UCLA Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry
Los Angeles, CA.
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Research
Deadline February 15, 2018


6 week Summer Enrichment Program

We are delighted that you are considering the UCLA/DREW Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLA School of Dentistry, UCLA School of Nursing and the Charles R. Drew University School of Nursing. At UCLA/DREW SHPEP, we are committed to developing future leaders that will change the face of medicine and dentistry as well improve health care delivery, policy and research in underserved communities. Our faculty advisors, caring staff, community members and supportive fellow classmates are part of a vibrant campus community that will enthusiastically support you as you pursue your personal goals and turn them into accomplishments.

The UCLA/DREW SHPEP mission is to serve as a model learning community in which students examine a variety of healthcare issues affecting medically underserved communities through problem-based learning cases, lectures, clinical experiences, small-group discussions, and a research project. Students will also improve their learning skills and strengthen their foundation in science. Upon completion of this six-week program, students will be more aware of the urgent need for health care professionals in medically underserved communities and of the educational pathways that lead to providing medical and dental and health services to underserved populations.


To be considered for the UCLA/DREW Summer Health Professions Education Program, an applicant must:

  • Be a currently enrolled college freshman or sophomore
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • not have previously participated in SHPEP.

Other factors that are considered include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations;
  • Submits a compelling personal statement, diversity essay, and strong letters of recommendation.

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David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Geffen Hall
885 Tiverton Drive, Suite B27
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7055