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One wonderful benefit of the Tufts program is its location in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Not only are the educational benefits unique and rich, but the quality of life is excellent. No matter your interests or way of life, Boston’s vibrant neighborhoods are sure to provide the diverse culture, spacious outdoors, and style of living you desire.

Education

Boston has many top-rated colleges and universities, including not only Tufts, but Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis, and Boston College. The Boston Metro area also offers excellent schools for Pre-K through high school as well. Massachusetts consistently earns many top rankings in the nation for the quality of its schools.

Opportunities for learning also extend beyond the classroom. Boston is a beautiful city with an immense history and a variety of educational locations to visit, like USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), which is the oldest fully commissioned warship in the world and a proud symbol of America’s naval history and the Boston Tea Party Ship. Plymouth Plantation and Sturbridge Village, which are also within driving distance of the city, offer a chance to experience life as it was like in 1600s at the time of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the early English settlers and in the early 1800s in a small New England town. Salem, with its rich history, is also close-by and reachable by either car or commuter rail. Boston is also home to the Freedom Trail, which is a self-guided walking tour of Revolutionary sites, which starts at the Boston Common, American’s oldest public park, and ends up at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.

Neighborhoods

The Boston Metro Area is composed not only of the various towns surrounding Boston, but Boston itself has several smaller neighborhoods, each with its own distinct feel and lifestyle.

Which neighborhood is the right one for you? In general, the closer to the center of Boston, the pricier and more updated your apartment will likely be, but it's also safe to assume that you will not have a yard. Your commute to Tufts Medical Center will be shorter. Inversely, the further you are from downtown Boston, the more common it is to have larger apartments with cheaper rent and a yard, but the commute to Tufts will be longer.

Residents live all over the city and suburbs of Boston, rarely opting for the same area, but the general trend centers around a place that has an easy commute. The orange line of the "T" has a stop that arrives directly at the doorstep of Tufts Medical Center, so most residents end up close to downtown or on the orange line (especially the cities of Back Bay, Malden, and Jamaica Plain). Not many people drive themselves to work because the T is easy, rapid, and cost effective.

For the city of Boston, here are some links that might help you get familiar with the various sections of Boston's diverse neighborhoods. However, the guides do not include other nearby towns where residents often choose to live such as Malden, Medford, Revere, and Jamaica Plain.

Outdoor Activities

Consistently recognized as an excellent walking city, Boston is also carefully planned to include plentiful green spaces. Unlike the stereotypical concrete jungle, it is truly possible to escape to nature with relative ease. Beautiful beaches, nature reserves and parks are plentiful, including the Emerald Necklace, a chain of green spaces winding its way through the Boston Metro Area and beyond, providing the opportunity to experience the unforgettable beauty of New England’s forests, beaches, salt marshes, and mountains. Rare salt marshes (including the Back Bay Fens and Belle Isle Reservation) are a unique water environment without any pesky mosquitoes (they cannot hatch in the salt water).

Outdoor activities are easily found. You can rent a sail or row boat by the hour, swim, windsurf, fly kites, bike, hike, geocache, camp, or have a relaxing picnic at the top of the mountains overlooking the city. Most activities require no driving. If you choose to drive, you can reach beautiful rustic farms (where you can pick your own fresh produce), or remote camping sites with ease.

Psychiatry

Boston is a unique training environment due to its strong psychiatry tradition. The city is filled with multiple diverse training opportunities and conferences and has a balanced psychodynamic, neurobiologic, and medical psychiatric experiences. Some of these training experiences include weekly psychotherapy lectures at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc. (BPSI), the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East (PINE), and the Psychoanalytic Society of New England, East; monthly neuroscience lectures at the Boston Society of Neurology & Psychiatry; and various psychopharmacology lectures offered throughout the year including the Annual Psychopharmacology Conference by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society (MPS) and the Psychopharmacology Update by Harvard Medical School. Richard Shader, MD, the Director of the Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Program at Tufts University School of Medicine and a regular lecturer in the Psychiatry Department’s Psychopharmacology Course, also offers a monthly advanced psychopharmacology seminar which Tufts Medical Center Psychiatry residents are invited to attend free of charge.

Transportation

Boston has a highly developed system of trains, buses, boats, and commuter rails that run through the entire Boston Metro region. The MBTA, or “T”, allows for easy transportation. The Orange Line exits just across the street from Tufts Medical Center, thus streamlining your commute every morning. It is not necessary to own a car to live and work in the Boston metro area, and a monthly T pass is often cheaper than parking. Additionally, Zipcars and other rental cars are available should a car actually be needed (i.e. for weekend getaways or unusual circumstances). See mbta.com for full details of the public transportation system in Boston.

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