of general pediatric medicine through both academic center and community rotations, we offer subspecialty experiences in every pediatric field to prepare residents interested in pursuing fellowship. With the help of supportive and experienced faculty, we prioritize individualization of the training experience. For residents seeking to supplement the curriculum with additional educational or networking experiences we support residents exploring away rotations, as well. 

While we focus on offering exceptional clinical training in general pediatrics, we also believe it is our mission to equip the next generation of child advocates, medical educators, translational researchers, quality specialists and global health providers with the skills and experiences to be leaders among their peers. Our goal is not to create a “one size fits all” program, but to highlight the distinctive characteristics that each of our residents bring to the training experience. We draw on the strengths of each individual to the benefit of our patients, our program, and the Floating community. 

It is tempting to say that our patient-centered approach to care, our collaborative teamwork, or our academic center packaged in a community hospital are what makes our training program special, though it is not these characteristics, nor is it the walls of the hospital that define us; it is the people within these walls. The faculty, nurses, residents, patients and every person at Tufts Medical Center creates a true “Floating family.” The success and accomplishments that we enjoy here stem from our drive to heal, to teach, to learn and to study, and for those reasons, I am proud to be a member of this family.

Sara Ross, MD, Director, Pediatric Residency Program