Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT.
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Observation


Yale SMDEP is a six-week intensive summer program for highly motivated first and second year college students who are considering a career in medicine. The Yale program has five primary components:

  • Science modules expose students to a problem-focused learning model of science education that is similar to that used in many medical schools
  • Writing and communication class offers students workshops and seminars that will improve reading and writing skills, including development of a personal statement for medical school application
  • Clinical exposure provides students with a variety of clinical experiences to develop an understanding of the doctor-patient relationship
  • Career planning and guidance in seminars and one-on-one sessions offers students practical and detailed advice and guidance about the medical school application process, including financial aid and financing a medical school education.
  • Biomedicine in the 21st century is discussed in a lecture series given by Yale faculty to give students an understanding of the breadth of career opportunities and the many challenges facing biomedical science in the years ahead.


To be eligible for SMDEP, an applicant must:

  • be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college;
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  • be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; and
  • not have previously participated in SMDEP.

What other factors are considered in the admissions process?

  • If you identify with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry (as defined independently by each program site);
  • If you come from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
  • If you have demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations; and
  • If you submit a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.

More Information

Ms. Linda Jackson
Yale SMDEP Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 208036
New Haven, CT 06520-8036
203-785-7545 (phone)
203-737-5507 (fax)