Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

Editorial Note:
Chinelo Ikpeama, MBA, Editor-in-Chief, and Jonathan Batson, Junior Editor, both participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Chinelo Ikpeama attended Yale School of Medicine SMDEP in the summer of 2007. Jonathan Batson attended Howard Medical School SMDEP in the summer of 2009.
Summer Medical & Dental Education Program application opens November 1st.
by Jonathan Batson, Junior Editor.
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. It is a great program to be a part of, especially if you are planning on applying to medical or dental school in the near future. Do not wait to apply. Start early, get letters of recommendations, and proofread all work prior to submitting the application.
If you need help filling out the application, please contact Jonathan Batson, SMDEP Howard University 2009 Alumni, also an SMDEP Ambassador. When you fill out the application, please also put my name, Jonathan Batson, as a reference. For more information, please see my SMDEP business card below.
Who Is Eligible for SMDEP?
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.
Other factors considered in the admissions process include whether an applicant:
identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine and/or dentistry (as defined independently by each program site);
comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background;
has demonstrated interest in issues affecting underserved populations; and
submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation.
Each SMDEP site makes its admissions decisions on a “first come, first served” basis, therefore applying as early as possible increases your chance of being selected at your designated program site(s).
Students should contact their school’s health professions advisor or career counselor for advice on choosing which summer to apply to SMDEP and for other information about a career in the health professions.
For more information about SMDEP, please go to

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