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Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Summer Health Professions Education Program

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The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE, transformative summer experience for students interested in the health professions. Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), SHPEP has been shaping careers and changing the lives of premedical and predental college students for over 30 years. Now, in addition to dentistry and medicine, the program offers opportunities to explore other health careers, including nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health.



The FREE six-week summer enrichment program prepares college students for a career in the health professions by enhancing their academic proficiency and providing career development opportunities. Participation in SHPEP may better position students for acceptance into advanced-degree programs.

Visit the website for additional information on applying and becoming a scholar of the SHPEP experience!



Eligibility Requirements


  • High school graduate and currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5
  • U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Must not have previously participated in the program

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background and/or has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting under served populations.
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation



Program Benefits


  • Housing, meals, a stipend, and travel assistance
  • Guidance from current admissions deans, health professionals, students, and SHPEP alumni about how to pursue their profession of interest


Contact the National Program Office

Phone: 1 (866) 587- 6337 (toll-free)


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