Summer Medical and Dental Education Program
The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free, six-week, summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. The program’s goal is to help increase the competitiveness of college students from disadvantaged backgrounds for application to medical and dental school. SMDEP is implemented at 12 program sites across the nation:
- Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine and Dental Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
- Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine, New York, N.Y.
- David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.
- Howard University Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dentistry and Medicine, Washington, D.C.
- The University of Texas Dental Branch and Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas
- UMDNJ New Jersey Medical and New Jersey Dental Schools, Newark, NJ
- University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Louisville, Ky.
- University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry, Omaha, Neb.
- University of Virginia School of Medicine Charlottesville, Va.
- The University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Seattle, Wash.
- Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Each program site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and financial planning and health policy workshops. Applicants can compare program site curricula by visiting www.smdep.org/progsites/start.htm.
To be eligible for SMDEP, an applicant must:
- Be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college.
- Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with 2.75 in the sciences.
- Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa.
- Not have participated in SMDEP previously. Other factors considered in the admissions process include whether an applicant.
- Identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and dentistry (as defined independently by each program site).
- Come from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background.
- Have demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
The program gave me the confidence that I could do it—even challenging courses like calculus and physics. We received an overview of these classes, so they were not as intimidating. We were all there for the same purpose. It was just a great opportunity of learning and support.