Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

"Equipping Scholars for SUCCESS in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy"



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.

Summer 2017 will mark the 12th year of the program at the University of Louisville. It will convene June 4 – July 14, 2017.

Application material and program details are available at the SHPEP website. (

Applications for the 2017 session will be available November 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017.




For more information, please read our SMDEP newsletters:

Fall 2017 Newsletter: Volume 10, Issue 1

SHPEP FALL 2017 Cover

Fall 2016 Newsletter: Volume 10, Issue 1

Fall 2015 Newsletter: Volume 9, Issue 1

Spring 2015 Newsletter: Volume 8, Issue 1

Fall 2014 Newsletter:Volume 7, Issue 1

Spring 2014 Newsletter:Volume 6, Issue 1

Fall 2013 Newsletter :Volume 5, Issue 1

Spring 2013 Newsletter :Volume 4, Issue 1

Fall 2011 Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 1

Summer/Fall 2010 Newsletter :Volume 2, Issue 1

Fall 2009 Newsletter : Volume 1, Issue 1