Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Louisville, KY.
Type Academic Enrichment, Clinical Observation, Rural Health


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at UofL, formerly the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), introduces prospective professional school scholars to the academic realities of medical, dental and pharmacy training, while emphasizing Interprofessional Education. Our hallmark activity is a FREE three credit-hour course entitled, “Introduction to Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences”, with tuition paid by the program. Young scholars participating in this course experience a new way of integrating and applying the basic sciences utilizing team-based medical/dental/pharmacy applications and experiences. Scholars leave the program with a new level of enthusiasm, motivation and tools to do well in the upper-level science courses and increased chances of obtaining their goal of becoming a health care professional.

This innovative six-week summer academic enrichment program exposes 80 scholars from across the country to the concept of Interprofessional Education while engaging them in Science Academic Enrichment; Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Career Development; Personal Development including Oral Hygiene and Understanding the Valuing SELF & Others; Health Disparity Overview & Discussions; Learning Skills Orientation; Written & Oral Communication Development; Clinical Experience; and Financial Planning Orientation.


To be eligible for SHPEP, 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 SHPEP.

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

Mary Joshua
Office of Minority and Rural Affairs,
Louisville, KY
Phone: 502-852-5796