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New Name, Broader Focus for Summer Health Professions Education Program

New Name

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) recently announced that the former Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) has a new name and an expanded focus.

Renamed the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), the program continues to be supported through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has now expanded to incorporate learning opportunities for students interested in careers across the health professions, including nursing, pharmacy, physician assistants, and public health.

In 2017, SHPEP will take place at 13 program sites across the nation, including Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU). This is the firs time an osteopathic medical college has been selected to participate in the program. 

Broadened Focus

By expanding to additional health professions, the program will strengthen academic proficiency and career development opportunities for college students underrepresented in the health professions, including those from socioeconomically and educationally disadvantaged communities. SHPEP offers students a number of academic and career experiences, including an introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.
“For over 25 years, this program has opened up avenues to the health professions that, without the leadership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, would have remained very narrow,” said Richard W. Valachovic, DMD, MPH, President and CEO of ADEA. “It is very exciting to be involved in the next iteration of the Summer Health Professions Education Program, where we are living the promise of true interprofessional education and practice.”

Applications for the 2017 summer season will be accepted from November 1, 2016, through March 1, 2017.

Get more information about SHPEP and the application process on the Summer Health Professions Education Program website.