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Addressing Diversity

Diversity efforts:

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a FREE six-week summer career-enrichment opportunity for college freshman and sophomores interested in careers in the health professions. The health profession tracks available include: medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant and public health.

The program is committed to strengthening the career development of underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged students and prepare them for a successful career in the health professions.

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences:

    • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
    • Learning and study skills development, including methods of individual and group learning.
    • Clinical exposure through small-group rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars. This is limited to 5% of program time for all the sites.
    • Career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan.
    • A financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies.
    • A health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of health care, health systems, and the social determinants of health.
    • An introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

SHPEP is a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

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