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Summer Health Professions Education Program

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Involved

Workforce Development Focus

Workforce Issues Addressed


Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Pre-med students, pre-dental students, pre-nursing / nursing students, pre-pharmacy students, pre-physical therapy students, pre-optometry students, public health students

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Attracting individuals to work in a healthcare profession; providing a benefit or incentive that encourages individuals to pursue a healthcare profession


The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free 6-week summer enrichment program that improves access to information and resources for college students interested in a health career. The goal of SHPEP is to support students that are underrepresented in the health professions by strengthening their academics and career development so they can successfully apply to and attend health professions schools. SHPEP is located at 12 universities in the US and each institution's program provides academic enrichment in science & math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars and financial planning workshops. SHPEP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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