Summer Health Professions and Education Program (SHPEP)

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Newark, NJ.
Type Academic Enrichment, Test Preparation


The Summer Health Professions and Education Program (SHPEP) builds on our 30 plus years of experience in providing academic enrichment programs geared toward attracting students into the health sciences. The curriculum has been carefully designed to enhance students’ skills academically and personally, a requisite for success in medical/dental school.

The program will strengthen students’ skills by providing the science course work, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills necessary to ensure that they are competitive for medical/dental school.

The content will include an introduction of academically challenging courses with an emphasis on the acquisition of skills based on principles of adult learning. By the completion of the program, students will be able to identify and apply strategies and skills that work best for them. Specifically, our ultimate goal is to make the learner responsible for their education, a requirement of the life long learning skills expected of the medical and dental profession.

SHPEP is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals) six week summer medical and dental school academic enrichment program that offers highly motivated rising freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preperation.


  • The student must an U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa;
  • Be a college freshman or sophomore;
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5, or equivalent academic credentials and,
  • Have strong letters of recommendation

More Information

UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
Office for Diversity and Community Engagement

185 So. Orange Ave., B624
Newark, NJ 07103
Telephone: (973) 972-2396
Fax: (973) 972-3768